When and where is the event? “An Evening in Oz” will be held on January 23, 2015 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 17 until December 18. Regular tickets will be on sale from December 19 through the night of the event ($190/person). The benefit website address is www.mcswinterbenefit.com and the website will be up and running shortly! (won’t the website be up before this is sent?)
Different individual sponsorship levels are offered to help underwrite the event. All sponsorships levels include one ticket and any amount paid above the value of the ticket 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). This will count as a cash donation and 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 7pm until 8:30 with dinner being served when you arrive. 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 will be open throughout the evening until it closes at 10:00. We will move upstairs at 8:30 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: It is recommend that you arrive closer to 7pm to be able 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 all 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 3 different ways to bid on items: silent mobile auction, live auction, and boutique.
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 project, brunch with Whendy 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 ahead of time, and they will be displayed during the silent auction.
What is the Boutique? If you don’t like to get into bidding wars, you can simply buy various items from our Boutique table. They will be priced at a discount and you can commit to purchasing at the offered price.
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! Most importantly, 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.
Are the donations tax-deductible? Yes, Montclare Parent Association is a 501©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 contributions, and your name will be mentioned in the event program.
Please feel free to contact the Winter Benefit Co-Chairs (Monica Cardanini, Denise Leung, and Claudia Vela) if you have any additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.