What is Montclare’s Annual Winter Benefit?
The Annual Montclare Winter Benefit is hosted by the Montclare Parent’s Association (a 501(c)(3) non profit organization) and is the school’s largest annual social and philanthropic event. This is a night to get dressed up, mix, mingle and have fun! The night features food, drinks and both silent and live auction opportunities.
All Proceeds from this event support need-based scholarships for new and ongoing families at Montclare Children’s School. These scholarships give children from a diverse background a quality preschool education that will help pave the way for a future love of learning. This also brings diversity to the school and ultimately enhances all of our children’s experiences.
When and where is the event?
Our 2017 annual winter benefit "Celebrating Creativity” will be held on Friday January 27th, 2017 at espace from 7pm - 11pm. espace is located at 635 West 42nd Street, NYC between 11th & 12th avenue.
What is the dress code?
Let’s dress up! Festive attire is recommended.
What kind of tickets can I buy?
Early bird tickets ($165/person) go on sale Monday November 28th through Sunday January 1st. Regular tickets ($195/person) will be on sale from Monday January 2nd through the night of the event. The benefit website address is www.mcswinterbenefit.com.
Different individual sponsorship levels are offered to help underwrite the event. All sponsorship levels include one ticket and any amount paid above the value of goods ($150) is tax deductible!
Can I invite my friends and family?
Of course, the more the merrier! You can buy as many tickets as you’d like.
How does the ‘Sponsor a Teacher’ fundraiser work?
We encourage parents to contribute money towards the purchase of the teachers’ tickets (you’ll have an option to select an amount). After all, the teachers are a huge part of what makes the school so great, and our kids’ experiences and academic achievements possible!
What is the event program?
The silent mobile auction will begin at 7:00pm and continue throughout the evening. Cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvre will also start at 7pm, followed by a two course seated dinner that starts at 8pm. Dinner will consist of a winter salad followed by an entree chosen by each guest. The live auction will start shortly after the first course is plated. At 9:30pm dessert and coffee will be served cocktail / buffet style allowing guests to once again mingle. The silent auction will be coming to a close around 10pm, allowing guests one last opportunity to place their bids and take home their winning prize(s). The event ends at 11:00 so there will be plenty of time to continue socializing. There will be multiple open bars offering premium wine and spirits available throughout the night from 7pm - 11pm.
*Note: We recommended arriving at 7:00 pm to enjoy the delicious food, drinks and socialize with other parents and teachers.
What types of bidding will be offered?
There are 2 different ways to bid on items: silent mobile auction and live auction.
What is a Silent Mobile Auction?
Visit the tables, or look at your mobile bidding page to see and read about the amazing items. We will be using mobile bidding this year so please remember to bring your cell phones! (But not to worry, we will also have volunteers with tablets who will also be able to record your bid). There are no paper bid sheets – all bids must be placed electronically using our mobile bidding system.
What is a Live Auction?
Some of our most sought-after items will be part of the live auction; including your child’s class art projects and other exciting experiences... The live auction will be held during our seated dinner starting at 8pm. It will require raising paddles to bid, which you will receive at your tables. You will be able to review all of the class art projects and other items online prior to the event and they will also be displayed during the silent auction.
You will receive notification if you are the winning bid on items from the silent auction and they will be available for pick up at the school starting on Monday, January 30th.
All live auction items will be taken the night of the event.
Absolutely not! You can just buy a ticket, show up, eat, drink, socialize, and have a good time with your fellow parents! This is a community-building event, and we would like for everyone to have a wonderful experience.
How do I make a donation to the auction?
Please contact the Winter Benefit committee (email@example.com) or speak to your Winter Benefit class rep.
You can also contribute by Sponsoring a Teacher (see above).
Are the donations tax-deductible?
Yes, the Montclare Parents Association is a 501(c)3 non profit organization, so your donations are tax-deductible.
What if I can’t make it but want to support the event?
Absolutely! The instructions on how to make cash donations, or contribute auction items will be posted on the website. We will be very grateful for any contribution that you can make to the event. Or you can also contribute by Sponsoring a Teacher (see above).
Please feel free to contact the Winter Benefit Co-Chairs if you have any additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions, donations and sponsor inquiries please contact the MCS Winter Benefit committee at email@example.com