TMI gala to debut e-bidding

As TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas observes its 120th anniversary, the school will add new technology to its annual fundraising gala, Stars Over TMI, to be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 5 on the school’s campus at 20955 W. Tejas Trail.

The event’s theme is “Our Foundation…Our Future.” Honorees are two longtime retired TMI faculty members, Virgil Espino and Mario Rivela, who both taught at TMI for 33 years.; Rising Star awards will be presented to two outstanding younger alumni who have exemplified servant leadership, the Rev. Michael Mumme ’95 and Courtney Wiley ’97.

Other highlights include a gourmet dinner, dancing under the stars to The Sophisticates, a drawing for $10,000 in American Express gift cards or TMI tuition credit, and live and silent auctions. For the first time, guests will have the opportunity to bid on auction items using their own smartphones or devices provided by Bidding for Good, an online auction service. Once registered for the TMI auctions at, bidders will be able to view items, make bids and receive notifications of higher or winning bids.

“Electronic bidding takes our silent auction to a whole new level,” says Stars chair Carol Holmes. “Those with their hearts set on an item will appreciate being able to set a maximum bid and being notified as soon as they’ve been outbid. Those who are more interested in browsing and socializing will like that they don’t have to break away from conversations to check on the items they’ve bid on. And everyone will love how much easier it makes checking out at the end of the night.”

Stars Over TMI proceeds benefit student scholarships, faculty endowment and other academic programs.

Tickets are $150 per person; to make reservations, call Nikisha Baker, TMI Director of Special Events, at (210) 564-6245.