Mann Auction Q&A
For new families, the flurry of activity around the PTA Auction can raise a lot of questions. Hopefully these Q&As will help alleviate any confusion, get you excited to attend and motivate you to participate! If you need any more information, just ask... I am happy to help!
Q: What is the Live Auction? Is it fun? Should I go?
A: The Live Auction is the main PTA fundraiser… it’s really fun and YES, you should go! It’s a chance to get out and enjoy the company of your fellow parents and friends in the Mann Community, raise your paddle to donate for a good cause, and come home with some amazing items that are only available for bidding at the Live Auction! This year’s Auction theme is “Shooting for the Stars”, at the French Embassy on March 7th.
Q: What is the Online Auction?
A: The Online Auction is a chance for you to bid on items in advance of the Live Auction. This year the online Auction begins on February 23. This is a great opportunity to bid on restaurant gift cards, services by local businesses, homemade items, even vacation getaways! There are items for bidding at every price point.
Q: I am also hearing about Class Baskets. What are those?
A: Each class creates a theme basket filled with donated items that are auctioned off at the Live Auction. This is a very popular basket and always brings in a good donation at the auction.
Q: Sounds great! How can I help?
A: The Auction can only be a success with YOUR help! We need every family to participate. We are asking for each family to aim for donating 3 items for auction. This doesn’t mean you need to purchase items to donate; we are asking that you solicit donations from area businesses and restaurants, camps, gyms, etc. Please keep the Mann Auction in mind as you go about your daily lives. Ask your hairdresser to donate services, ask a favorite store to donate an item, or consider donating your talents. Think about what you are good at and offer that: have a knack for baking? Donate a basket of treats! Great at organizing? Donate a few hours’ of your time to organize someone’s closet….no item is too big or too small!!
Q: How do I keep track of what is going on?
A: It’s a lot, I know! But, it is very important to read the emails from Abi and John, the Auction co-chairs! Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book. It may seem like a LOT of information is being sent home, but the Auction is important. You won’t want to miss any key information!
Q: OK, so remind me again… what is it I need to do?
A: Here are the ways you can contribute to the Auction’s success. Your participation is both needed and appreciated!
Be sure to open (and read!) the emails from Abi and John about the auction (add email@example.com to your email address book).
Solicit donations for the Live and Online Auctions (we ask for 3 donations per family)
Contribute items to the Class Auction Basket (Email/Amazon Wish List is coming soon!)
Donate a bottle of wine each Wednesday for the Wall of Wine (this will be a feature of the Live Auction); details on this went out last week; email me with questions
Log on and bid on items available on the Online Auction (opens February 23!)
Buy a ticket and attend the Live Auction on March 7th
Thanks for reading all of this…I hope it was helpful, and I hope it got you excited for the Auction! Remember, the funds raised contribute directly to the school and it is critical that we reach our goals to ensure we continue to provide the amazing education that our children get each day at Horace Mann!