St. John’s Northwestern

Military Academy



As a private educational institution, St. John's Northwestern Military Academy must rely on the financial support of our alumni, parents and friends to help ensure that our programs and facilities are the best they can be.

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 4:00 p.m. | Farrand Hall Gymnasium | Business Casual Attire

Our largest fundraising event of the year is The Excalibur dinner and auction, and it is widely attended by alumni, parents, staff and people who do business with our school. Last year, 300 guests attended and $246,654 was raised to benefit the entire SJNMA community.

Guests of The Excalibur will enjoy a fun social atmosphere, delicious food and fabulous auction items to bid on. The Excalibur will once again use the electronic bidding devices for the silent auction. You'll be able to use your smartphone or a provided BidPal device to bid from anywhere at any time during the silent auction. And if you are unable to attend the event, you can still bid on items remotely.

Auction Items Needed
Please consider donating an item for the auction. Unique items do very well (things that cannot be purchased in a store)! Other desired items include any type of food baskets, wine, sports memorabilia, electronics, vacation homes/trips, unique experiences, spa services and jewelry.

Tickets are $75 per person until April 1 ($90 thereafter). Cadet tickets are $65 each regardless of when they are purchased. Purchase tickets at or contact the Development Office. Please note that individual ticket holders will seat themselves in a designated area on a first-come, first-served basis. However, reserved seating is available for our sponsors of The Excalibur, so please consider reserving a table of 10 for a minimum sponsorship of $1,000.

Sponsor The Excalibur
The Excalibur cannot be a success without special donors to help underwrite the event. Sponsorship details will be available soon. Please note that individual ticket holders will seat themselves in a designated area on a first-come, first-served basis. However, reserved seating is available for our sponsors of The Excalibur, so please consider reserving a table of 10 (be a $10,000 Platinum level sponsor; $5,000 Gold level sponsor; $2,500 Silver level sponsor; or $1,000 Bronze level sponsor). View a list of our 2017 Excalibur sponsors.

Consider a Faculty/Staff or Cadet Appreciation Donation
For a tax-deductible donation of $100, honor an SJNMA faculty/staff member or a cadet by having the individual's name listed in a special section in the auction catalog and on the Academy's website.

Purchase Ad Space
Feature a business or personal ad in The Excalibur auction catalog, which will be distributed to all of our guests ($200 full-page ad; $100 half-page ad).

FUND-A-NEED: To be Determined
Guests will be given the opportunity to raise their paddles in support of a special project that will be announced soon. Last year's Excalibur FUND-A-NEED raised $124,940 for Cyber Security & Communication Enhancements. While the Academy has always taken the safety of our cadets, faculty and staff very seriously, the time has come to enhance our security and communication on campus. Thanks to all who supported this special appeal, we have been able to make the following enhancements possible: 

  • Radio communications replacement
  • Public Announcement (PA) system and integration update
  • New and additional security cameras
  • Wireless/connectivity improvements

Saturday, October 7, 2017 | Farrand Hall Gymnasium | Casual Attire

Held during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 8, 2016, the first-ever Fall Fest Fundraiser hosted hundreds of attendees at Farrand Hall Gymnasium. Guests enjoyed a festive social atmosphere, fun games and activities (including a very popular dunk tank), silent auction items with mobile bidding, a cash bar, and more! The Academy is most grateful to everyone who supported Fall Fest through a sponsorship, auction item donation, by contributing their time and talent, and/or attending. The event proved to be a success raising $78,613 in its first year – $51,600 of which was raised for the relocation of the War Memorial Room:

On June 10, 1949, a War Memorial Room, dedicated to St. John's cadets who died in WWII, was opened within the Academy's newest building, Farrand Hall Gymnasium. The War Memorial Room was intended to be a hallowed place to remind us of the sacrifices these young men made to secure our freedoms. Sadly, the War Memorial Room is rarely seen by anyone because it is tucked away in a corner of Farrand Hall Gymnasium (flanked by a washroom and a utility room). This is why we sought to find a new home for it. The Academy secured a generous lead gift of $25,000 from Soat-Vergenz VFW Post #721 to relocate the Memorial Room to the rotunda in DeKoven Hall. This new location will ensure that the room's intended purpose is served. The FUND-A-NEED raised a total of $26,600 and our goal to match the VFW's $25,000 lead gift was exceeded for a total of $51,600. Thank you to those who supported the very important project. A dedication ceremony will be held during Spring Families Weekend (April 28-30). Details will be forthcoming.

Fall Fest Fundraiser is on the schedule. Please mark your calendars and join us during Homecoming & Families Weekend on Saturday, October 7, 2017!

Cindy A. Trione
Director of Donor Relations and Special Events
(262) 646-7289
(800) 234-9097
Or visit the BidPal Giving Center


Farrand Hall Gymnasium has been the site of The Excalibur
dinner and auction fundraiser since 2010.