What is Montclare’s Annual Winter Benefit?
The Annual Montclare Winter Benefit is hosted by the Montclare Parent’s Association (a 501c3 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.
Proceeds from this event support need-based scholarships for new and ongoing families at Montclare Children’s School. Currently, 10 scholarships are being provided by the Montclare Parents’ Association (a 501c3 non profit organization). If possible we would like to double the amount by raising $250K at various events. These scholarships give a jump-start to these children and give them the experience to pave the way for a successful career in the future. This also brings diversity to the school and ultimately enhances all of our children’s experiences.
When and where is the event?
"Atlantis” will be held on January 22, 2016 at Guastavino’s (409 East 59th Street) from 7-11pm.
What is the dress code?
There is no official dress code, but most people prefer to dress up. Festive attire is recommended.
What kind of tickets can I buy?
Early bird tickets ($165/person) go on sale November 30 until December 18. Regular tickets ($195/person) will be on sale from December 19 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 sponsorships levels include one ticket and any amount paid above the fair market value 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. Any family buying 2 early bird or regular tickets will be eligible to buy additional friends and family tickets at the discounted price of $145 per person. Please note that the friends and family tickets cannot be purchased for other Montclare families.
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 enter an amount). Any amount paid above the $125.00 ticket price is tax deductible. After all, the teachers are what makes the school so great, and our kids’ experiences and academic achievements possible!
What is the event program?
The event will begin downstairs from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm with dinner being offered during this time. Dinner will consist of passed small plate items as well as several buffets offering gourmet food. The downstairs open bar offering premium wine and spirits will be available until 8:30. The silent mobile auction & boutique with many fabulous items will begin at 7:00 and continue throughout the evening until it closes at 10:00. At 8:30 we will move upstairs and be seated for dessert, cocktails, coffee and a fabulous live auction that will run from 9:00-9:45. The event ends at 11:00 so there is plenty of time to continue socializing after the live auction.
* Note: We recommended arriving closer to 7pm to enjoy the delicious food, drinks and socialize with other parents and teachers. Please note 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 school starting on Monday, January 26th. All live auction items and boutique items will be taken the night of the event.
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 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. We will post more details to the (website) on the new bidding system closer to the event.
What is a Live Auction?
Some of our most sought-after items will be part of the live auction; your child’s class art projects, brunch with Chad and other exciting experiences. It will be held during the second half of the event (starting approximately at 9pm). The live auction will require raising paddles to bid which you will receive at check in. You will be able to review all of the class art projects and other items online prior to the event and they will be displayed downstairs during the silent auction.
Is participation in auctions mandatory?
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak to your Winter Benefit class rep.
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 will be posted on the website. We will be very grateful for any contribution that you can make to the event.
Please feel free to contact the Winter Benefit Co-Chairs (Ruby Marenco, Heather Lamont and Maria Cardenas) if you have any additional questions at email@example.com.