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Oaks Christian Gala a Smashing Success

Oaks Christian School celebrated “All Night Long” as the community welcomed Grammy-winning artist and Hall of Famer Lionel Richie and celebrity television host Jay Leno to headline and emcee, respectively, its annual Dinner Auction Gala, which smashed all previous gala records. Held this year at the iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the historic event on April 1 surpassed all previous galas, raising over $1.4 million to support the school’s students and mission. The total proceeds came from sponsorships, online, silent, and live auctions and the Moment to Give pledges.  

The jaw-dropping moment of the evening was the live auctioning of the Goldendoodle puppy that went for a final bid of $100,000 after a fierce bidding war—causing even veteran auctioneer Jim Nye to comment he had never seen such a high ending bid for a puppy in his 30 years of professional auctioneering.  

While the puppy was the highest single item in the fast-paced live auction, six tours of Jay Leno’s Garage, which the famous comedian auctioned off himself, went for $20,000 each for a total of $120,000. The Taylor Swift concert at SoFi Stadium brought in an impressive final bid of $55,000.  

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