Bull and Oyster Roast

Bull & Oyster Roast Raises $100K for Annual Fund


The Gunston School welcomed nearly 300 guests to their waterfront campus on Saturday, October 23 for their signature fundraising event, the Bull & Oyster Roast, raising nearly $100,000 for the Heron Annual Fund. Guests enjoyed delicious food provided by Bayside Catering, beer and wine, plus a rye whiskey tasting bar. 

Comedian and master of ceremonies Brett Walkow kept the audience laughing as they bid on more than 70 silent and live auction items that ranged from an array of fantastic vacations, golf outings, professional photography sessions, original artwork, a day cruise on a luxurious Fountaine Pajot MY6 Motor Yacht, charter fishing trips, a Paul Reed Smith guitar and more. 

The evening also featured a wine pull and cash raffle with five winners — four winners walked away with $250 each and the fifth winner got to choose between $1,500 cash or the option to have the number one live auction item pick. 

About halfway through the live auction, Head of School John Lewis “Stopped the Auction,” and asked patrons to raise their paddles to support professional development for faculty and staff, and they happily obliged, pledging close to $20,000. 

Lewis shared, “After a hiatus where on-campus community gatherings have been rare, the combination of a festive, in-person social event with a successful fundraising outcome is what we were hoping for. Our team did a great job of putting together a fun and joyful evening.” 

A huge thank you goes to our volunteers and members of the Gunston Parents’ Association,” said Event Director Lynda Scull. “From helping with decorations to securing auction items and volunteering to prepare and work the night of the event, parent involvement is crucial to the success of our events.” 

The event had 39 sponsors and included:


Our signature fundraising event of the year!

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 5-9 p.m.
*Must be 21 years or older to attend*

Please contact lscull@gunston.org to be placed on a waiting list.


  • $100 until October 18
  • $65 Alumni + Former Faculty & Staff
  • $65 Sponsor a Faculty/Staff Member’s Ticket
Join us down by Gunston’s waterfront for an evening of delicious food, premium beer & wine plus a signature cocktail, and a live and silent auction filled with fantastic vacations, golf outings, one-of-a-kind experiences, and more. Trade in your quarantine leisurewear for jeans and your favorite sweater for this tented outdoor event (Bonus if you have cowboy boots!) Meet and mingle (or reunite and reminisce!) with members of the Gunston community including faculty, alumni, current and past parents and many of our wonderful supporters. All funds raised go directly to the Heron Annual Fund, which allows Gunston to provide students and faculty with unparalleled opportunities above and beyond what tuition costs.
Welcome Emcee & Auctioneer Comedian Brett Walkow

The Gunston School is pleased to welcome comedian Brett Walkow as the master of ceremonies and auctioneer the Bull & Oyster Roast + Alumni Reunion on Saturday, October 23, 2021. For more than 25 years, Walkow has been making audiences laugh with his signature blend of silliness, warmth, and off-the-cuff audience interaction. He's performed alongside Melissa McCarthy & Jimmy Fallon, appeared on The Tonight Show, and in Seinfeld's movie 'Comedian.'  Read more here


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Raffle tickets

Donating wine? Email lscull@gunston.org 
More drop off locations (Easton, Annapolis, Chestertown and Middletown), coming next week!

Thank You To Our Sponsors


Grill Master Sponsors

Rockefeller Sponsors

Choice Sponsors

Select Sponsors

Sirloin Sponsors

Brisket Sponsors