Q: What is The Auction?
A: The Benefit Auction at Spring Garden Waldorf School is one of two major fundraisers that take place each year. We come together to support our school and our dedicated faculty by auctioning off items that have been donated to the school by the greater community.
Q: Why does the school hold an auction for fundraising?
A: The Annual Auction, while a major undertaking for our staff and volunteers, is an effective way to raise a large amount of money and have a great community experience all in one night. The funds brought in by our auction provide much needed support to the teachers who are crucial to our success, and also allow us to increase the current scholarship fund which helps a wide range of families bring their children to the school. It also helps provide a variety of curriculum enhancements, such as our recent additions include a greenhouse & gardening program, and a science classroom).
Q: Where is it held?
A: This year’s auction will be at the majestic Greystone Hall in Downtown Akron at:
103 S. High St. Akron, OH 44308
For more information on Greystone Hall, visit http://greystonehall.org/facilityov.htm
Q: When is it held?
A: Saturday March 22, 2014, doors open at 5:00 pm.
Q: What does it cost?
A: Tickets are $75 per person and include a tapas meal or strolling dinner, open bar and live entertainment. Come hungry and be prepared to have fun!
Early Bird Tickets are available for $65 until February 8, 2014.
Q: What is the Golden Ticket?
A: Raffle tickets are sold for $40 each. The winner of the Golden Ticket raffle gets to choose either $1000 cash or their choice of any item from the live or silent auction.
Q: Where do I buy tickets?
A: Buy Tickets online: https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/register/ticket_sales
Q: Who should go to the auction?
A: ALL are welcome. It is our great wish for the community at large to come to this special event — not just our school’s parents, but their relatives, friends, neighbors and business associates.
Q: What kind of items can be donated?
A: Any new item or experience, of any value, can be donated to our silent or live auction. Examples include:
- Baskets with themes for tea, wine, toys, or homeopathy.
- Services like babysitting, business consulting, photography or art portraits.
- Experiences like ski or piano lessons, trips, flight school, summer camps, or water park tickets.
- Gift Cards to local and national businesses.
- Weekend getaways, home improvement items, etc..
Q. Finances are tight. How can I contribute to the auction and stay on a budget?
A. There are lots of inexpensive ways you can help! Here are just a few ideas:
- First off we need volunteers, from now until the event! Please contact Kelly Plusquellic: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how you can help.
- Ask a business owner you know if they’d be willing to donate a gift card, an item, or buy an ad.
- Ask a business that you patronize (or simply one that you like) if they’d be willing to donate a gift card, an item, or buy an ad.
- Donate your time as a silent auction item — Offer leaf raking, house cleaning, or babysitting. Or co-host a dinner or other child friendly event with a friend.
Q: I have an item or service I’d like to donate. What do I do?
A: Fill out this online form https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/donate_items/new to tell us about the item. We will send you a receipt and instructions about where and when to drop off the item.
Q: I think I know someone who might donate or buy an ad. What should I do?
A: Here are three options:
- For a Donation: Send them an email with a link to the online donation form https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/donate_items/new
- For an Ad Purchase: Send them this link: https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/register/checkout to buy an ad (7 options available).
- To be a Sponsor (advertising package + tickets): Send them this link: https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/register/ticket_sales
Q. What happens at the event?
A. The auction night consists of two main parts. First, patrons peruse tables of items in the silent auction as they eat tapas and drink cocktails. Items are bid on “silently” by writing your offer on a bid sheet. The beginning bid is usually a certain percentage below the retail value. The end of bidding on each table is announced, and the highest bid wins!
After the silent auction, dessert will be put out as our auctioneer leads the live auction for items listed in the program. Even for those not bidding on the items in the live auction, the auctioneer and emcee provide entertaining banter, and the bidding wars are great fun to watch!
After the live auction, items you have purchased and bids you have won will be summarized on an invoice, payable by check or credit card.
There will also be a couple of fun raffle games, entertainment and a special alumni presentation taking place throughout the evening. All in all, the evening will be full of great food and great fun.
Q. I don’t have much money to spend at an auction. Why would I go?
A. For the comradery! Many people simply come to socialize and have a good time with the Spring Garden community. Of course, we hope everyone will bid on the items, but it is definitely not a requirement. We’d also LOVE to have you volunteer at the event; this is a great way to get involved, enjoy the event and not be concerned about spending too much money. Naturally the hours “worked” would count toward the time required per your contract. For more information email Sandy Conley at email@example.com.