Gateway's Matters of the Mind Luncheon

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Gateway's Matters of the Mind Luncheon

2019 Save the Date - Luncheon

David Plouffe

Save the Date for Gateway's 2019 Matters of the Mind Luncheon


The Luncheon provides a glimpse into the excellence of our schools and an opportunity to hear from inspiring minds and community leaders who are making a difference.

We are excited to welcome David Plouffe, Head of Policy & Advocacy at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and former White House Senior Advisor to President Obama, as our featured speaker.

Luncheon FAQ

What time should I arrive?

Please plan on arriving by 12:00 pm to check-in, connect with friends and find your seat. The program will begin promptly at 12:30 pm - please take your seat and enjoy your lunch. 

How do I enter the event?

Gateway High's parking lot and guest entrance is on O'Farrell Street, between Scott and Pierce Streets. All pedestrians and cars should enter using our O'Farrell Street gate. Please note, the main school entrance at 1430 Scott Street will be closed for the duration of the event.

Is parking available?

Yes! Complimentary parking is available to Luncheon guests in the GHS parking lot, accessible from O'Farrell streets. Parking attendants will be on site to assist. 

What should I expect at check-in?

Our check-in team will ask you for your cell phone number for Mobile Giving during the event. Mobile Giving is our trusted fundraising platform which allows our friends and partners to make gifts to Gateway easily and securely via text message. We take your privacy seriously, and will not use for your phone number for any other reason or share it with any third parties

I have additional questions not answered here, who do I contact?

Please don't hesitate to reach out to Chanda Lockhart, Director of Development and outreach. 

Corporate and Individual Sponsorships

Your sponsorship drives the support and success of the Luncheon and raises funds to support Gateway’s students and programs, such as:

  • Differentiated instruction and innovative curriculum for all learners
  • College counseling and workforce readiness programs
  • Classroom technologies for all students
  • And so much more!

For more information about becoming a corporate or table sponsor of this year’s Luncheon, please contact Chanda Lockhart, Director of Development and Outreach, at

Corporate Sponsorships

Corporate sponsorship ranges from $2,500 to $25,000, and includes admission to this year's event, opportunities for printed ads in our program book, inclusion in our marketing collateral, and more! To learn more about our corporate sponsorship opportunities click here.   

Individual Sponsorships

Individual sponsorship ranges from $3,000 to $20,000, and includes seating for 8-10 at this year’s event, inclusion in our marketing collateral, and more! To learn more about our table sponsorship opportunities click here.



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Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors!


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About Gateway Public Schools

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In 1998, seven parents sat around a kitchen table with the dream of creating a school that would be a gateway to college for all students regardless of access, income or learning style. Now 20 years later, GPS serves 800 students each year through the middle and high schools, and is the first charter in the state to be twice named a California Distinguished School. 

Gateway’s mission is to prepare a broad range of learners for success in college and beyond by combining a rigorous academic program with an approach where the individual talents, strengths and needs of our learners are identified and supported. 

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