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Online Auction FAQ
What is the Online Auction?
This year’s online auction will be from March 15-March 20. Packed with a variety of items for the home, plus dining and travel as well as kids camps, activities and family fun – there’s always something for everyone. Last year this event raised more than $100K for our schools and we rely on this revenue to help us reach our year-end fundraising goal.
I own a business, can I donate an item?
Absolutely! We appreciate donations from District families who own or work at a business that we can feature in our online auction. Contact info@SPARKschools.org
How can I get involved?
We are looking for volunteers to help with solicitations – we provide you with an email template and reach out to businesses on our hit list. These are mostly businesses that frequently support SPARK so they are familiar with our outreach efforts. Many hands make light work! You can sign up for as many as 20 accounts or as few as five. Our success depends on great items and we need your help to make this happen! Contact info@SPARKschools.org
How do I view and bid on items?
You will need to set up an account with Give Smart, our auction software before the auction opens at noon on March 15th, so you can be ready to bid right away. Once your account is confirmed you can preview the Online Auction Catalog items.
Can I donate my vacation home?
Yes! These are always in-demand items and we would love to include your vacation home in our auction. You can specify available dates and any other restrictions or important information. Contact info@SPARKschools.org
What about sports tickets?
We always love offering tickets to any games! You can specify available games and any other restrictions or important information. Contact info@SPARKschools.org
What are Sign Up Parties?
Parents volunteer to plan and host a variety of parties and your ticket price raises money for SPARK. These parent-hosted events range from hiking, yoga, and biking to cooking, painting, and cocktailing. Spots for parties are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prices to attend the parties vary, depending on the time of day and activity. All of the money collected from the sign-ups are passed on to SPARK, so they not only raise money for the Foundation but also allow you to meet more families and make new friends! Whether it’s a big bash like a ping pong tournament or a smaller gathering like a hike up Mt. Tam we’ve got something for everyone.
SPARK tip: These events can sell out very quickly, so get online as soon as the auction opens at noon on March 15th.
What if I have a question about something else?
We want to hear from you! Contact us at info@SPARKschools.org
Spring Event – May 5, 2023
What is the Spring Event?
Save the date – our Spring in-person fundraising event will be held Friday, May 5th. Featuring a live band, food, fun, live auction and paddle raise, this fundraising event is not to be missed! More details to come.
How do I purchase tickets and where is the event?
Tickets will be available for purchase in the beginning of April.
What does my ticket include?
Your ticket includes access to the cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, Live Auction, Paddle Raise and live music.
What is the Paddle Raise?
Every year at our event, we ask guests to raise their paddles to fund the gap so we can reach our fundraising goal. This is a critical component of our fundraising and you can participate whether you attend the event or not!
What will be available to bid on at the event?
The Live Auction will feature a small selection of swoon-worthy items from once in a lifetime trips to special experiences. Closer to the event, we’ll give you a sneak peek so you can be ready to bid!