2010 Annual Gala & Auction
What is the Annual Gala & Auction?
A school tradition since 1981, the Annual Gala & Auction is the largest fundraising and school event for the year. Powered by www.biddingforgood.com/alcuinauction, the Online Auction will run from April 8 – 21, 2010, with the Live Auction taking place on Friday, April 23, 2010. We have set an aggressive fundraising goal for the event, and hope to raise $50,000 for the school. 100% of the net proceeds support the education that we are so proud to offer our children.
Who coordinates and organizes the Annual Gala & Auction?
The event is organized by the Gala & Auction Committee, which is made up of parent volunteers. The committee works directly with the school administration, the Board of Trustees, and faculty. While the Auction Committee does much of the basic planning, it is the work of numerous individual parents and community members that is essential in making this massive undertaking a success.
What is the Online Auction & how does it work?
Powered by www.biddingforgood.com/alcuinauction, the online auction will run from April 8 – 21, 2010 and will feature items generously donated by local businesses and school community members. After reviewing feedback from last year’s event, the Gala & Auction Committee planning decided to replace the silent auction with an Online Auction. This change, now allows EVERY family to participate, even if they cannot attend the Gala & Auction on April 23rd. In addition, you can refer as many of your family and friends to go online and bid on items. With this new tool, our Online Auction audience is endless.
What is the Live Auction & how does it work?
The Live Auction will take place on Friday, April 23, 2010, and will feature a limited number of "priceless" items that are only available to the Alcuin community. In keeping with tradition, each classroom is creating an original piece of art. Every year the quality of these pieces is exceptional, resulting in very competitive bidding among the student's parents.
When and where will the Annual Gala & Auction be held?
Friday, April 23, 2010
7 pm – 11 pm
Alcuin Montessori School
324 N. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
What is the cost to attend?
Tickets are $100 per person and include 5 raffle tickets, $50 in gaming chips, hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar (beer, wine, soda). Additional gaming chips and raffle tickets will be available for purchase.
When will invitations be mailed?
Invitations will be mailed March 18, 2010 to all Alcuin families, alumni, and prospective families.
How do I purchase tickets for the event?
Please purchase your tickets online at www.alcuin.org or mail the reply card included with your invitation to Alcuin Montessori by April 15, 2010.
If I do not purchase my tickets in advance, can I still attend?
Absolutely! Tickets will still be $100 per person at the door. However, for planning purposes, we hope everyone will purchase their tickets in advance.
What can you expect during the event?
We promise an adult only evening, full of socializing, casino-style gaming, live auctions, raffles, hors d'oeuvres, and open bar.
What is the raffle & how does it work?
We will raffle offer 3 prizes during the evening. You will receive 5 raffle tickets with your ticket. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased. You choose which raffle you wish to enter.
Can I fund a ticket for a faculty member?
Yes. Donations can be made online when you purchase your ticket(s) or can be included with your reply card. Donations will be put into a general fund and distributed equally.
What should I wear?
Wear what you would wear on a typical Friday night out. Best advice -- wear very comfortable shoes. You will be busy socializing, gaming, and biding on the live auctions. There will be limited seating and tables.
What is being served?
Francesca's Fiore in Forest Park has generously donated the hors d'oeuvres for the event. House Red in Forest Park has generously donated the wine for the event.
Can I still donate an item for the online or live auction?
Yes. The Annual Gala & Auction depends on the generosity of our school community and beyond. If you know someone, or have access to airline tickets, hotel rooms, tickets to live events, restaurant and merchandise gift certificates, vacation homes, fine wines, jewelry, electronics, sporting equipment, autographed memorabilia, ect., please contact Solicitation Co-Chairs Sarah Hampson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Crilly at email@example.com.