Spring Night 2013

Spring Night Auction Party: May 10, 6 - 11 pm
High School Pre-Party Reception at 5:30 pm 

 Online Auction: May 2 - May 15
Closes at 10:00 pm



The Event

The Spring Night Benefit will be held Saturday, May 10 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM at The Generals Residence in Upper Fort Mason.  The entrance is on Bay Street at Franklin Street. Click here for driving directions. Parking: we have reserved a parking lot in Fort Mason.  Click here for a a map to the lot.  

High School Pre-Party Reception
Last year we continued the tradition of a pre-party for high school parents, as there are fewer opportunities for this group to gather during the year. Since it was such a great success, we will continue this again starting at 5:30pm in the Funston Room at the Generals Residence.  Come mingle with other high school parents, partake in light food and drinks, and chat with faculty and administration.

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Auction Benefit

Online Auction
The Online Auction will open Friday, May 2 at 10am and will close Thursday, May 15 at 10:00pm. The items on the Online Auction are generally gift certificates, vacation stays, and a variety of services that have been offered by the community.  Because many of the items in the online auction are from stores where you already shop, the online auction is a great way to support the school. Click here to view items, update your address, or make a donation! You do not need to attend Spring Night to participate in the online auction.

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on May 10 at the Generals Residence.  The items at the Silent Auction are often beautiful pieces of art, homemade crafts, clothing, jewelry, and extra special items from our community.  The Silent Auction is a great opportunity to mingle with the community, partake in delicious food and drink, and support the school at the same time. Can't come to the Auction but want to bid? Download an Absentee Bid Sheet here.

Live Auction
The Live Auction is the second half of the Spring Night Auction Party.  It is a fun-filled and entertaining auction with a professional auctioneer. It features all of the Class Projects that everyone has been working on, special items from the community (last year a Catered Class Party was auctioned), and Fund-A-Need.  Fund-A-Need is a particularly important part of Spring Night, where the community generously donates to particular needs determined by the school. Last year, this effort supported new drapes in Dakin Hall at the grade school and a variety of classroom features in Herbst Hall at the high school. Can't come to the Auction but want to bid? Download an Absentee Bid Sheet here.

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Donations of Items and Services

To make Spring Night a successful fund-raising event, we rely on parents and extended community to make donations of services and items to auction. Many in our extended community of grandparents, alumni and alumni parents participate in the bidding, so it is a great way to demonstrate your generosity (and raise awareness of your business!).  We will display a full color image and description of the donated item, as well as a link to your website if provided. 

We are also interested in some of the more unique opportunities that our community can offer.  Such donations could include a visit for a high school student to your business, a special meal, homemade canned goods, or special outings to places that you love.  If you are interested in donating a unique item, the Advancement Office is happy to brainstorm ideas with you.

To make a donation, please go to www.sfwaldorf.org/donationsDonations should be received no later than April 28 to be included in the auction. SFWS is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, so your donation is fully tax deductible. We also ask merchants in the wider Bay Area community to make donations, so if you have a relationship with a store, restaurant, or service provider, we are happy to help you ask for a donation! Contact Seraph White, our Advancement Associate, at (415) 875-7212 or swhite@sfwaldorf.org for questions and donation leads.

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Class Projects

Class projects are an integral part of Spring Night Benefit Auction.  Every year, a few months before the auction, classes decide on a project. These projects usually involve both parent and student creativity and a lot of much appreciated hard work. In the high school, projects are usually spearheaded by a smaller group of parents in collaboration with faculty and students, often highlighting student art.  These projects are the cornerstone of the Live Auction and generate a large portion of revenues during Spring Night.

If you are a parent in the grade school, you have a class project coordinator who is organizing your class project.  Please contact your class parent to get involved.  Class projects are a great way to become engaged in your class community.

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Underwriting the event

Tickets
At San Francisco Waldorf School inclusiveness is a core value and so we structure our Spring Night tickets to be accessible for everyone. This means that in addition to our base ticket price of $75, we have a pay-what-what-you-can ticket option, allowing you to pay the amount that is comfortable in your budget ($0 and up).  We also offer a number of sponsorship levels that allow us to cover the costs of the event without infringing on the financial success of the auction itself. You can choose the ticket level that is best for you when you RSVP.

Individual and Corporate Sponsorship
If you are unable to attend Spring Night, but would still like to support the event, we strongly encourage event sponsorship.  Please contact Mitch Mitchell, Advancement Director, at (415) 875-7211 or mmitchell@sfwaldorf.org, if you have any questions.

We also welcome corporate sponsorships.  These sponsorships can be for complimentary tickets or for more comprehensive event support. We will display corporate logos for sponsorships at $1000 and above on our auction material, and will recognize all sponsorships in our Annual Report. If you think that your company would be interested in sponsoring our event, please contact Mitch at (415) 875-7211 or mmitchell@sfwaldorf.org for any supporting material that you require.

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How Can I Help?

Volunteer Jobs
Putting on an event like the Spring Night Benefit Auction is truly a community effort.  In addition to the countless hours spent by the Spring Night volunteer team led by Auction Chair Juliana Beach, we need help with a number of jobs at or near the event itself.  These include:

  • Class Project support
  • Set-Up and Clean-up
  • Check-In/Check-Out Support

To volunteer, please contact Mitch at (415) 875-7211 or mmitchell@sfwaldorf.org

Donation Solicitation
As mentioned above, soliciting donations or donating your own goods or services helps make Spring Night a successful fundraiser. Click here to donate to the auction. 

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