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Auction FAQ

What is the John Hay Auction?

What is our Goal and Where Does the Money Go?

How Does it Work?

Will Child Care Be Available?

What Do I Wear?

How Much Do Tickets Cost?


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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 2019 auction is $200,000. 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:

1)  Online

A 10-day online auction starting on Wednesday, February 27th. Invite your friends and family members to participate.
The online auction is similar to Ebay-style and open to all.


2)  Silent and Live on March 9th

During the silent, enjoy drinks and appetizers, while you bid on classroom baskets, teacher experiences, fine wines and an assortment of packages and fun. Test your skills at classic casino games such as Blackjack, Craps and Roulette. Then, enjoy a plated dinner from Ripe Catering while you raise your paddle to bid on unique vacation homes, classroom art projects and experiences! 



 


Will Child Care Be Available?

John Hay’s very own Kids Co. offers child care on a first-come first-served basis. The price is reasonable and your whole family will have a great night. Please contact Kids Co. at 206-283-8328 for more information. 

 
 
  


What Do I Wear?
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? 

  •  Reserve a VIP Table for 10 at $1,100.  In true Vegas style, you’ll be treated to VIP registration, chilled champagne at your table, premium wines throughout dinner, VIP dinner service, and party favors.
  •  You can also host a Table for 10 at $900. This is a great opportunity to put a table together for your class or with a group of friends.
  • Individual tickets are $90.  We’ll try and seat you with other parents in your child’s grade.

Tickets are on sale until 9AM, Wednesday, March 6th. For more information, please contact Lynn Baker at lybaker@seattleschools.org.

  




 


 AUCTION GLOSSARY

AUCTION GLOSSARY


Online Auction:
The online auction through biddingforgood.com will go live on February 27th.   Friends and family members can browse a wide selection of items donated by Seattle area businesses and John Hay families.

 

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: Before the live auction begins, each table will fill out a dessert dash bid sheet with the amount they’re willing to spend on dessert. The table with the highest combined bids 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 or a Poker Party

 

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: Like the classroom baskets, each class picks a theme for an art project. Each student in the class participates in creating the art which is then framed and hung for purchase on March 9th. This is a great way to raise money for the school while having a priceless memento of your child’s school year.




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