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International Gala 2024 Recap

Saturday, March 23, the Indiana State Museum was filled with Gryphon pride as the International School of Indiana community gathered for the highly anticipated International Gala. The event celebrated the students, faculty, families, and volunteers who make our school so special!

The evening kicked off with an inspiring message from Gala co-chairs and ISI parents Toby Ringle and Alvaro Tori. Throughout the evening, emcees Head of School Elizabeth Head and ISI Parent Chris Waters entertained and informed attendees, highlighting the mission of ISI and showcasing the remarkable achievements of students from the class of 2024. Graduating seniors took the stage, sharing heartfelt stories of their ISI journey and their aspirations for the future.

The Live Auction and "Raise Your Paddle" segments were undeniably the highlights of the evening, igniting a palpable sense of excitement and generosity among attendees. From thrilling experiences like a flight in a World War II Fighter Plane to heartfelt gestures of support for the ISI Annual Fund inspired by the Lower School Slide-A-Thon, each moment was met with enthusiastic participation and unwavering dedication.

The energy in the room was electric as attendees came together, united in their shared commitment to furthering ISI's mission and ensuring the school’s continued success.


  • Proceeds for this year’s event totaled $233,859, and $130,109 was raised at the event! 
  • Over 400 total supporters participated in the auction, in person and online.
  • Over 100 packages were included in this year’s Silent Auction, and over 1,200 bids were placed! The most popular items were the Lower School Principal For the Day with 75 bids, the handmade Bench from Tim Stroh Woodworking with 65 bids, and the Third Grade Class Photo with 53 bids! In total, the Silent Auction raised $41,835.
  • The Live Auction offered a variety of exciting experiences and raised $70,249. 
  • A “Raise Your Paddle” was the final appeal of the night, and donors gave $18,025 to support the ISI Annual Fund!


Click to watch Gala Slide-A-Thon Video.


  • The International Gala Co-Chairs: Toby Ringle & Alvaro Tori
  • Emcee and Auctioneer Chris Waters
  • Emcee and Head of School Elizabeth Head
  • Student Speakers from the Class of 2024: Simon Chen, Helena Duarte, Caitlyn Hempstead, Siyuan (Max) Huang, Kael Miller, Miles Mixon, Alexander Pecard-Lesse, and Anzie Wiseman
  • Board President Alonzo Weems
  • Parent Volunteers: Stephanie Aikins, Carrie Bryant-Salazar, Kelly Daneri, Lindsay Donaldson, Kylee Hope, Jalissa Hurd, Chelsea Koehring, Angie Lau, Monica Morrissey (‘04), Leyla Peeran, Melissa Piening, Carrie Pitman, Gregory Roberts, Sam Ryan, Nadia Savabi, Sara Senior, Claudia Stephenson, Rachel Stevens, Lisa White, Amy Willis, Heather Woods, Andrea Worthington
  • Employee Volunteers: Richard Bruford, Nick Hainsworth, Jenny Howell, Kim Jacobson, Geoff Peate, Tim Stroh
  • Student Volunteers: Makoto Buroku, Kennedi Green, Isabel Kim, Phyusen Kyaw, Nils Lahm, Aoife Lien, Sireen Moiz, Lucinda Montgomery, Tristyn Patel, Elena Ruckle, Preston Slate, Eduardo Willis
  • Businesses and individuals who donated auction items
  • Finally, our Gala attendees and supporters who put the fun into fundraising!

Mark your calendars now!

Join us on March 22, 2025, for the 30th Anniversary International Gala!

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