It's All About the Auction (and that bass)

Each year, the Fundraising Committee hosts a spring auction and dinner, which contributes heavily (usually in excess of $12,000) to the financial goals of the committee, and in turn, the school's operating budget. The event is typically held in April or May, and all families are asked to contribute one item to the silent or live auction. It's held off-site, it's a kid-free evening and it's a lot of fun. It's also a lot of work for our community, especially those on the Fundraising Committee!

This year, the committee has decided to try something new, in an effort to lesson the burden of the spring event. Although the spring auction will still take place, it'll be scaled down a bit to reflect a more casual, social atmosphere. There will be a live auction, music and food, but the committee wants to focus on creating a more social, relaxed evening for everyone to enjoy. 

So, today, we are asking each family to donate one item, service or gift card to our Online Holiday Store, which is already up and running. You don't necessarily have to run out and purchase an item...think about what you do, who you know and where you shop! Ask a local business that you frequent for a tax-deductible donation, bake a pie, offer to teach someone the basics of knitting, donate three-hours of housecleaning, teach a yoga class...ask your "connections" to donate theater tickets, restaurant gift cards, exercise classes or movie passes...you get the idea. 

Several businesses on the East Side donate to our annual events. If you would like a list of them, please contact Fundraising. A copy of our 501c (tax excempt) certificate and a donation request letter are attached here, just tweak it to make it your own. Please register your donation HERE by NOVEMBER 6 and bring it into school ASAP. Purchased items will be shipped or picked-up at school, so please allow ample time for us to get items to buyers before the holidays.

Donated items will be added to the online store on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to visit regularly. Each week, new items and a few surprises will be added, so shop now and shop often!

Your friends, family and co-workers are welcome to shop too, so pass along the link for the store: http://www.childsplayri.org/shop-holiday-gifts/  And please reach out to Fundraising if you have any further questions!

Thanks so much!