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Save the Date for our 2nd Annual Gala - December 6, 2024


Attention All: 

We are happy to announce that we are officially SOLD OUT for our 1st Annual STAS Holiday Gala. We are overjoyed by the support and generosity of our St. Thomas Aquinas community. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. We apologize for those that were unable to get a ticket and we hope you have the opportunity to get one next year. If you're still looking to support this year's Gala, please contact for silent auction sponsorship opportunities.


About the Event

The 1st Annual St. Thomas Aquinas School Holiday Gala, A Celebration of Excellence In Catholic Education will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023 in the Vista Grande Ballroom of the elegant Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel. This year, the inaugural event will commemorate the unique history and honor the founders of Rio Rancho's only Catholic elementary and middle school, St.Thomas Aquinas Catholic School. Attendees will enjoy a cash bar cocktail reception prior to a seated 3-course dinner with hosted bottled wine service. The event will also feature a silent auction, raffles, and dance following the evening's official program. A limited number of hotel rooms will be offered at a special rate for event attendees seeking overnight accommodations. All proceeds generated from the event will go toward the on-going initiatives of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School. Initiatives include but are not limited to scholarships, student activities, grounds improvements, and curriculum and faculty needs.


Auction Items

The countdown to the big day is here! Our First Annual Holiday Gala is less than two weeks away; and, what better way to shop for Christmas, than to make your gift count as a donation to our school.  

Here is a sneak peek at some of our amazing auction items:

·         Salon & Spa Experiences

·         Designer Jewelry

·         Fine Jewelry

·         High End Sunglasses

·         United Soccer Tickets

·         Amazing Signed Sports Memorabilia

·         Fine Art

·         A Tinnin Hunt Club Experience for Pheasant

·         Sweet Escapes Hot Air Balloon Ride

·         1 Carat Diamond Necklace

·         Over the top gift cards galore for restaurants and shops around town!

·         Gourmet Dinner For 10 with Monsignor

Don’t forget to enter to win one of our beautiful raffle baskets sponsored by our generous STAS families. Each one is an epic gift!

Be prepared to shop. On Gala night, we will accept cash, check, or credit card. All credit card transactions incur a 3.5% transaction fee.

Lastly, gala attendees will receive exclusive access to bid on 9 unique international and domestic vacation experiences with our sponsor, AmFund. These travel packages are designed for two and can be enjoyed in the next three years with no blackout dates. Attached, you will find a wonderful introduction to each vacation experience and links to videos of the trips.


We thank you for your support of the 1st Annual STAS Holiday Gala and look forward to an evening filled with joy and excitement as we celebrate 23 years of excellence in Catholic education.

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