What is Interchange?
The Interchange Auction is Loyola High School’s largest annual social event and the MOST IMPORTANT school fundraiser of the year.
Why is it called Interchange?
In 1973, Father Patrick Cahalan, S.J., Loyola’s President at the time started the auction and called it “Interchange” because he believed the term is reflective of both Loyola’s location and its student body. Based in the heart of Los Angeles, Loyola is the “interchange” where people from every socio-economic, cultural, and geographic corner come together. Members of our student body come from over 200 zip codes in the greater Los Angeles area each day.
Why do we need Interchange?
The funds raised from Interchange are crucial to the mission of Loyola. In keeping with the vision of St. Ignatius to make education accessible to all students, Loyola underwrites a quarter of all tuition costs and provides additional financial aid for almost 30% of the student population. The proceeds from Interchange fund scholarships for those students who would be unable to attend Loyola and also assist Loyola in meeting annual operating expenses. It is because of Interchange that Loyola is able to keep tuition within the reach of so many young men deserving of the transformative power of a Jesuit education.
Who participates in Interchange?
The entire Loyola Community–including current and past parents, students and alumni, faculty and staff– join in support of Interchange. There are many different ways to be a part of this tremendous effort. (See “How Can I Participate?”)
When is Interchange?
The event usually takes place at the end of March. This year, Interchange will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019.
What happens at the Interchange?
The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres where hundreds of silent auction items are on display. Guests are invited to bid on the items they see there– which range from exotic getaways to fine wines and one-ofa- kind sports memorabilia. The most prized items of this part of the night are posted on the BIG BOARD where the real-time bidding is high-energy. The party then moves over to the specially decorated Xavier Center where a gourmet dinner is served. Next comes the big excitement of the night: the nail-biting, heart-thumping Live Auction.
What happens before Interchange?
The Interchange “season”—the period of time it takes to prepare and organize for the gala– begins the first week of January when the Interchange office on the Loyola campus officially opens. Over the following weeks, auction items are solicited in a series of Gift Gathering Parties hosted by generous Loyola families across the LA area. Back at the office, volunteers work tirelessly to prepare for the big event. We have volunteer teams in sponsorships, advertising, gift procurement, marketing, catalog, decor, and data entry. We are always looking for writers, copy editors, graphic designers, and computer specialists. Anyone who is willing to lend a helping hand is welcome. Please check the website for more details and sign up.
How to ParticipateBE A SPONSOR. Sponsorships are the backbone of the auction’s success. Please visit our website at: www.loyolahs.edu/interchange for a list of sponsorship levels. Download the sponsor forms there and pledge your support.
DONATE an auction item —or cash— at a Gift Gathering Party. If you are unable to attend one of the parties, you can make your donation at the Interchange Auction office at Loyola. See our wish list under the Gift Gathering Parties tab.
PURCHASE a Tuition Raffle ticket.
ATTEND Interchange and/or a Gift Gathering Party.
VOLUNTEER your time and talent. Many hands make light work.
What is a Gift Gathering Party (a.k.a. GGP)?
A “Gift Gathering Party” is a casual get-together where the Interchange team literally gathers the gift items that are to be put up for bid in the March auction. The receptions are held in the home of a generous Loyola host family and they offer a fun and convenient way to donate your auction gift. Invitations for the local parties will be mailed in January and we urge you to attend. Get to know other Loyola families and join in the fun for a little food, drink, and CUBraderie!
When and where are the Gift Gathering Parties?
Friday, 2/22/2019 – 6:30 p.m. – Wetlands (at a home in Westchester)
Saturday, 2/23/2019 – 7:00 p.m. – Foothills (at a home in Pasadena)
Friday, 3/01/2019 – 7:00 p.m. – Westside (at a home in Brentwood)
Saturday, 3/02/2019 – 5:30 p.m. – Valley (at a home in Studio City)
Saturday, 3/02/2019 – 7:00 p.m. – Palisades (at a home in Pacific Palisades)
Friday, 3/08/2019 – 7:00 p.m. – Central(at a home in Hancock Park)
Saturday, 3/09/2019 – 5:30 p.m. – South Bay (at a home in Manhattan Beach)
View the full Gift Gathering Party invitation here.
What can I bring to a Gift Gathering Party?
A gift to the Auction comes in many forms:
- Item Donation
- Cash Donation
…or all of the above!
What kind of items are you looking for?
We ask for unique items to make the live and silent auctions interesting and successful. Be creative. Sometimes it’s not what you have, but who you know! If you don’t feel you have anything unusual to offer, perhaps you know someone who does. Here are some types of gifts —not in any particular order—that tend to attract the most bids:
- Fine jewelry & fine art
- Concert or Theatre tickets (i.e. Pop Concerts, Hollywood Bowl, Symphony, Dance)
- Autographed Music and Sports Memorabilia
- High-end electronics (i.e. watch, high-end headphones, iPad, Blue-ray player-
- Tickets to popular TV shows (i.e. The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, etc.)
- Awards show passes (Grammys, Emmys, MTV Music Awards)
- Wine (special collections)
- Restaurant gift cards
- Passes to Movie Premieres
- Professional Chef-hosted intimate dinners
- Cooking Classes or Wine Tasting vouchers
- TV or Movie Set visits or walk-on/extra roles (i.e. Modern Family, Real Housewives, etc.)
- Frequent flyer miles or Airline Vouchers or Gift Cards
- Travel vacations and cruises
- Hotel Vouchers or Gift Cards
- Day trips, unique excursions (i.e. scuba diving, sailing, water skiing, skydiving, hot air ballooning, race car driving school)
- Use of vacation homes
- Sporting event tickets
- Golf outings
- Spa Experiences
- Limo Services
- Professional services (i.e. catering, cosmetic, massage, personal training, car detailing, DJ services)
- Unique Collectibles
- Loyola Themed Items (e.g. painted ceramics, art, quilt, cooler—needs Staff Approval)
Still Not Sure?
Call or email us with any questions
MYTH: Interchange is just one night.FACT: While the event is held on one evening, Interchange is an entire season filled with gift gathering parties and fun opportunities to volunteer.
MYTH: My donation is too small to really make a difference.FACT: EVERY donation is IMPORTANT. It is only through our combined generosity that Interchange succeeds.
MYTH: Interchange is only for current parents.FACT: Anyone can go to Interchange–current parents, past parents, friends, alumni, community members all attend Interchange.
MYTH: Gift Gathering Parties are only for people who live in the same neighborhood as the party.FACT: Everyone in the school is invited to the gift gathering parties. It’s impossible to have a party in every neighborhood, but you are able to choose the one that is most convenient for you.
MYTH: I shouldn’t attend a Gift Gathering Party if I am not planning to attend the Auction itself.FACT: Everyone who is able should attend a gift gathering party. They are fun, they’re a great source of auction items, and they build community.
MYTH: Volunteering for Interchange is a full-time job.FACT: There are many ways to be involved. You can help for an hour or two during the months before the event, or become a member of one of our teams. As a volunteer you will meet and work with parents from all over Los Angeles. You’ll get to know the Loyola staff, and you will be invited to join our President, Father Greg, at our volunteer lunch.
MYTH: Volunteering is only for current moms.FACT: Everyone is welcome to volunteer. Many parents come back year after year to volunteer and connect with old friends.
MYTH: The Auction is only for large donors.FACT: The Auction is for anyone who would like to participate. There are many silent auction items to bid on–in all price ranges.
Win a chance at free tuition (including fees) for a year!
1 ticket for $100
3 tickets for $250
6 tickets for $500
12 tickets for $1000
Drawing will take place at Interchange 47 on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Winner need not be present. Ticket price is not tax deductible.
To purchase a ticket, check your Gift Gathering Party mailer, call the auction office at 213-381-5121 x1915 or purchase them on Auction Night!