Help out John Hay’s annual Spring auction via donations, a live celebration, or online bidding

In less than a month, the John Hay annual auction will grace the doors of the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. The April 6th auction is the school’s most important fundraiser, with up to 400 parents attending the live event each year plus an online auction that you can surf from the comfort of your home.

This funds from the auction help fund key programs that are no longer supported by the school district such as math and reading tutors, curriculum enhancements, art education, sports equipment and more – and the Queen Anne community helps drive the success of the auction. There are several ways you can get involved and help one of our local schools:

Donate/Procure Auction Items: The school is looking for more auction items, and any Queen Anne community member can help. Past donations have included dinners, arts/sports tickets, vacation rentals, professional services, cooking lessons, and more – you can get creative with this one, and donations are tax-deductible. Procurement forms are available online or outside the John Hay volunteer office.

Dessert Dash: Are you a baking master? The school needs about 40 desserts to fill the popular dessert dash table. You just need to make a dessert that feeds about 10 people and auction bidders get the chance to buy your dessert. If you’re interested in volunteering your baking expertise, contact Lynn Baker.

Wine Grab and Fine Wines: For the silent auction, the school is looking for both fine wines and wines in the $15-20 range as well. John Hay is partnering with McCarthy & Shiering for this fun event – you can stop by 2410 Queen Anne Ave N or call them at 206-282-8500 and they can pick out a great wine for you to donate to the auction.

RSVP:  The auction extravaganza is open to all Queen Anne community members. RSVP via email.

Online Bidding: Interested in participating via online bidding? Mark your calendars, the online auction through Bidding for Good opens March 26th.

Just a few weeks til you can mix it up and help McClure Middle at the same time

The McClure Middle School PTSA Mixer is set for March 23rd, and tickets are on sale now – and if you buy your tickets before March 15th, you’ll also be entered to win a mystery prize!

According to the organizers:

The McClure Mixer is a festive, adult-only evening event where we bring our McClure Middle School community together to help raise critical funds for library books, classroom technology, Writers in the Schools, math and reading tutors, our music program, drama club, and so much more.

The Mixer will be held at the Queen Anne Community Center, with the festivities beginning at 7pm. There’ll be food, a no-host bar, music, wine toss and silent auction with proceeds going to helping McClure kids.

For any questions or to volunteer, contact Chris Karam via email or at 206.954.1994.

Queen Anne Elementary Prepping Now for March Auction – Auction Items & Volunteers Needed

Queen Anne Elementary is hosting its “Reach for the Stars!” Auction on March 8th at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6pm-11pm. 100% of the auction proceeds go directly to QAE’s Explorer Fund, supporting a range of student services including counseling, art classes, classroom assistants, and more. The auction is key to funding and maintaining student services, so by supporting the Auction, you support the school and its students.

To help support the Auction now, you can donate items via the online form or send in the form via email. QAE needs 150 auction items by this Friday, February 1st – all they need are the forms for donated items, the actual physical items are due March 1st. Suggested items include business services, stays at vacation properties, wine collections, tickets to shows or performances, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Auction volunteers are also needed – no experience required, and the time commitment varies by activity. Volunteers are needed to help with donations, class art projects, class auction baskets, social media posting, and day-of-event help. Check out the volunteer web site or email the coordinators for more information.

If you’d like to attend the QAE Auction, you can purchase individual tickets, a table for 10, or sponsor a ticket for a teacher. Early birds save $10 by purchasing by this Friday, February 1st.