One week out from our Gala!

The countdown is on!

We are just about sold out of tickets (grab yours today if you haven’t already!) and are looking forward to our Gala on November 2nd. Here are a few updates for Gala goers and those participating from home:


We are excited to use online bidding for our Silent Auction and Virtual Giving Tree!
This new platform allows us to reach a wider audience of our supporters, not all of whom can make it to our Gala from across the globe. We can also process your purchases immediately after the bidding closes. This platform will make check out fast and easy!

When you buy your tickets online, you are already registered to bid—it’s that easy!

Visit www.nessf.org/gala to log in!

Go online to preview our Silent Auction, Live Auction, and Virtual Giving Tree! We will use GiveSmart for bidding on our Silent Auction & Virtual Giving Tree, not the Live Auction or Paddle Raise.

On the night of
Go to nessf.org/bid to bid on our Silent Auction items and give to our Virtual Giving Tree. Bidding for the silent auction will close at 8:00pm while our Virtual Giving Tree will be open all night. Bid from your phone or one of our iPads. If you need help at the event, look for a volunteer or staff member in a fish hat!

Please note, bidding for the Live Auction and Paddle Raise will be at the event only (not available on GiveSmart).

Checking out
Although we will ask you to register a credit card to access the bidding platform, at the event you will be able to pay with that card, a check, or cash.

Silent Auction & Giving Tree

Both our Silent Auction and Giving Tree are available online for Gala goers and those who can’t make it to the event. From boat rides to wine collections, artwork to Italian vacations, we have something for everyone! All bidding will be done online on the GiveSmart platform (nessf.org/bid). Thank you to all our generous silent auction donors!

Want to make a gift to NESS that benefits all our programs throughout the year? Check out our Virtual Giving Tree! New for this year’s Gala, we will have a Virtual Giving Tree for both Gala attendees and online participants.

Proceeds from the Virtual Giving Tree will make a difference and help us replace and replenish our equipment, keep our fleet up-to-date and safe, and help us offer the best on-the-water programming for students. Visit nessf.org/tree to make an impact on our programs!

Live Auction

Bidding for our Live Auction will take place at the event and will not be available online. However, you can preview our Live Auction items on GiveSmart as well. Click here to check them out!

Program Book

Every attendee will receive a program book on Saturday night (it will also be your bid number!).  If you want to take a sneak peak of the book, check out our digital program book.

Details, Details, Details

We are looking forward to seeing attendees on Saturday night at 5:30 pm at the Mystic Hilton (20 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT)! Wondering what to wear? We encourage you to wear cocktail attire (and dancing shoes!). As for parking, there is plenty available but we encourage you to park as close as you can to The Irons entrance (look for the Opti with the NESS sail!).

5:30 – 7:00pm Cocktail Hour
7:00pm Dinner
7:15pm Program Begins
7:45pm Live Auction Begins
8:00pm Silent Auction Closes
9:00pm Check Out Opens
10:00pm After Party at The Irons