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CMEC’s Annual Gala


The Annual Gala is a special evening for the Columbus Montessori community.  Each year, nearly 300 parents, alumni families, faculty and staff, and friends of the Center come together to celebrate and raise funds to support Columbus Montessori.  The Annual Gala is the Center’s largest fundraiser of the year with proceeds going towards financial assistance for students and school operating costs. In 2015, the Annual Gala raised more than $100,000!

The evening includes a dinner, silent auction, live auction and lots of fun! To learn more, read the 2015 Gala Q&A here.

This year, we are celebrating our 31st anniversary. Founded in 1984, Columbus Montessori continues to be the premier provider of Montessori education to a diverse community of students age six weeks to grade six in central Ohio.

We are VERY excited to announce that CMEC is going high-tech this year by offering online and mobile bidding for our Silent Auction. We will now place all bids online with our smartphone or mobile device. Don’t worry! Bidding Stations and volunteers will be in place throughout the night to assist with the bidding process, should you have any questions.

How it works:
Register online at
Browse the Silent Auction and choose from the many great items you would like to bid on. Put items in your watchlist for easy access at the event.
Place your bid on a selected item, with an option of setting a maximum bid.
You will be notified on your smartphone if you have been outbid.
Registering online is the quickest, easiest way to place bids in the auction! Simply register by entering your name, contact information, and payment method. Registering online will also help us provide you with a speedy check in and checkout at the event, and we may even have some items available for bidding before the event itself.

All guests will check in at the Registration Table on the night of the event. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone with you!

Make a donation to CMEC if you are unable to attend:

Thank You to Our Sponsors:


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Laurel and Mike Dawson and Victoria Powers and David Horn
Fran and Bryan Evans
Jamie Gottesman and Rick Teets
Joanna and Ryan Helon
Linda and George Neugebauer
Ransier, Fusonie and Whisler Families
W.E. Davis Insurance Agency

Judy Huang and John Lewis
Jahannah and Jeb Jamelarin
Jennifer and Greg Lestini
Linsey Skolds
Tania Ulloa-Malave and Quelvid Malave
Carey and Mark Vineis

Missy and Stephen Bedell
Nancy and Larry Case
Katy and David Frolick
Jacqueline and Brent Lampert
Elissa and Bill Litfin
Jennifer Okezie-Watts and Terry Watts
Carrie Sheehan and Bayardo Gonzalez
Kelly and Drew Shirley

Kelly Alexander
Jill and Brian Aubert
Adriana Castellanos and Joe Peffer
Vondolee Delgado-Nixon and Greg Nixon
Nancy DeRoberts-Moore and Robert Moore
Darla Doss
Diane and Andy Dunn
Suneeta Ganga
Elizabeth and Jacob Garrett
Elissa and Jason Gunsorek
Denise Hatter-Fisher
Rachael and Lanier Holt
Lisa and Ben Horn
Moira Konrad and Mark Engelhardt
Mary and william Lee
Julie and David Levy; Epstein Memorial Chapel
Carrie and Chris Liebtag
Inspiration to Movement; Rachel & Adam Maynard
Suzanne and Dustin Mets
Diane Meves and Paul Rothrock
Susan and Mark Miller
Chryso Mouzourou and George Pinteris
Hilary and Mac Price
Kelly Ruoff and Patrick King
Megan and Kevin Shook
Morna and Gary Smith
Elizabeth Young and Wayne Lin