Thank You for Supporting Auction 2015
March 21, 2015
Thank you to everyone who donated an auction item, sponsored a teacher, purchased a raffle ticket, captained a table, and/or attended the auction last weekend. Through your generosity, we grossed $340,000 for the school, with $112,000 raised during the Fund-A-Need to create the Innovation Labs for each division. Please consider submitting a matching gift request to your employer if you sponsored, made a Fund-A-Need gift, or purchased an item for more than its fair market value.
Each Bear Creek family is expected to procure an item or items valued at $150 for the auction. Success depends on you! The auction office offers procurement packets, ready for your signature, which you can drop off or mail to prospective donors. Each packet contains a procurement form, generic solicitation letter, and return and outer envelopes. We can prepare custom letters at your request.
We also need volunteers to help with planning, decorations, item preparation, and day of event activities. Contact Linda Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-898-1720 ext. 338 to get involved.
Pick up procurement packets at either main office or print the letter and procurement form. Contact Linda Sheppard at email@example.com or 425-898-1720 ext. 338 if you have questions or would like to discuss your idea. See the Procurement and Sponsorship pages for more ideas. The procurement deadline is January 30, 2015.
The auction is the school’s largest community-building event and our second largest fundraiser. We invite all families to attend and will send an invitation to anyone for whom you provide an address. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and other supporters from throughout the community. Hundreds of items will be available for bidding in Silent Auctions and a spectacular Live Auction. Auction 101: What to Expect?
Last year over $325,000 was raised at the auction in support of REACH UP: The Campaign for Bear Creek to build a new Upper School and Fine & Performing Arts Center. Construction is underway, with an anticipated opening date of August 2015 but we are continuing to raise money to finish and furnish this new facility. Net proceeds from Auction 2015 will go towards completing the new building. This year’s Fund-A-Need will help equip Innovation Labs for each division.
The Innovation Labs will offer cutting-edge, creative independent learning environments that bring together the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math, with the arts and humanities. Materials will range from large foam building blocks, puppetry materials, Legos, and simple tablet programming opportunities for young students, through 3D printers, music and video composition tools, electronic and robotic components, and a variety of age-appropriate computers and software.
When and Where
March 2016 in the Grand Ballroom at the Westin Bellevue
Invitations will be mailed in late January and we expect over 300 friends of Bear Creek to attend. How to attend and invite your friends.
Do you love auctions? Do you want to meet other fun people and get involved in making a difference for Bear Creek? Whether this is your first event or you are an experienced auction volunteer, your time and talent are welcome! Parents, grandparents, students, and alumni are all invited to help. We need committee members as well as people who can give just a few hours to help prepare items or decorations, or assist on the day of the event. Check The Bear Facts for information about volunteer opportunities, or contact Linda Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-898-1720 ext. 338.