Burroughs Silent Auction
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Saturday, November 12

at Mill City Nights

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 12, from 7:00-midnight. We’re celebrating our 9th Annual Fall for Burroughs Silent Auction in style at Mill City Nights in Downtown Minneapolis (near Target Field—not the Mill City Museum!). Join fellow, future and past Burroughs parents for a night of drinks and delicious food, fun music and an exciting array of silent auction items. Every penny raised benefits the Burroughs Fund whose mission is "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. It is a fun night out benefitting your child’s school. Line up the sitter! Tickets will be available for purchase both in the office and online, starting October 3.

This year's event will feature mobile bidding (bidding with your smartphone or tablet) through the BidPal Giving Center. The Bid Pal Giving Center provides a central location for you to purchase tickets, find additional event information, and browse silent auction items.

There are a number of ways you can help make this event a success:

Attend the AuctionTickets

can be purchased online starting October 3. Ticket prices are $35 per person in advance ($40 at the door) and include a buffet of delicious appetizers, a night of music, and all the bidding you can handle. Cash bar on hand as well.

Donate an Auction Item — You can donate items via email through October 14. The majority of the auction items come from YOU, our families of Burroughs. We're looking for donations, big and small. Sporting event or theater tickets, vacation home access, electronics, restaurant gift certificates, and services all make great auction items. Please donate an item or send ideas to Catherine Lipinsky.

Host a Great Gathering — Great Gatherings are just one of the many items you can purchase at the auction and are huge fundraisers for Burroughs. They are themed parties, intimate dinners, grade-level gatherings or family activities where attendees pay to have fun! The hosts cover the costs and all proceeds go directly to the Burroughs Fund. We are looking for hosts right now for gatherings this winter and spring! Join forces with friends as co-hosts or go solo. Big or small — we want them all! Get creative or we can inspire you with party ideas — 90's party anyone? Mardi Gras? A night at the Oscars, Kentucky Derby. What party have you always wanted to go to? Contact Catherine Lipinsky for more information.

Tell your friends and neighbors — Anyone and everyone is invited — especially parents of future Burroughs students and alumni!

See you November 12!

FAQ:

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.