2020 Holy Infant Auction FAQs
Why does Holy Infant have an auction?
The auction is our primary fundraising initiative for the year, and it is essential to the success of Holy Infant. Proceeds raised from the event - which, in the past, have exceeded $100,000 - help maintain the mission of our school, which also includes focusing on things like our curriculum, updating our technology each year, and everyday school operations. Holy Infant has one of the most affordable tuition rates in the area, and we rely on the parish and auction funds to bridge the gap. The auction is also a fun way to spend an evening socializing with other members of our Holy Infant community! (We know that this year is much different, and even though we can't be celebrating all together, we are GRATEFUL to all be in this together!)
When and where is the auction?
Saturday, November 14th, 2020 - online, and from your own living room! We will have opportunities to bid and donate all week, with the final bids, premier items, and Fund-a-Need occurring on the evening of November 14th.
How much is admission, and what is included?
Admission is free and open to all! You do not have to purchase tickets to participate in the online silent auction, raffles, and Fund-a-Need, or to view our live program on the evening of November 14th at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to register on GiveSmart to browse for, bid on, donate, and buy items!
This year, since we are not selling tickets for an in-person event, we are offering a "Party Pack" for $100*. This donation of $100 includes an exclusive Holy Infant cooler bag filled with a bottle of wine, beer, snacks and goodies for your family to enjoy while you watch and bid on items. The Party Pack will be available to purchase from October 1st through October 26th
* We were previously offering the Party Packs in place of the typical ticket purchase that is required to attend the in-person auction. To stay aligned with our theme of being Thankful, Grateful, Blessed, we now want to extend the invite to our entire parish and school community to attend the live auction. There is no ticket/Party Pack purchase required to access the live stream.
How will this year's auction work?
The virtual auction will be similar to previous years with a silent auction, where anyone who registers on the auction site can view and bid on items, donate to Fund-a-Need, and purchase raffle tickets for our 50/50 raffle. Silent auction bidding will begin on November 9th and conclude on November 14th at 6:30pm (before the live event begins). Our live stream will begin at 7:00pm on November 14th. This live stream will feature a short program including messages from our committee, Fr. Stanger, and Mrs. McQuaide, a portion about the Fund-a-Need, and "premier" live Items that will only be available to bid on during the live program. The live program will conclude at or around 8:00pm.
During the week, we will also highlight our "Fund-a-Need," giving opportunities to donate on our wish list of technology improvements. The entire virtual event will be conducted via GiveSmart mobile bidding. The week before the event, those who have registered on GiveSmart will receive a text with instructions on how to bid using a mobile device. Once all bidding has concluded, you will know which items you have won by viewing your receipt via GiveSmart on your mobile device, and the items won will be available for pickup at the school or rectory after the event.
What kinds of items are up for bid?
There will be a range of items to bid on including services, getaways, physical goods, school-associated items, and experiences. We also have Classroom Creations (created by our students), School Takeover, and Teacher Parties. Our silent auction catalog has items at all price points, starting from $25. There's something for every budget - you don't have to break the bank to grab something great and help the school!
Is there a catalog of items up for bid?
You will be able to view the online catalog of auction items closer to the day of the event on the website through GiveSmart. Leading up to the auction, check out our Facebook page to see sneak previews of items that will be up for bid.
Are you running ads in your catalog?
This year we will only be listing our auction items on GiveSmart. However, we will have a digital auction booklet that will include our list of donors, committee members, and advertising from our sponsors. Our sponsor ads will also be featured on Facebook. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in advertising.
Tell me about these "Classroom Creations", "School Takeover", "Teacher Parties," and "Sign-Up Parties" that I keep hearing about!
Classroom Creations: Each year, a few parent volunteers help each class create a work of art! Each child in the classroom has a part in making the item truly unique. For example, 2nd grade typically has a commemorative First Communion platter with each child's fingerprints. There are always adorable, creative options in this category - stepping stones, cookie jars, Monopoly games, quilts, group photo prints, and more! Every year we always end up with amazing keepsakes in this category.
Teacher Parties: Our fabulous faculty and staff offer up fantastic experiences to share with one or more students. These are some of the most popular items offered each year. Some are organized by the faculty and staff for groups of students, such as lunches, donut parties, etc. These experiences will happen during the school day, and, because of COVID, will be limited in capacity.
School Takeover: The school takeover is a day (in the spring) where the school is taken over by the students! Each teacher's job is taken over by a student from his/her class. That student will see what it is like to be that teacher or staff member for the day. Bid on your student's homeroom teacher for a day that they will never forget!
Sign-Up Parties: These themed parties are hosted by our awesome parents and supporters. These parties are generally geared for boys and girls of each grade, and there are many adult-themed parties! This year due to COVID restrictions, the decision was made to postpone Sign-Up Parties. We hope to revisit this in the Spring, so save all your creative party ideas!
(We also realize that many parties purchased at last year's auction have not yet happened. We will work with the party hosts to determine a feasible course of action. We are truly sorry if you missed out on something that you purchased, and, due to the circumstances, appreciate your support and understanding.)
Are there any raffles?
Yes! This year we will be doing a 50/50 raffle. You will be able to purchase this 50/50 raffle ticket right from your device through GiveSmart. The raffle tickets are available to purchase now until Saturday, November 14th at 6:00pm, and the drawing will be held on Saturday, November 14th at 7:00pm at the start of the Live Program. If you are the winner you will be notified via text. Your winnings will show up as a credit in your GiveSmart account. You can either use that money as payment if you bid on and win auction items, or a check will be issued to you after the auction.
How and when do I pay for the goods & services I purchase?
When the silent and live auctions are both closed, the GiveSmart site will show you both a list of items purchased and also your total for the evening. These purchases will then be charged to the credit card you provided while registering. All items/paperwork from both the silent and premier auctions will be available for pick-up at the school or rectory the week after the auction.
Do I have to buy something from the auction?
No! We hope you do, but you don't have to. Please feel free to browse the items?you may find something you love!
Can I invite my friends and family to also register and bid?
YES! All are welcome, and since our event is virtual this year, we are able to include everyone who tune's in to watch. Anyone can register on GiveSmart to bid. And, we definitely need buyers to make it a financial success - the more, the merrier. We hope you will join us throughout the week and on Saturday, November 14th at 7:00pm!
The 2020 Auction Committee