What is a Silent Auction?
The Silent Auction started seven years ago as a way to bring together our community while raising money for the school. And it's a fabulous opportunity to meet other parents. Anyone and everyone is invited, including parents of current, past and future students as well as school staff.
It's a fun night filled with danceable tunes and delicious food. While you're mingling, you can bid on an alluring array of items — gift cards to local restaurants and businesses, artwork by Burroughs' students, sports and theater tickets, events sponsored by teachers, vacation getaways for the whole family and the very popular Great Gatherings.
All in all, it's a great parents' night out that benefits our school.
What is a Great Gathering?
Great Gatherings are themed parties, intimate dinners, grade-level gatherings, or family activities hosted by other Burroughs families. You purchase a ticket to attend the Great Gathering, the host/s (can be multiple families) cover the costs, and all proceeds go directly to the Burroughs Fund. Past events have included "Mistletoe and Martinis," "Family Barbecue Bash," "Pub & Trivia Night" and "First Grade Moms Brunch." We are looking for new hosts this year. Maybe it's you? We're happy to help with ideas. They are very fun, a great way to meet new friends at Burroughs and a huge fundraiser for the school.
What is the Burroughs Fund?
The money raised at the auction benefits the Burroughs Fund, which is intended to "preserve quality programs for current Burroughs Community School students and provide a reserve fund for future Burroughs Community School needs." With financial support from the Fund, our school has been able to integrate a rigorous, supplemental math curriculum, provide teacher support, and equip the school with additional safety resources.
What to wear?
Leave the ties and tulle at home. Basically it's dressy casual.
What is Mobile Bidding?
Learn more at How to BidPal. You'll need to register and create a profile. Providing a cell phone number is key to accessing the mobile bidding app. Please be complete with the information you provide to ensure a smooth bidding and check-out process.
Don't have a smart phone? Don't worry! There will be several roaming iPads in a Kiosk mode as well as volunteers available to help you bid on items & gatherings.
When Can I Shop?
Ticketed guests can pre-purchase "Great Gatherings" beginning November 1, and can begin bidding on silent auction items the morning of the event.
How do I get involved!
We'd love your help! If you have items to donate, time to volunteer, or ideas for Great Gatherings, contact Catherine Lipinsky.