Saturday, September 14, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Grow the Dream by attending The Garden Party

What does it mean to Grow the Dream? You’ll find out when you meet our students, who excel in the classroom and on the field, in visual art, and in music.

In addition to first-hand experiences with our students, you’ll enjoy a selection of delicious hors d'oeuvres, wine and signature cocktails, stroll along the paths of the Topiary Garden, and relax in a special outdoor living room while listening to live music under the stars.

Parking: Free valet parking will be offered in front of the school.

Attire: The theme for attire is “Garden Party Cocktail.” For men, this may mean a suit, or a sport coat and khakis. Ties are not often worn, but are welcome! For women, you might see anything from a sundress to formal cocktail attire, and all are encouraged. When choosing your footwear please remember that a portion of the evening will take place on grass. A light jacket or shawl is recommended, as much of this event will be held outdoors.

Weather: In the event of rain, The Garden Party will be held inside, at the same location.

What is Cristo Rey?

Since its inaugural 2013-14 freshman class, Cristo Rey Columbus High School has provided a Catholic, college-prep experience for students who generally lack access to high-quality education.

Cristo Rey students graduate college-ready and with years of relevant work experience, bringing their dreams within reach. To learn more about Cristo Rey Columbus High School Click here.

A photo of Cristo Rey students
A photo of the 2014 Garden Party event

Sponsorship Levels & Tickets for the Night

Please join us in supporting The Garden Party by purchasing individual tickets for the night or by selecting one of the sponsorship levels and providing your contact information to our Development Department. If you would like to personally discuss your sponsorship, please contact Carly (Johnson) Miller at 614-223-9261, Extension 011 or at

By clicking on the sponsorship levels below, you'll quickly understand how your level of participation will be promoted and recognized in the days leading up to The Garden Party and during the event.


Register now to order your Garden Party Raffle Tickets. Create a unique user name and password to complete your purchase. If you already have a username and password, please login at the top of the Web site and then return to this page.

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Purchase a raffle ticket for $25 for a chance to win an all-expense-paid, 3-night/4-day trip for two to Chicago valued at $5,400!

The winner of Cristo Rey Columbus’ grand raffle prize will enjoy round trip air fare, deluxe hotel accommodations , fine dining, round trip airport-to-hotel transfers, and a VIP guided tour of The Art Institute of Chicago to see the famed A Sunday on La Grande Jatte painting by Georges Seurat.

Increase your chance by purchasing additional raffle tickets at $25 each or 5 tickets for $100. Additional tickets will also be available for purchase during the evening of The Garden Party on Saturday, September 20.

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Spend 3 nights and 4 days in the windy city, where the highlight of your trip will include a VIP guided tour and private viewing of A Sunday on La Grande Jatte painting by Georges Seurat at The Art Institute of Chicago. The painting is the inspiration behind the beautiful topiaries in Columbus’ Topiary Park, Cristo Rey Columbus High School’s adjacent neighbor and the backdrop for the The Garden Party.

The Art Institute of Chicago is a comprehensive art museum located in heart of Chicago's Grant Park. It features a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. It is noted that Georges Seurat spent over two years painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, focusing specifically on the landscape of the park. He sat in the park, creating numerous sketches of the various figures in order to perfect their form and concentrated on the issues of color, light, and form.

Dates: 3 night trip for two based on availability from Columbus, Ohio with 60 day booking notice.

Estimated value of this trip is $5,400.

Prize Includes:

  • $400 in gift cards toward your choice of participating Chicago restaurants (see dining information below)
  • 3-night stay in a standard guest room for 2 persons at the Fairmont Chicago
  • Daily breakfast for 2 persons
  • Two Chicago Institute passes with a VIP guided tour and private viewing of A Sunday on La Grande Jatte painting by Georges Seurat
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to Chicago, IL
  • Ground Transportation to and from airport to hotel
  • Winspire booking & concierge service for airfare and hotel accommodations

Chicago Casual Dining

Enjoy a total of $400 in gift cards to enjoy several meals at your choice of any of these amazing Chicago concepts, and more: Antico Posto®, "A Little Slice of Italy" Ben Pao®, Contemporary Asian Restaurant Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba®, Authentic Spanish cuisine in a lively, vibrant atmosphere Di Pescara®, Fresh Seafood, Homemade Italian and Steaks Everest®, Personal French Cuisine Hub 51®, Modern American Food in a Hip Casual Environment Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab®, Tempting selection of aged prime steaks, wide range of jet-fresh seafood L20®, A Modern Seafood Restaurant L. Woods® Tap & Pine, Comfortable and unpretentious, with traditional Supper Club fare. Maggiano's® Little Italy, Authentic Italian restaurant (5 area locations) Mity Nice Grill®, "1940's Style Bar & Grill" Nacional 27®, Modern Latin Restaurant, Ceviche Bar, Salsa Club Osteria Via Stato®, Fresh and Flavorful Italian Cuisine Petterino's®, Prime Steaks Fresh Seafood and Classic Specialties Pizzeria Via Stato®, Tavern pizzas, as well as small plates and seasonal salads. Reel Club®, Real Fish, Real Fresh Scoozi®, "The Cuisine of the Italian Countryside" Shaw's Crab House®, Jazzy, sophisticated, seafood restaurant and a carefree, lively oyster bar. Tru®, Progressive French Wildfire® Steaks Chops and Seafood (5 area locations)

Participating restaurants are subject to change. Dining gift cards never expire and are valid at all participating Lettuce Entertain You restaurants with no blackout dates. Gift cards may be used towards food, alcohol, tax, and gratuity. Dining purchases will be deducted from the cards until the value reaches zero. Any amount not used when paying for your meal stays on your gift card. You can use the remaining balance on your card at your next visit to any Lettuce Entertain You restaurant.

Fairmont Chicago

Enjoy a 3-night stay in a standard guest room for two including daily breakfast for two in the dining room at this 4-diamond luxury hotel, subject to availability. Rising gracefully above Grant Park and Chicago's impressive lakefront, the Fairmont Chicago is located conveniently near major cultural attractions, the city's business and financial district and the world renowned shopping along the Magnificent Mile. With beautifully appointed, extraordinarily spacious guestrooms and spectacular lakefront suites, The Fairmont Chicago offers guest privileges at the adjacent Lakeshore Athletic Club, Chicago's finest health, athletic and spa facility.


This package includes round-trip coach class service for two from any major metropolitan airport in the 48 contiguous United States to Chicago, IL, subject to availability.

Airfare must be booked within one year from the date of purchase. Airfare taxes and a $25 per person processing fee are the responsibility of the purchaser. Blackout dates: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s weeks.

Business and First Class upgrades are available at the time of booking for an additional fee. Use of frequent flyer miles for upgrades is dependent on specific ticket restrictions as determined by the airline’s frequent flyer program.

Winspire Booking & Concierge Service

Winspire provides a team of seasoned travel professionals who will help you redeem your experience. All travel related details and reservations are handled for every part of your Winspire experience. Operating as a full-service travel agency, Winspire can assist with extra hotel nights, airfare upgrades, and additional guests. This service also provides you with an established network of onsite contacts who can help you book additional experiences, activities and tours.


Trip must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. All purchases are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Suggested retail value is calculated using tariff air rates and rack room rates.

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