Ratner Virtual Gala: Midnight at the Masquerade

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The rustle of silks and feathers under muted conversation was probably the last thing heard by the tragically and unexpectedly deceased at the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball. With a mystery under each feathery façade, unmasking the killer may be quite a challenge. It’s up to you to determine which partygoer is guilty, bring this crime to justice, and save the party!

Attend the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball (a Clue-style “whodunit?” game hosted by the Murder Mystery Company in conjunction with the Ratner Montessori School) on Saturday, May 8, 6-8:30pm, and help get this soirée back on track by trading clues with other guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the masked menace gets away! To get in character, Venetian-style masks and cocktail attire are encouraged for this virtual night of masks, mystery, and murder.

The Ratner Montessori Gala is our major fundraising event of the year! This year’s virtual program will feature:

  • A celebration of our year of growth and the future that lies ahead for Ratner Montessori
  • A call for donations to the Fund-a-Need campaign
  • Fabulous Silent Auction items and packages
  • Solving the murder mystery game together in breakout rooms of 8 to 12 guests


Log-in information for the event and breakout rooms will be provided via email closer to the date of the event.

Ticket purchasing is now closed, but you can still support the gala with a donation or by bidding in our silent auction!

This year, the Ratner Gala Silent Auction is entirely online!
The auction is open! You can start bidding NOW on the amazing packages and items up for grabs (check out photos of just a few of the items below!). The auction will end the night of the Gala, May 8th, at 9:30 pm. Winners will be notified soon after.
Click below to go to the auction website, where you can browse and BID!

Our overall fundraising goal for the night of the Gala is $25,000, and your participation in the Silent Auction will help us achieve our goal! In addition to bidding on items, you will be able to donate directly to Ratner Montessori via the auction site.

Questions about any items or the auction site may be directed to Mandy Walden at mwalden@theratnerschool.org or 216-464-0033 x 0.

Support our Fund-a-Need campaign by giving or becoming a Gala Sponsor!

Whether you are able to join us virtually on May 8th or not, we need your support, now more than ever. It’s no mystery that we count on the generosity of donors like you to fund important programming every year. This year, we have made significant financial commitments to ensure the safety of our students and staff and to deliver excellence in educational experiences: in-person and remote learning, including investment in additional materials and 1:1 technology; social and emotional growth programs; robust co-curricular opportunities; and Covid-related safety supplies and facility modifications. At the same time, we remain focused on tomorrow and building upon the foundation that has made Ratner Montessori a special place for students and families, especially these key areas:

  • Providing resources and training for all our Montessori classrooms and the Montessori transition in Middle School
  • Teacher and staff training in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, and support of our diverse student population
  • Broadening our excellent co-curricular offerings in Art, Physical Education, Music, Spanish, and Jewish Studies  
We need your help! You can give now or on the night of the event. Each year, we depend on donors who support our mission and enable us to empower students to find joy in learning and to become their best selves. Every gift matters! When you give to Ratner Montessori School, you make a difference, immediately and immeasurably, in the lives of children.