Spring Fundraiser Frequently Asked Questions
What is West Side Montessori’s Spring Fundraiser? The Spring Fundraiser is West Side’s premier social event of the year. It is a fun party bringing the entire West Side Montessori community together. This year’s theme is Fire & Ice.
The event features silent and live auctions, entertainment, grazing stations, and an open bar.
Is there childcare available for the evening? No, but we can provide a list of WSM connected babysitters.
What is the format for the evening? The evening begins right at 6:30 with social mingling, eating, perusing auction items, and enjoying cocktails. There is limited seating as the event is a very active event.
At approximately 8:30 the live auction will begin. The live auction features 12 items and is fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on purchasing these big-ticket items. The live auction will last one hour. After the live auction, we will dance to the sound of Touch the Sky DJ, Rick Clark.
What is the live auction vs. the silent auction? During the live auction, you’ll be bidding against other guests for some fabulous trips and packages. Our professional auctioneer will guide the proceedings and keep the excitement and energy high. In the silent auction, we have a variety of fun items and services for every budget.
During the live auction, there will be a special “raise your paddle” drive for a specific West Side Montessori need.
How do I bid on a live auction item? Everyone attending the event will have been assigned a bidder number upon check-in. When you want to participate in live auction bidding, simply raise your hand to get the attention of a spotter. If you win the item, the spotter will note your bidder number and prize.
How do I bid on a silent auction item? Silent bidding will take place at the silent auction tables on paper bid forms. If you like an item, simply mark your bid and bid number on the form. When the silent auction closes, the top bidder will take home the item. Silent auction item tables will open at 6:30 and remain open until after the live auction for last minute bidding.
If I go to the Spring Fundraiser, will I be expected to bid on something? There are no requirements for guests at the event, other than to have a good time! You certainly don’t need to bid on anything, although we’re sure you’ll be tempted by the wide array of auction items.
How much is an admission? Tickets to the event are $100/per person. Single or Couple admissions can be purchased online at the event website or by returning your reply card enclosed in the invitation. Invitations will be mailed by the mid-February.
Can I purchase tickets now? Of course, the online window is open! You can purchase one now and one later, or purchase your tickets altogether when you are ready.
What should I wear to the event? The event is generally cocktail/smart casual.
How do I pay for my auction win(s)? Paying for your items is simple. When you arrive at the event, the volunteer who checks you in will swipe your MasterCard or Visa. Your credit card information will be stored in a secure terminal. You can choose to use that card to pay for your purchases or you can pay by cash or check at the checkout table.
Will I need to take my auction win(s) home that night? Yes, it would be ideal to take your items home that night.
If I have a question, who should I ask? You can ask any of the 2018 Spring Fundraiser committee members listed below:
How can I help? There are many ways to help:
Thank you for your continued generosity and support of West Side Montessori!