The Auction as Fundraiser
Seabury’s auction is a celebratory gathering of the extended community – but it is, first and foremost, a fundraising event. In order to provide varied opportunities for families and friends to participate in the event, Seabury offers several fun ways to help out:
- Fund an Item
- Silent and Live Auctions
- Fund a Teacher
- Wish Tickets
- Dessert Dash
Fund an Item
The fund-an-item raise-the-paddle auction has been hugely helpful to the school over the years. The school’s yellow bus, the smart boards in the classrooms, new carpets / paint, and most recently new computers in the lab and an iPad resource center, as well as technological and other teacher training are some of the recent examples of benefits the fund-an-item auction has brought to the school.
Silent and Live Auctions
Through the hard work and awesome creativity of Seabury families, the auction committee procures items, experiences, tickets, and trips to offer during the silent and live auctions. Participants can bid on these items – many of which can be used for birthday, Christmas, Mother’s and Father’s day presents, etc. – knowing that the proceeds will be used to help the school. A win-win!
Fund a Teacher
Each year, Seabury encourages Faculty and Staff to attend the auction, since it is a celebration of them and what they do for the students every day. It is an evening for teachers to relax with co-workers and parents, to enjoy the fruits of their labor and see the community come together in support and appreciation of the work that they do, every day, helping students grow and thrive. Part of this encouragement is allowing faculty to come to the auction at no charge: the school, in effect, is covering the cost of the meals, a hard-dollar cost which impacts the bottom-line revenue from the auction.
Seabury has decided to follow in the footsteps of many other schools around the country and is asking parents to "Fund-a-teacher" by donating some or all of the cost of a ticket to be used towards the participation of our fabulous teachers. This way, they have an even bigger incentive to participate, and the school gets to keep a larger portion of the revenues from the event by offsetting these costs.
Any amount helps. When families register on-line, they will have the opportunity to donate $1, $10, $15, $50 or more - whatever they feel comfortable giving - in order to support faculty/staff participation at the Annual Auction.
Wish tickets are a fun and exciting way to contribute to the auction while adding some excitement. A total of 50 tickets are sold at $100/ticket. That means that there is a 1 in 50 chance of winning – excellent odds! The prize is even better – the winner’s choice of any live auction item or 20% of the net revenue from the sale of the raffle tickets.
The dessert dash is a sweet way to have your cake and eat it too! Procured from local businesses and families, a wide variety of desserts are available for purchase by the tables at the event. During the night, table guests have the opportunity to bid any amount they wish toward desserts. After dinner, the bids are collected and tallied. The table with the highest collective bid gets first choice of dessert from the available options, the second highest bid gets second choice, and so on. But, beware! As the tables are called, the speed of notification increases, so running to the dessert table may make the difference between getting your desired dessert or ending up with Twinkies!