Why do we have an Auction?
The Auction is the school’s largest fundraiser. Like other private schools, the tuition for each child does not cover the true cost of education. Proceeds from the Auction go directly to the operating budget of St. Rose School in an effort to keep tuition costs down, make improvements to the school, and add new programs.
What is the fundraising goal of the Auction?
Our goal is to raise $120,000 at our next auction.
Who attends the Auction?
Everyone is welcome to attend the Auction, including parents, alumni, extended family, friends, parishioners and business acquaintances. We encourage you to invite guests who are enthusiastic about Catholic education or those who may be interested in supporting our school. Invitations are sent approximately six weeks before the event, with extras available at the school office.
What is the Silent Auction?
Prior to the Live Auction, guests may enjoy a drink and mingle among high-quality, lower price point auction goods. Bids are written on a sheet of paper and at the predetermined end of the Silent Auction, the highest listed bidder wins the item.
What is the Live Auction?
After the Silent Auction closes, everyone moves into the dining room where dinner is served and the Live Auction begins. Live Auction items are typically bigger items and packages, as well as projects created by each class. This is a traditional auction with a professional auctioneer taking bids.
What’s the Paddle Raise?
The Paddle Raise occurs during the Live Auction. It’s a direct appeal to Auction guests to make a cash donation to a specific school project. Previous Paddle Raises have included funds to start our art program and our kitchen remodel.
Easel Items, Sign-Up Events and Hosted Parties: What are they all?
All of these phrases refer to the same thing—community building events or parties with a limited number of tickets. These events are typically dreamed up and hosted (or procured) by parents. This year we’ll be offering several Sign-Up Events prior to Auction night, as well as several at the Auction.
What if I can’t come to the Auction, but would like to bid on an item?
You’re welcome to have a friend bid for you. But, we need to make sure:
• You have your own bidder number
• We know who is authorized to make purchases on your behalf
• Your credit card is registered prior to Auction Night.
Please make arrangements with us in advance by contacting the co-chairs at email@example.com.
Is my donation tax deductible?
YES! Just keep a copy of your Donation Form and place it with your tax records.
How can I help?
Parent volunteers drive the Auction's success. There are committee positions available in a wide variety of areas…donation procurement, data entry, class art projects, phone call follow up, set up/tear down, and night-of volunteering are just a few. Whether you can donate 30 minutes or 30 hours we can use your help. For more information, contact co-chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I volunteer on Auction Night, can I bid on items?
Yes, we hope you do! When you arrive on the Auction Night, you are encouraged to check in and get a bid number. This gives you freedom to bid and purchase just like any of our guests.