Welcome to Stoddert’s 2017 Annual Auction information page! We are continuously updating this with the latest auction-related news, so please check back here often.
Get your camping gear ready, because we are going “glamping” for this year’s auction! Whether you choose to wear sequins with flannel or diamonds with denim, “Camp Stoddert” promises to be filled with camp-themed fun! Come celebrate with fellow parents, neighbors, teachers, staff and friends as we raise funds for the happiest campers of all, our Stoddert students!
Auction Co-Chairs (or Co-Counselors) Lisa McCluskey and Alison Bates want this to be a fun-filled night for the entire Stoddert community. This is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year and we want YOU to join us fireside!
WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm
WHERE: Stoddert Elementary School
GRUB: Relish Catering will create campout favorites as well as a trail mix bar. Spirited “Bug Juice” (camping lingo for alcohol!) will be served and a camp classic, S’MORES, will be on hand for the perfect sweet treat!
MUSIC: DJ and live performances
AUCTION QUICK LINKS:
- Purchase tickets and “Can’t Make It” tickets!
- Volunteer to help with the event!
- Donate an item for the auction!
AUCTION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is the Stoddert Annual Auction?
This annual event is the school’s biggest fundraiser, raising approximately 30% of our PTO’s annual budget. Not only does it raise the needed funds to support important programs that benefit all children at Stoddert, it is a fun, social gathering for everyone that strengthens our Stoddert community and fosters collaboration and goodwill between fellow parents, teachers, administrators and school supporters.
Who is invited?
This is an adults-only event that is open to all Stoddert parents, teachers, staff, neighborhood, friends and family.
How can I purchase tickets?
You can purchase tickets right here to the auction on our auction website. Tickets are $65 each or $120 for two. After March 11, 2017, tickets will be $75 each. At the door on the night of the event, tickets are $85 each. We will also have a few opportunities to purchase tickets in person before and after school and at Family Fun Night (February 25th).
I can’t attend, may I still donate?
There are plenty of ways for everyone to donate, even if you are not able to attend the auction. You can purchase a “Can’t Make It” ticket to the event and celebrate with us in spirit! You can put as many Can’t Make It Tickets in your cart as you want. For example, if you’d like to make a $100 donation, you may put 2 tickets into your cart.
Are there any “scholarships” to this year’s event?
We want as many parents and friends as possible to attend this year’s auction.! There are a limited number of “camp scholarships” available for those in need of assistance; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. As always, teachers and staff at Stoddert are invited to be our guests for the evening.
How does it work?
Stoddert’s PTO will host a camp-themed cocktail party and auction at Stoddert Elementary School. Throughout the evening, attendees will have the chance to bid on class projects, teacher outings, themed baskets from each class, a wine table and so much more. There will be bites to eat, drinks from local vendors, and tons of dancing! There will be plenty for everyone to bid on in all price ranges and and lots of different ways to win.
But, I already give so much to the school, why should I go?
Camp is always more fun when more people are there by the fire! This is a chance to have a great time, meet the parents of your child’s classmates and socialize with teachers and staff in a less-formal environment. Where else can you have crave-worthy comfort foods, delicious drinks, the chance to snag great deals on auction items while hanging out with your friends and neighbors? The more parents that go, the more fun it will be for everyone!
Why does the school need to raise money?
The city of Washington DC does not provide the necessary operating funds that help make Stoddert the amazing school we love. By attending the auction, parents have a direct impact on their child’s experiences at school. All of the areas listed below are made possible through funds collected by the PTO:
Teacher stipends for classroom supplies.
Weekly transportation to the Filmore Arts Center.
Educational subscriptions, such as RazKids and iReady.
Maintenance and care of the school grounds.
- And so much more!
My kids’ grandparents/family/friends want to contribute, what is the best way?
That is so fantastic that your family and friends would like to contribute to Stoddert! The best way for the family and friends to help support the school is to either purchase a “Can’t Make It” ticket (They can put as many tickets in their cart as they want!) or make a cash donation. We would love for you to reach out to the uncles, aunts, grandparents and more for our Stoddert students. Here is a sample email if you would like to cut/paste it and send it out to your friends and family of Stoddert:
<Insert Child’s Name>’s elementary school’s Annual Auction is coming up on March 25th. It is the school’s biggest fundraiser and all proceeds go to programs such as reading, science, and garden – areas which DCPS does not provide a budget for.
We have over 400 students in Pre-K thru 5th Grade, with a diverse student body comprising of children from more than 30 countries – one of the reasons we just love this school and community overall.
At Stoddert, we don’t do the typical school fundraising through out the year, like selling wrapping paper and flowers so this is your chance! While you may not be able to come to the actual event, I’d love it if you could help out by donating today. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Please visit www.stoddert.org/support/annual-auction/ to purchase a “Can’t Make It” ticket or make a cash donation.
We hope to make this year’s fundraising effort the biggest one yet! Please know that every little bit counts! Thank you!
How can I help?
We need all of the help that we can get to put this event on! Helping out with the auction is a great way to meet new Stoddert faces and get involved. No experience is necessary! To see volunteer opportunities look and sign up here. On the day of the event, we’ll need lots of volunteers to set up the event and clean it up. Please e-mail email@example.com for more information or to offer to help.
What should I wear?
This year, anything goes! Cocktail wear with flannel, hiking boots, Scout uniforms, or campy t-shirts with fabulous shoes or just a dressier outfit. Just be sure to bring your dancing shoes and fireside coats!
What are the class projects?
Our kids will be creating a one-of-a-kind project in their class to be auctioned off at the event. Think photographs, paintings, tables, chairs and more. These projects are truly something that you don’t want to miss out on! Your room parents will be in touch with you about what your class will be doing.
What are class themed baskets?
Each class will come up with a themed “basket” of items to donate to the auction. The baskets will then be up for silent auction at the event. Basket themes can include craft beer tastings, kitchen items, seasonal baskets, pet supplies and so many more. Your room parents will be in touch with you to determine your class’ theme and to coordinate getting your basket together.
What are the teacher outings?
Some of our most popular items up for bid each year, the teachers each donate their time to plan and host an activity with a student(s). In year’s past, teacher outings have included baseball games, ice cream visits, horseback riding and so much more. You can only bid on this year’s teacher outings if you attend the event, so mark your calendars!
Will there be an online auction or other opportunities to bid?
We will not be hosting an online auction like in year’s past. However if you are unable to attend this year’s auction and would still like to help out there are plenty of ways to donate, including purchasing a “Can’t Make It” ticket right here or making a cash donation right here. If there is a particular item that you would like to put in a sealed bid for please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I know a business who wants to help?
Our team is working hard to get sponsorships for the event and items donated for the auction. If you are a business who would like to donate financially or contribute in-kind items, please get in touch with us at email@example.com. If you have business contacts or ideas for sponsorships, we want to hear from you! E-mail the auction committee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I find a list of the items up for auction at this year’s event?
Coming in March, we will have a list of items that will be available for bidding at this year’s event. You can only win these items by attending the event!
Questions we haven’t answered?
E-mail the auction committee at email@example.com.