FOUNDATIONS DINNER

Thank you for the incredible amount of interest in this event! We have added a “Frequently Asked Questions” list at the bottom of this page to help answer questions you may have.

Help us Secure the Future as we invite you to become a foundational campaign donor at this historic event. Your support is critical, as VCS grows our Chandler campus from 19 acres to 33 acres and develops from a high school to a K-12, cementing our place as one of the top Christian schools in the nation. Help us equip students today to be culture changers for Christ tomorrow.

 

Special Guest
President George W. Bush

Valley Christian Schools is honored to welcome the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, to the Foundations Dinner.

Note that due to limited seating capacity and the special opportunity we want to provide for our campaign supporters, this is an invite-only event.

  • If you have been invited already, please use the RSVP link below.
  • If you are a member of the VCS community and would like to be invited, select “Please Invite Me” below to make your request.
  • If you are not a member of the VCS communtiy, but would like to attend the event, there are limited tables available for purchase. Select “Make a One-Time Gift” below.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

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5:30-7:45PM

Registration begins at 4:30. Due to the enhanced security process and the number of expected guests, we recommend arriving between 4:30 and 5:00pm.

GRAND SHERATON RESORT

At Wild Horse Pass
5594 W Wild Horse Pass Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85226

DRESS CODE: BUSINESS ATTIRE

Business Casual or Business Professional
Men should be in slacks and a dress shirt, and a tie or jacket is recommended.
Women should be in dress pants, a skirt, or a dress, with a blouse, sweater, or jacket.

Event Program

A PRIVATE SITDOWN WITH PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

President during a momentous period in American history, George W. Bush offers his thoughts on eight years in the Oval Office, the challenges facing our nation in the 21st century, the power of freedom, and the role of faith.

LIVE MUSIC FROM MAC POWELL AND THE FAMILY REUNION

Private performance from Third Day’s Mac Powell, with his new band, Mac Powell and the Family Reunion.

REMARKS FROM VCS LEADERSHIP, GCU PRESIDENT BRIAN MUELLER

Hear from the leadership of Valley Christian Schools, as well as the President at Grand Canyon University, the largest Christian university in the world.

PRESENTATION OF THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN

Hear how God has prepared VCS for what’s next, and see photo and video renderings of our campus master plan revealed for the first time.

Please note: There will be no photography or recording permitted while President Bush is on stage. Thank you for your cooperation!

VIP Opportunities

FOUNDATIONS VIP MEET & GREET
(Max. 20)

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of a private meet & greet with our special guest, with a maximum of 20 guests. Enjoy your photo (includes the VIP Photo Opportunity), then spend 20 minutes in a private meet and greet, where he will answer questions and chat with a small group of campaign donors.

Foundations VIP Meet & Greet participants are expected to make a pre-event commitment to the campaign of $25,000+/year for 3 years ($75,000+ total). Two members of the same family may participate with a campaign pledge of $33,333+/year for 3 years ($100,000+ total).

**NOW UP TO 5 FAMILY MEMBERS IN 1 PHOTO**

VIP PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
(Max. 60 individuals/couples)

Take your photo with our special guest before he goes on stage. This opportunity is limited to 60 individuals/couples; photos may include up to 5 family members.

If multiple participants are in the photo, they must be immediate family members (no “friend” photos).

VIP Photo Opportunity participants are expected to make a pre-event commitment to the campaign of $5,000+/year over 3 years ($15,000+ total).

I've Already Been Invited

For all invited guests

I'm Interested in the Campaign

For members of the VCS community (parents, alumni, alumni parents, community partners, etc)

Not part of the VCS community?

For guests who are not members of the VCS community, but are interested in the event

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Is President Bush REALLY coming?!

Yes! We could not be more thrilled to welcome President Bush to the Foundations Dinner. We are also honored to host a private musical performance by Mac Powell & the Family Reunion, as well as welcoming GCU’s President, Brian Mueller to the stage, and local and national dignitaries as guests.

Is there a requirement to give, and if so, how much is it?

There is no requirement to give or pre-commitment required in order to attend. That said, there is an expectation that families will be moved to give a meaningful gift and willing and able to do so. We have spent the past 10 months in the “quiet phase” of this campaign, seeking our first and top 300 pledges to the campaign. If you look at our gift chart (see “What size gifts are you looking for” below), our top 300 pledges to the campaign will be for $10,000 or more over 3 years ($3,333+/year)… some of them much, much higher. As this is an invite-only event, we have done our best to identify donors and families that are passionate about Valley Christian and that we anticipate will make a significant financial gift to the campaign. Because of the limited seating for the event, and because of the event’s fundraising purpose, we are unfortunately unable to welcome all of the more than 10,000 guests who we identify as part of the VCS community.

If you are interested in attending the event, and plan to make a meaningful financial gift (even if that gift is not quite the numbers stated above), please request an invitation – we’d love to have you!

If I wasn't invited, how can I get invited?

Instead of a mass invitation to this event, like we do with many other events, we are filling this event with “table captains,” who personally invite guests to fill their table (10 guests/table). Because of this, we sometimes miss people that should be there! If you are interested in attending the event, and plan to make a meaningful financial gift (even if that gift is less than the gift amounts we are currently seeking [see “Is there a requirement to give…”]), please request an invitation – we’d love to have you!

What size gifts are you looking for?

See the gift chart below for Phase I of the Campaign, with an overall goal of $19.9M. Since January, we have been seeking our first and top 300 pledges to the campaign (generally $10,000 or more over three years; $3,333+/year). This event is intended to identify more of these donors, although we have and will continue to welcome meaningful gifts of any size to the campaign.

Is it possible to meet President Bush?

Yes! President Bush was gracious in offering two VIP opportunities that evening: the Foundations VIP Meet & Greet and the VIP Photo Opportunity. Read more on each opportunity under “VIP Opportunities” on this page. 

How many people can participate in each VIP opportunity?

Foundations VIP Meet & Greet donors are able to send 1 member of their family to the private Meet & Greet, with a minimum pre-event campaign commitment of $75,000 over three years ($25,000+/year). A second member of the same family may participate with a total family campaign commitment of at least $100,000 over three years ($33,333+/year).

VIP Photo Opportunity donors are able to take a photo with up to 5 members of their immediate family (note that this increased from 2 to 5!). No “friend” photos are allowed. VIP Photo Opportunity participants are expected to make a pre-event campagn commitment of $5,000+/year over 3 years ($15,000+ total).

Note that these are pre-event pledges to the Secure the Future campaign for the school, not “purchases” for access. We see these opportunities as a way of thanking our generous donors for their support for the campaign!

If I make a pledge to the campaign, when do you need the money?

We are currently seeking 3-year pledges, meaning gifts given over 2019, 2020, and 2021. Upfront gifts are especially helpful, as we already have a number of costs incurred. Some donors have equally spaced out their gifts (ex: $100,000 pledge; giving $33,333 each year for 3 years), some are doing 50%/25%/25%, some are doing a monthly recurring gift, some are doing a one-time gift upfront, others have advised that their first gift is coming in 6-12 months from now, and others are doing something entirely different. Our primary goal today is raising pledges; our second goal is raising cash in hand, although cash in hand is especially helpful.

What if I can't give a lot, but I want to connect the school to other possible donors?

Thank you! We are asking everyone in the VCS community to consider doing 3 things as part of this campaign: 1) Pray, 2) Give, and 3) Connect. We anticipate/hope that everyone in our community will pray for VCS and for this campaign. We have also set a generosity goal of having 100% of our community participate financially in the campaign, no matter the amount. Lastly, we want everyone in our community to connect us with others in our community. We eventually need 1,400+ donors to this campaign, and that will not happen without a lot of help!

You can “connect” us by introducing us to someone 1 on 1 (or 1 on 2, or 2 on 1, etc), by hosting a campaign dinner with 5 or more people (or lunch or coffee), or by personally soliciting someone for a gift to the campaign. If you have other ideas, we are all ears – however you want to help, we welcome it!

Where can I read more about the SECURE THE FUTURE campaign?

Because we are still in the “quiet phase” of the campaign, the campaign webpage has just enough information to be helpful right now (valleychristianaz.org/campaign). When we go public with the campaign on 11/22, the webpage will become the primary driver and entry point for new donors, new inquisitors, and new connections to the campaign. Visit the page today to read more!

What if I am not a member of the VCS community, but I want to come?

This private event is intended for members of our community, but we understand that there is additional interest in the event because of our special guests. Non-VCS community members who would like to attend may do so with a $5,000 one-time gift (up to 2 guests), by purchasing a table for $12,000 (up to 10 guests), or by participating in our VIP Photo Opportunity for $30,000 (includes table for 10). 

What time should I arrive at the Dinner?

Registration begins at 4:30, and the event officially starts at 5:30. Due to the enhanced security process at check-in and the number of expected guests, we recommend arriving between 4:30 and 5:00pm. Guests taking part in VIP Opportunities should check in no later than 5:15.

Are campaign donations tax-deductible?

Yes! Valley Christian Schools is an IRS-registered 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. Gifts through nonprofit organizations like VCS are eligible for a tax-deduction when you itemize on your taxes. VCS provides year-end contribution letters each January. As always, we recommend working with your tax advisor on the deductibility of your donation.

What if I have another question that I don't see here?

We’d love to help! Please email Legacy Director, Troy Thelen ’03, at tthelen@valleychristianaz.org.

When are you "going public" with the campaign? Are there any other campaign events coming up?

We plan to go public with the campaign on 11/22 at the Legacy Auction & Campaign Kickoff. Once the campaign is public, you will begin to see much more information about the campaign, hear more updates about construction and timelines, learn more about next steps for the school, and more. More information on this event is available at valleychristianaz.org/Auction19.