IST is thrilled to invite you to the 2022 Spring Benefit on Friday, April 29th at Star Hill Ranch! Gather under the stars at this beautiful Hill Country venue to celebrate our wonderful community and support the next chapter in IST's incredible history: the imminent groundbreaking of our modern-day, dream campus in Bee Cave.
Our current 8+ acre property will soon be transformed, centering around the tools and spaces that our students need to challenge themselves, learn, and grow as today's Trailblazers and tomorrow's leaders. Our new campus will feature state-of-the-art STEM, Design, and Art Labs, and an Outdoor Garden Classroom. A multi-use Performing Arts and Athletics Center (PAAC) will feature ample space for events, competitions, and tournaments - and will include a fully-equipped stage to bring students, their families, and the broader community together to enjoy performances of all kinds.
When IST was founded in 2013, we never imagined it would grow so quickly to become Austin's premier IB school, now educating and engaging more than 180 students from Junior Pre-K through Grade 8. Our two campuses are bursting at the seams and we can't wait to reunite everyone on the new campus that will be our forever home.
As we prepare our students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow, we know that now is the time to invest in the technology and equipment they need to truly engage in 21st century learning. Each classroom on the new campus will be equipped with SMART boards and interactive tables to integrate technology with the collaboration and inquiry that is at the heart of an IST education. Your generous support of the Spring Benefit will help fund these purchases, equip these classrooms, and help set our students' paths toward their bright futures.
Supporting this year's Spring Benefit couldn't be easier! Select from one of our sparkling sponsorship levels listed below, or donate an item, service, experience, or even one of your skills/talents to make for a thrilling auction item.
Thank you very much for your consideration - we look forward to celebrating with you soon! If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us at ISTSpringBenefit2022@gmail.com or (702) 374-9063.
Vanessa Dzamba, Co-Chair Josephine Vasquez, Co-Chair
COMING SOON: Bee Cave Campus Expansion
Scheduled to break ground this spring, IST’s new campus will include an Academic Building and Performing Arts & Athletics Center that will provide our students with the space, technology, and resources to develop as inquirers, collaborators, and learners.
SMART Board interactive displays promote student collaboration, engagement, and problem-solving, and come equipped with a variety of teaching tools that make learning fun.
“Adding interactive tech has resulted in a more collaborative approach to teaching, leading to greater engagement from our students and stronger learning outcomes." - Head of IB School
Interactive tables ignite students' curiosity and imagination, and help children embrace what is now second nature to most of them: learning and accessing content using interactive technology.
"Children's eyes lit up! And best of all they were actually engrossed in quality learning." - IB School Lead Teacher
GALAXY (SOLD OUT)
Special thanks to the YCG Investments / Brian Yacktman and family for being our presenting sponsor!
DIRECT DONATION $6,000
Special thanks to the De Jong Family for a SMART board donation!
SUPER NOVA (SOLD OUT)
Special thanks to our Catering sponsor the De Jong Family!
RISING MOON (SOLD OUT)
Special thanks to our Entertainment sponsor the Anson Family!
BIG DIPPER (SOLD OUT)
COCKTAIL BAR $2,500
Special thanks to our Cocktail Bar sponsor the Donde/Bhagat Family!
AURORA BOREALIS (SOLD OUT)
Special thanks to our Auction sponsor the Cohen Family!
NORTH STAR (SOLD OUT)
STAR LOUNGE $1,000
Special thanks to our Star Lounge sponsors:
The Raj Family
The Farthing Family
GRADE-LEVEL SPONSOR $800
Special thanks to our Grade-Level sponsors:
The Stewart Family
The Nije Family
The Vela Family
The Sellakumar Family
The Norton Family
The De Jong Family
The Fazio Family
The Bereshkovsky Family
TEACHER/STAFF SPONSOR $600
Special thanks to our Equinox sponsors:
The Waterbury Family
The De Jong Family
The Welch Family
The Nivala Family
The Bansal Family
The Robinson Family
LITTLE DIPPER (SOLD OUT)
SIGNATURE DRINK $500
Special thanks to our Signature Drink sponsors:
The Jones Family
The Matta Family
The Shulz/Karnell Family
RESERVED COCKTAIL TABLE $300
Star Hill Ranch, located just a few minutes from our Bee Cave campus, is an enchanting outdoor venue that re-creates a typical Texas Hill Country community from the early 1900s. All of the evening's festivities will take place among its authentic, historic buildings that have been relocated from around the state and carefully restored.
History aside, Star Hill Ranch will certainly set the stage for members of our community to dress up, have fun, and get to know fellow IST parents and teachers. Guests will enjoy delicious food and refreshments, along with live music and dancing amid panoramic Hill Country views. Stroll down Main Street and head to the former post office to pick up your signature cocktail, then make your way to the old schoolhouse to peruse a variety of silent auction items. Our event at Star Hill Ranch is the perfect backdrop for those highly coveted photo ops and will certainly make for an unforgettable evening!
Auction donations are closed!
Thank you for your help!
Do you own or manage a retail business; have a lovely vacation home or tickets to performing arts or sporting events; possess a unique skill, talent, or hobby; have access to high-end wines or other items? There are so many creative ways to provide a tax-deductible, in-kind donation to auction off at the event! To learn more, click on the button below.
Auction donations are closed!
Thank you for your help!
...that might provide in-kind donations? If you frequent a gym, spa, boutique, salon, restaurant, or other small business in the community that would be willing to donate an item or gift certificate to auction off at the event, please have them complete the form linked below. When approaching potential sponsors or donors please provide them with our community-partner letter (PDF) for this event.
Interested in contributing to the event's success but not quite at a sponsorship level? All donations are tax-deductible and go directly toward making this starry night an evening to remember.
Vanessa Dzamba (Co-Chair)
Josephine Brookins (Co-Chair)
Lauren Belmonti (Tech/Auction Lead)
Natalie Malnor (Decor Lead)
Jen Cohen (MYP TPL Lead)
Michelle Waterbury (PYP TPL Lead)
Heather Bernard (Trustee: Marketing)
Magda Fazio (Trustee: Development)
How can I attend the “Written in the Stars Spring Benefit?
Tickets and private cocktail tables are available for purchase through the website. Food, refreshments, and entertainment are included with your ticket.
What do I wear?
This adults-only evening will be held at Star Hill Ranch, a beautiful outdoor venue. While there will be a number of unique indoor spaces available in which to sip, snack, and bid, the majority of the event will take place outdoors. Wear your favorite party outfit - casual, dressy, or somewhere in between - and outdoor-friendly footwear... and please be mindful of the weather!
Can I sponsor the event?
There are several sponsorship opportunities available to support this fun-filled event, proceeds from which will go directly to help fund the purchase of SMART Boards and interactive tables for each of the classrooms at our new Bee Cave campus. As a sponsor, you'll receive recognition (name and logo) on the event website and on print materials the night of the event. Contact Vanessa Dzamba with questions or for assistance in signing up as a sponsor.
How can I donate an item to the auction?
Have an idea or contact for an interesting, cool, or unique item you'd like to include in the auction? We want to hear it! Fill out this form. If you need assistance or have questions please contact Lauren Belmonti, Auction Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-525-9550. The silent auction will be mobile app-based, while the live auction will take place at the event on 4/29/22.
I'm unable to attend, how can I support the event?
There are several ways to support the event from afar, by donating an auction item, participating in the silent auction, or making a donation using the "DONATE NOW" button above. For more information and for assistance with registering for the silent auction, please contact Lauren Belmonti, Auction Lead, at email@example.com or 847-525-9550.
Still have questions about the "Written in the Stars Spring Benefit?"
Contact Vanessa Dzamba, Spring Benefit Co-Chair, at 702-374-9063 or ISTSpringBenefit2022@gmail.com