November 3, 2018 – 17th Annual St. Gerard School Auction
Mark your calendars! The annual St. Gerard School Auction is November 3, 2018. Please check this site regularly with updates of auction items, details of opportunities for family and group donations, golf ball drop, auction and raffle tickets as well as volunteer opportunities.
One of the many wonderful aspects about St. Gerard School is the fact that we have ONE all-school fundraiser a year in the form of a school auction. This event usually takes place in the month of November and involves food, fun, friends, and of course, fundraising! Past auctions have helped purchase security systems, playground equipment, a science lab, desks, computer upgrades, sound systems, iPads and many other educational needs that our tuition alone cannot cover.
Our school auctions are well-run events! This is only because of the many volunteers who graciously donate their time. Volunteer sheets will go home at the beginning of the school year. There are chair, co-chair, and helper spots for many committees. Any area you can help with is greatly appreciated! Also, volunteering is a great way to meet new people!
Our successful auction relies heavily on our family donations. Each family is expected to make a family donation. There is no minimum or maximum requirement of your donation. Gift cards, services, and items are all appreciated! Below is a list of ideas/suggestions, but feel free to come up with your own great idea! You may also go in with other families and turn in a group donation! Remember to turn in your donation by the due date and your child(ren) will get a jeans day coupon!
- Gift cards (restaurants, movie, gas, grocery, etc.)
- Baskets with themes (spa, chocolate, wine, cooking, children’s books, etc.)
- Donate your time/talents (pet sitting, handyman, yard services)
- Sport tickets, theater tickets, water park passes
- Lego sets, American Girl dolls/clothes
- Dessert/soup/pie- a-month
- Donate a week/weekend at your family cabin/cottage
Group Donation Ideas
- Hotel stays
- Nook, Kindle, iPads, iPods, etc.
- Wine tours
The St. Gerard auction begins with a silent auction. Each item donated is put into a “store” that corresponds with the items such as “Home,” “Kids,” or “Sports” and has a bidder sheet for you to bid on the item with your bidder number. The stores will close in 10-15 minute intervals which should give you a chance to bid on as many items as you would like.
The Live Auction is the highlight of the evening and consists of 10-20 items/packages. An auctioneer and entertainment guru, Grant Hendrickson, host this fun part of the evening. It is fun to watch, even if you are not bidding!
Mystery raffle tickets will be sold throughout the evening (or until they sell out!). Your prize will have a value of at least $20! Volunteers will be needed to help sell balloons on the night of the auction.
Each year, Ann O’Connor from Piece of Mine Studio in Okemos, helps each class create a special piece of pottery such as a platter, cookie jar, or vase. The pieces are beautifully displayed on the night of the auction. You have the chance to win your child’s classroom piece by buying raffle tickets and placing your tickets in the box of the item you’d like to win. Winners are drawn by the teachers and are announced during the Live Auction. It’s another fun part of the night!
A cherished tradition of the auction is the classroom projects. Each classroom, with a parent volunteer coordinator and parent helpers, creates a special project to be bid on at the silent auction. Past projects have included personalized cookbooks, mosaic birdbaths and tables, photography, game tables, etc. The Classroom Project Committee Chair can assist with ideas if needed. Projects should be started as soon as a parent coordinator is found. There will be sign up sheets for this at the open house.
There are usually 2-3 Main Raffle Items for which guests to purchase raffle tickets. The price of the raffle ticket depends on the value of the prize. Main Raffle prizes have included iPads, trips, a year of tuition, and video game systems. Winners are announced at the Live auction, and you need not be present to win.
Grandparent/Special Person Invitations
Because this is our school’s only fundraiser, we want to make sure to include grandparents and other special relatives in on the fun! At the beginning of the school year, a form will come home for you to fill in the names and addresses of any special people you’d like to include. At school, your child will create an invitation for your loved one(s) to receive (we mail them). There will be a form for him/her to fill out and purchase tickets to the auction, the main raffles, or make any other donation if he/she wishes.
Jeans Day Coupons
Your child will jump for joy when presented with Jeans Day Coupons which you have earned from turning in your family donation. You can earn your child(ren) another coupon by volunteering to help on a committee for the auction or volunteering to work the night of the auction. Please Remember- Coupons are not to be used on Dress-Up Days, your child’s Mass Day, or All-School Mass Days. The maximum number of jeans day coupons per student is three. Coupons must be claimed after the auction by submitting a form, and must be used before spring break.
We hope this information will be helpful! Of course, feel free to contact us with any questions!
This is a helpful timeline of approximate dates and events. Make sure to check your Thursday Communicator in the fall for exact dates and other auction information!
Aug./Sept. 2018 – Check Thursday Communicator for Volunteer forms, Grandparent Invite Forms, and all other auction information.
September 2018 – Check auction website and PTO Facebook page for updates.
Ice Cream Social/Auction Info. Night September
Buy auction tickets
Turn in Family Donation by September 30th
Buy Golf Ball Tickets.
November 2018 – Check out items on the auction website. It is helpful to look through the items before the night of the auction!
Make sure tickets are bought!
See you on the 3rd!