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Almost everything you need to know about the TDS Auction: For those of you who have never attended the Triangle Day School Auction, I have gathered our frequently asked questions.
Why do we have an auction?
auction is the primary fund raising event for the year, and it is
critical to the success of Triangle Day School. Last year, the evening
raised over $94,000 – this translates to almost $400 per child;–money
that went directly into the School’s operating budget–which, in turn,
maintains our rich curriculum, extensive student services, and our
qualified staff. Each year continues to build upon itself, and this
year, with your help, we would like to see the auction’s profits go even
When and where is the auction?
Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the Washington Duke Inn (The hotel offers complementary valet parking)
What time does the Auction start?
Silent Auction with cocktails and dinner stations will open at 6:00 P.M
and the Live Auction with seated dessert begins at 9:15 P.M with
dancing to follow.
How much is admission?
Tickets are $75.00 per person. You may request specific individuals you wish to be seated with – tables’ seat 12.
What is included with the admission fee?
Hors d’oeuvres, wine, dinner stations, coffee, dessert, a bidder number, and a really good time!
Can I bring my friends if they do not have children attending Triangle Day School?
Bring all your friends. The auction is a social and fun event for all
our guests. We also need buyers to make it a financial success. Tables
seat 12 and there will be instructions on how to request individuals you
wish to be seated with on the response form. We must warn you that you
may meet some new friends if your table is not full.
What should I wear?
theme of this year’s auction is Mad Hatter’s Ball! Come as an Alice in
Wonderland character, as an 1860’s lady or gentlemen; or simply
yourself with a fancy hat. (Flamingo’s are optional!)
How can I get an auction program?
programs containing details of all items in the auction plus our donor
businesses will be distributed to families the week of the auction. We
will also be listing many of the auction items is on the Triangle Day
School website. We will let you know when we have posted new items to
get you excited, motivated, and anxious to bid the night of the auction.
How does the auction work?
There are two parts to the auction:
1. The “Silent Auction”
arrival you are given a Bidder number (Warning: do not lose your bidder
number or let anyone else borrow it!). Displayed throughout the
ballroom and gallery are various items for the “Silent Auction” that you
may bid on by writing your Bidder Number and your name on the bid sheet
next to that item. Each item has a minimum bid. If someone outbids you,
you may continue to enter higher bids until the silent auction is
declared closed. The last person signed on the sheet is the winner of
2. The “Live Auction”
the “Silent Auction”, we will move to the ballroom for seated dessert
and then the “Live Auction” of selected special items. The items are
displayed in the dining room and are available for preview from the
moment you arrive. At the start of The “Live Auction” you may bid on
any item by raising your hand/bidder number. The order of flow is listed
in the auction program. We have a “professional auctioneer” who starts
the bidding and the fun going between bidders.
How do I pay for all the goods & services I purchase?
night you don’t - during the live auction you will receive an invoice
listing the items you have “won.” All items from both the “Silent
Auction” and the “Live Auction” will be available for pick up the end of
the auction or slightly prior to the end of the auction. Bring your
bidder number and form to the check out table. You will be billed for
your purchases, with payment due within 2 weeks. We take cash, checks,
Visa, and MasterCard.
How do you acquire items for the Auction?
We ask that each family to donate one unique, unused item or gift certificate, per child, to the auction.
of who you know. Do they have any connections that could get us items
for the auction? It doesn't have to be a complete package; we can mix
show tickets, with a limo ride, and a hotel stay. Every little bit
helps, but it needs to be quality items with perceived value that sell
that have sold well in the past, garnering high bids have been: tickets
to sporting events, such as, football, baseball, basketball and hockey;
sports or entertainment memorabilia, especially signed items; show
tickets (American Dance Festival, Durham Performing Arts Center); a stay
at someone's personal condo or vacation home; electronics (DVD players,
stereos, MP3 players, etc); catering in one's home for a dinner party;
works of art, jewelry, etc. The list goes on. Also, other items that
sell well and can be bundled with other like items are: movie tickets;
beautiful & unique handmade items; yard work, handy man, house
cleaning, massage, sports lessons (golf, tennis, ski, and
baseball/basketball clinics), etc.
I would like to donate tickets to a sporting event/show but the date is before the auction – what do I do?
If you have access to tickets to a sporting event – basketball, hockey,
NASCAR or a show Carolina Ballet, Symphony, American Dance Festival,
etc we can sell them prior to the auction thru various online auction
When do you need to know about items that can be auctioned?
soon as possible! If you can guarantee delivery, we want to post it
right away on the TDS website. We absolutely need all items in by the
first week of February. Please complete the YELLOW donation form(s)
and the form and the item(s) in the admissions office.
I'm a new parent, and I still have no clue as to what the auction is all about.
No Problem. Don't worry. All of us were new families at Triangle Day School at one time. Come to the Auction on February 19th,
have fun and see what happens. Once you've experienced the auction,
you'll be on board and probably chairing a committee next year. As well
as being a fundraiser, this is a fun, social evening. You do not have to
be an expert on the auction to be an important part of making it a
success. By just attending you greatly contribute. Please note that this
is an adult-only function.
Do you need volunteers for the auction?
As a matter of fact, several workers are needed to make the night a
success. If you’d like to volunteer, we have an array of committees
encompassing everything from the class projects to set-up and
breakdown. Some jobs can be done from home with a phone and a computer,
while others involve a significant time commitment. Each job provides a
wonderful opportunity to become more integrated with the TDS community
through meeting and working with other parents, all towards our common
goal of providing exceptional education for our children.