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Announcement: The 13th annual Night of 11,000 Stars Gala will take place on Saturday, October 15th at the UO Ford Alumni Center!

The 12th annual Night of 11,000 Stars was a huge success! With the help of our generous donors and sponsors, we raised over $168,000 for the students and educators of Springfield Public Schools. Thank you for your support!

 Please enjoy the recording of our broadcast below!



Thank you for joining us for this year’s Night of Eleven Thousand Stars Virtual Gala & Auction, presented by International Paper. Our annual fundraiser, which supports the nearly 11,000 students attending Springfield Public Schools, was a virtual experience this year and included a live broadcast; online silent auction, live auction and paddle raise for students; raffle prizes; impact stories and more!



It was free to watch or register for the virtual event and everyone was invited to participate. The Night of Eleven Thousand Stars silent auction opened for bidding ahead of the live event on Monday, October 18, 2021, and ran through Friday, October 22, 2021. The Live Auction opened Thursday, October 21st, 2021 at 8:00 am and closed that night during the event’s live stream at 6:45. Check our event website to learn more.


Proceeds from this special evening fuel important programs like our Innovative Educator Grants for science, literacy, outdoor education and social-emotional learning. SEF remains ready to support Springfield students and educators as they return to the classroom and get back on track for a successful year of learning and growing. Your participation in this fun event gave them the boost they need to thrive.

What was new in 2021:

Watch Parties – Gather your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy the program from your home! Every Watch Party with four or more registered attendees will receive a Watch Party Gift Box which will include a bottle of bubbles, wine glasses, cookies from Carte Blanche and fun gifts from our sponsors! Email events@springfieldeducationfoundation.org to receive a Watch Party Gift Box!

Wine Plinko Auction Pick Up Party – Continue the fun at our Auction Pick Up Party at Springfield Motors following the event. Drop your Plinko puck to win a bottle valued up to $100. Plinko game tickets will be available online during the auction or at the Pick Up Party if not sold out at the event. Don’t forget to pick up your VIP ticket treats and your auction prizes!

VIP Tickets – This special $100 ticket includes a $25 Wine Plinko drop, $25 raffle ticket, cookies from Carte Blanche and an invitation to the Jazz & Bubbles After Party with special guest Gina Saputo! 

Jazz & Bubbles After Party – Let’s celebrate! We wish all 400 of us could gather under 11,000 twinkle lights at the big event, but this year SEF will host a more intimate gathering in support of our students. On Monday, October 25th, 2021 at 6:00 PM, we will enjoy a cocktail party at Tavern on Main in downtown Springfield and have the pleasure of hearing a live jazz performance by international jazz performer and Springfield Alumni Gina Saputo, accompanied by local musicians! There will also be a mini grant showcase, fantastic food, and the VIP Raffle winner will be announced. Capacity is limited so get your tickets early! 

Gina Saputo, International Jazz Performer, is coming all the way from LA to perform a live show at the Jazz & Bubbles After Party!

At our auction, you can bid on a variety of fantastic items, including:

  • Sunriver in the Springtime – Enjoy a 3-night stay in beautiful Sunriver with lodging for six at the home of Ken and Barbara Long from April 28 – May 1, 2022. Also included: $50 gift card to Sunriver Lodge, $50 Visa gift card, $25 gift card to Goody’s Chocolate & Ice Cream, and passes to SHARC and the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory.
  • Portland Experience Visit the City of Roses and enjoy a 2-night stay at the Inn at Northrup Station, $100 gift card to Elephant’s Delicatessen, tickets to the Portland Japanese Garden,

    $100 gift card to St. Jack Restaurant, and a gift card to Powell’s Book Store.

  • Party on Your Patio  – Create a backyard oasis featuring a firepit and gazebo from True Value Hardware.

  • SEF Summer Luau BBQ Experience THE PARTY in Springfield on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Enjoy live music, yard games, great food and drinks, and good times with friends. Buy a ticket for yourself or bring your whole crew!

  • The Delights of Brazil Donated by Springfield High School Principal José de Silva. José grills up an amazing Brazilian BBQ dinner for 10 that will transport you and your guests to the beaches of Rio. Wear your dancing shoes and learn how to samba!

  • Urban Wine Tasting Explore new wines and delicious favorites with gift certificates to Pfieffer Winery Downtown Tasting Room, J Scott Cellars on 5th, Capitello Wines, and Oregon Wine Lab.

  • Carte Blanche Dinner for 8 Generously donated by Chef Mark Stern at Carte Blanche Caterers. Chef Mark will come to the location of your choosing and create a savory and delectable dinner, paired with delicious wine, for you and seven guests.


To learn more about the annual Night of 11,000 Stars Gala, please visit:

Call: 541-726-3243

Email: info@springfieldeducationfoundation.org


Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors! 

Presenting Sponsor
North Star Sponsors


Guiding Star Premier Sponsors

Wish Upon a Star Sponsors

Shining Star Sponsors

Gold Star Sponsors


Silver Star Sponsor


Special Thanks

Springfield Public School Print Services

Dave Hall and Zion Ideas Productions

Tavern on Main



2019 Night of 11,000 Stars


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