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Auction FAQ

What is the John Hay Auction?
Plan Now - You don’t want to miss it!   

What is the John Hay Auction? 
It’s our largest fundraising event, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity to connect with other John Hay parents over dinner and drinks while bidding on terrific items…all while benefitting our kids.   

What is our Goal and Where Does the Money Go? 
Our goal for the 2018 auction is $240, 000. The money raised provides reduced class size instruction for all students and allows us to hire math and reading teachers, offer an enriched arts and technology curriculum, and purchase much needed supplies such as library materials, musical instruments, and more. Every student benefits from the money raised at the auction!   

How Does it Work?
Our auction consists of three parts: 
1) Online 
A 10-day online auction from February 28, 2018 to March 9, 2018 where anyone with an internet connection can buy a wide range of items online. 
2) Silent
The silent auction on March 10th allows you to place bids on items out on display before dinner.  
3) Live 
Enjoy drinks and dinner among friends while raising your paddle to bid on unique trips, experiences and packages!   

Will Child Care Be Available?
John Hay offers child care on a first-come first-served basis.  All children aged 4-12 are eligible and the service is open from 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM. The price is reasonable and your whole family will have a great night. More information to come soon!   

What Do I Wear?
While this is our most formal event of the year, there is no dress code and no one will be turned away because of what they’re wearing. Outfits range from suits, ties and dresses to more casual pants and shirts. Just wear what you’re most comfortable in!   

How Much Do Tickets Cost? 
Auction tickets are $90 per person if purchased before February 28th and $105 per person if purchased after. Your ticket price includes auction entrance, dinner, wine/beer and dancing at the after party immediately following the live auction.    

Plan Now - You don’t want to miss it!
Start planning your table (seats 10) by reaching out to friends or your room parent. You can also sit with friends from other rooms. Not sure who to sit with? No problem! We’ll group you with other parents from your child’s class or grade.   


Online Auction: Also known as Bid for Good, the online auction will go live on February 28, 2018. Anyone with an internet connection will have the opportunity to browse and buy a wide selection of items donated by Seattle area businesses and John Hay families in the comfort of their home 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. The online auction will end at midnight on March 9, 2018. 

Silent Auction: Bid on items by writing your bid number next to your amount. The bidder who has entered the highest amount at closing wins the item. Some items will have a “Buy It Now” price, when you write your name next to it, you'll know the items is yours! 

Live Auction: A selection of items and priceless experiences will be auctioned live during dinner. Participation is optional and as easy as raising the bid card you receive at check-in. Everyone has fun clapping and cheering for the winning bidders.

Fund-a-Need: A direct appeal for 100% tax-deductible and corporation-matchable donations that go directly towards funding educational needs at John Hay.  

Dessert Dash: After dinner and before the live auction begins, each table will receive a bid sheet. Each person at the table writes how much they’re willing to spend on dessert. Those amounts are combined for each table by auction volunteers. The table with the highest bid gets to go to the dessert table and pick first. Then the next highest bid and so on and so forth. (Desserts are donated by John Hay families.)

Paddle Parties: These are special parties or experiences that you buy a spot for through the online auction. Examples include the 5th grade sleepover, but there are more to come.

Classroom Baskets: Each classroom picks a theme like ‘Family Fun Night’ or ‘Day at the Spa.’ Classes then seek donated items from local businesses and John Hay families to fill their basket. These baskets are sold at the silent and live auction. 

Classroom Art Projects: More information coming soon!

John Hay Partners