About The Auction

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On Saturday, April 29, 2017, Mercymount Country Day School will hold the 23rd Annual Bids for Kids Auction, our primary fund-raiser at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

The event is always a great time to socialize with friends and meet other Mercymount families. The success of the Auction is essential to the continuation of the quality of progressive and values-based education historically provided by Mercymount.

Through the efforts and generosity of our many donors, sponsors, advertisers and friends of the Mercymount community, our “Bids for Kids” Auction promises to be another memorable social and fund-raising event.

auction web preswipeThere are lots of ways you can join the fun

  • Come to the Auction. It’s our most festive fundraiser of the year.
  • Make a donation. All donations large or small, individual or group are welcome and are sure to make the event successful.
  • Solicit a donation. Have any friends who own a business or have a favorite business that you frequent? Ask them if they would like to donate.
  • Solicit an ad from local businesses or consider a personal greeting to your child.
  • Buy or sell raffle tickets. This year we will have the tuition raffle, a grand raffle as well as the popular No Uniform slips.
  • Refer a corporate sponsor.

Questions & Answers

What do I need to do as a parent for the Auction?
The Auction Committee asks that each family try to procure at least one item. We realize that many parents are very busy and that some parents, therefore, would prefer to make a cash donation rather than procure an item. Cash donations are accepted and will be used to purchase items to complete packages and/or offset costs of the Auction. To make a cash contribution, please complete an Item Donation Form (available at the school office or online (http://www.mercymount.org)). Checks should be made payable to Mercymount Country Day School.

What kind of items do I donate?
So many wonderful items are auctioned off on Auction night, and we are always seeking new and creative items. Please see the attached Wish List for examples of items that we think would be fun and exciting to offer our Auction attendees.

When is the deadline to drop off items for the Auction?
Item Drop Off Day is set March 24, 2017. Items may be dropped off in the foyer from 7:45-10:00 am and 3-5:00 pm.

Why is Item Drop Off Day several weeks in advance of the Auction night?
Our Auction catalogue, which describes each item that is available for bidding, is emailed the week before the actual Auction night. Therefore, each donation item must be fully described and ready for printing several weeks before the Auction night.

How is the money used that is earned from the Auction?
The Bids for Kids Auction is a major annual fundraising event for our school. Since Mercymount is a private, non-profit, Catholic elementary school, we do not receive funding from any congregation or government agency. Therefore, fundraisers such as our Auction comprise a major source of the operating budget. The money raised helps offset the annual costs of operating the school, provides resources for classrooms and the library as well as items needed by special teachers, facilities and faculty. It also provides financial aid to families. The success of our Auction is essential to the continued quality of education and moral upbringing provided by Mercymount, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Last year over 300 people attended and over $96,000 was raised!

When and where is the auction?
The 2017 event is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 beginning with cocktails and silent auction at 6:00 pm; dinner will be Live Food Stations with dessert and coffee seated immediately prior to the exciting Live Auction. Our largest social event is held at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island (enter through the West Entrance to avoid the casino).

How do I RSVP?
Invitations will be sent out approximately 6 weeks prior to the event, along with RSVP cards.

What do I wear?
Attendees typically wear attire that is suitable for an elegant restaurant.

Who do I contact with questions about the auction?
Auction Chair: Keli Sanford (Keli.e.sanford@gmail.com) or Co-Chair, Lisa Lydon, Director of Advancement (llydon@mercymount.org)

More information and printable forms are available by clicking on the appropriate link.