Monday, March 02, 2009

Silent Auction - Our PTO's Biggest Fundraiser

The 2008 Silent Auction raised over $20,000 for field trips, WESO materials, teacher mini-grants, writing workshops with EMU, Leslie Science Center programming and much, much more.

With one month to go, we are not anywhere near that mark. And while we budgeted for a smaller auction this year, we need a concerted effort from everyone to make this event even half as successful as last year.

How Can You Help?

Offer to call 5 businesses who have supported us in the past and likely will donate something this year.

Offer to take on a leadership position--Needed positions are:

Volunteer coordinator--this person helps find/schedule volunteers for table set up Thurs night, display set up Friday, registration, check-out and clean up duties.

Food coordinator--this person plans and orders a menu, purchases plates/serving ware, and ensures vendors are paid.

Filing coordinator--on auction day this person leads a team to handle registrations, makes files for each registrant and sorts winning bid sheets. Terri Brodkey (previous chair) has perfected this and unfortunately will be out of town April 3rd.

Donation, Donations, Donations

Half of our monies raised were from internal donations. Some suggestions:

Offer a home cooked meal for delivery; Lessons?--music, skating, chess, language, painting; host a party--it's 80's night with big hair, Madonna, and shoulder pads; donate travel award miles or hotel reward points; offer your time share; gardeners can share perrenials; bakers share favorite desserts; host a children's party or event such as "learning magic" or "fun with math"; create a collection of your favorite wines; donate a themed basket such as Poke'mon or consider hosting a tailgate party some Saturday in Sept, Oct or Nov.

Unable to Volunteer or Donate?

Please send a check to King PTO with Silent Auction in the memo line. This fundraiser requires the support of every King family.

For information on how to help or to offer a donation, contact Lisa Kohn, Auction Chair. or 734-417-7129.