Our Lady of Guadalupe School Auction & Dinner is the largest fundraiser of the year, making it the most significant contributor to the school’s operating budget. The auction is sponsored and supported by the Parent Organization, OLG Parish, School Commission, parents, students, staff and our surrounding community and businesses. Click here for more details on how our auction runs!
2021 Auction News:
Greetings from the 2021 Auction Committee! This year’s committee began meeting in June and is excited to have had the time and space to make significant changes to our approach to the Auction this year.
March 6th, 2021 — Our Auction date is set!
Save this date for what may be live or virtual, but either will sure be a night of fun and entertainment. Our theme is “An Evening at Sea with OLG” and we have exciting and new procurements already underway. Stay tuned to this page or make a donation here to support our school auction!
Auction Family Donation Requirements
In case you missed the July meeting of the PO and our newsletter blurb in August (and let’s face it – even if you read it, you forgot about it in the midst of back-to-school prep), we want to explain a few key changes to the way we’re collecting Auction donations this year. Here are the top 3 changes and a few FAQ’s to go along…
- We’re asking all OLG families who can to make a $200 cash donation this year on our updated Auction website: https://guadalupe-school.ejoinme.org/donate.
Q: Why push the cash option versus items?
A: Several reasons, namely the fact that we don’t want parents out in the community trying to solicit donations from our already-strapped business community. With cash to leverage, we can solicit donations from larger regional, national, and international businesses, allowing us to procure the items we’ll need to succeed in what will probably be a virtual auction environment.
Q: I know you said you don’t want families to procure donations, but I have a business that would like to donate, a property, and/or something really cool in mind that I know will sell well. Do I still have to donate $200 in cash?
A: Families wishing to facilitate corporate sponsorships or business donations, or donate tangible items or experiences are required to reach out to Development Director Rebecca Arcarese (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Sept. 30 to begin that conversation.
- We’re asking OLG families to make their donations, if you are able, by Sept. 30 – or start a conversation if they can’t.
Q: Sept 30th? That’s crazy. We have a December family Auction Commitment deadline. Isn’t there enough going on during the first month of school?
A: OLG has long required each family to contribute $200 for the Auction. There is never a perfect time to do it, and all we ask is to get some early communication this year. The Auction Committee has determined that it requires capital earlier in the year to be successful – a fall deadline is the norm for schools with late-Winter auctions. We anticipate that for most families, this early simplification of our Auction donation process will be a relief, with no additional form, item procurement, or item drop-off required.
If you anticipate a financial hardship or need to make other arrangements, we don’t want the traditional December deadline to rush upon you. Please reach out to Development Director Rebecca Arcarese (email@example.com) before Sept. 30 to participate in a modified schedule.
- Auction Class Projects have changed.
This year, each class will be creating a big BASKET! The baskets will be funded by the $200 donations of two parents from each class. If you’d like your cash donation to be used for your class’s basket (or you want to take the lead on putting it together), please contact Class Project Lead Cassie Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
More on class projects and other auction details to come. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need more clarification on these and other changes. Looking forward to the best OLG Auction ever!
Hilary Reeves, Auction Chair
Rebecca Arcarese, OLG Development Director
Clare Moffat, Procurement Chair
2020 After Report:
Feb. 29th, 2020: We raised over $100,000 with our best attended auction in a long time! Thank you! $16,700 was directed towards our Fund-A-Need, while the rest came in through night-of events, sponsorships, and general donations and support. We kept our costs under control and are pleased to announce our overall net income was just about $90,000! Thanks Guadalupe Community for your support of our school programs. Its’ never to late to help… you can continue to find out what more about our auction and give below!
April 7th: Update! Costs have been confirmed and our Fund-A-Need total is now up to $17,100. Thanks OLG Community for your support our school.
August: Doors of Guadalupe Fund-A-Need completed with available funds, leaving only the exterior door key fob expansion for a future date. Thank you for your support in helping upgrade our campus security!
Every year our auction holds a “raise the paddle” moment to support a specific need of our school. Previous needs have been focused on new double-pane windows and environmental sealing, classroom technology upgrades, outdoor-learning spaces, and science curriculum upgrades. This year we focused on THE DOORS OF GUADALUPE: Each morning and afternoon we fling our doors open wide to welcome in the children and families in our community. From the morning prayers to the afternoon activities, our community comes together to make sure the environment is safe and secure for all. It is the embodiment of our theme this year, OLG: Many Parts, One Body. Now we can spring into action to make sure we keep our community a safe, secure, and trustworthy place. You have the opportunity to help keep the Doors of Guadalupe secure and moving the right direction into the future. Your donation provided upgrades to our 60 year old building with new security locks on individual classroom doors, security cameras for the property, and the necessary components and training to make it all work! Thank you for partnering with us to secure our campus for all in the future. Join us – each door matters!
Help by Volunteering…
Are you in need of volunteer hours? Want to support the event but can’t attend as a guest? In order for this event to be successful we need the help of many OLG hands and feet. What a great way to be part of the fun. Questions please reach out to email@example.com
Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!
Missed the event but want to know more? Check out our 2020 Auction Catalog !
Scan the QR Code to Download it to your phone for the Night of the Event!
or download the PDF 2020 Auction Catalog_FINAL