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Fundraising & Community Events

Our community loves to gather together to strengthen our ties and generate funds to support the School!

Dedicated parent volunteers lead these entertaining and important events, and the entire McGillis kehilah, both past and present, is invited to attend. If you would like to learn more about planning one of our fundraising or community events, please contact the Philanthropy Team:


Upcoming 2023/2024 Events

TREEkun Olam: May 17, 2024

Our annual service project that supports our purpose and celebrates our values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), gemilut hasadim (doing good and kind deeds), and tzedakah (giving to others) while also addressing one of the chief concerns of students today: climate change.
This annual day of service provides our entire community with hands-on experience planting trees that immediately impact our climate and community. This day of service was established as part of our 30th Anniversary celebration.
Planting trees requires us to raise approximately $20,000 annually for mature trees, planting supplies, and transportation to the planting site. Our partners at Tree Utah help us identify a local park in Salt Lake County where we can plant trees, acquire trees from local nurseries, provide curricular support for our teachers to teach about the impact of tree planting, and prepare our community to plant trees that will thrive for years to come.
If you have questions about TREEkun Olam or would like to volunteer, please contact The Philanthropy Team at or (801) 583-0094.
Students tree planting at Treekun Olam

McGillis at the Garden: June 1, 2024

Join us at Red Butte Garden to celebrate what makes our community special. Our second Concert is sure to be another memorable evening of community building and raising funds for our Tuition Assistance Program. 
30th Anniversary Concert at Red Butte Garden

Past 2023/2024 Events

Magpie Market: September 30, 2023

In conjunction with Sukkot, the Festival of the Harvest, enjoy food
trucks, fun kids’ activities, and the company of our Kehilah. We will
also celebrate the creativity, talents, and passions of our community
with a market featuring handmade and special items, as well as
unique experiences, with proceeds benefiting our Ethics and
Cultures program.
Students playing with bubbles during the Magpie Market

Fall Leaf Haul: November 17, 2023

Join the entire McGillis community to rake leaves in the Douglas
Neighborhood. This community service project provides our
community with an opportunity to demonstrate our values of gemilut
(doing good and kind deeds), and tzedakah (giving to
Students raking leaves during Fall Leaf Haul

Trivia Night: February 3, 2024

Pull out your encyclopedia for our annual Trivia Night! Join other McGillis parents for a night out with food, drinks, good-natured competition, and an opportunity to support our students and teachers. Proceeds from Trivia Night support classroom and school-wide improvements.
Parents at Trivia Night

GrandFriends Day: March 29, 2024

An opportunity to experience a day at McGillis and celebrate the special role of Grandparents and special friends in our kehilah (community). Please make sure that we have mailing addresses and email addresses for the GrandFriends in your life so they can receive the invitation and communication for GrandFriends Day.
Grandparents & students on GrandFriends Day