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Reach for the Stars: 2019 Auction Information for Current Families

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Reach for the stars!

The possibilities for our children are endless. The world they will inherit will include jobs that don't exist now and frontiers we can't even conceive of today. Burgundy encourages our kids to dream big, to want to reach for their own stars, and to grow beyond the boundaries. Burgundy also uniquely cultivates the skills and passion for learning and exploration that will allow our children to be the future leaders and innovators that we need in the 21st century.

This year's Auction theme celebrates how Burgundy guides and inspires our children and our community to reach for the stars. Please join us to celebrate and support Burgundy at our 37th Annual Auction on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. As a community, we will enjoy dinner, cocktails, and bidding on exciting silent and live items and experiences to raise funds for financial aid.

We recognize the vital academic, creative, and social skills that Burgundy teaches our children and we also appreciate the richness of our shared experience, derived in part from the diversity of our community. Financial aid is a critical tool that enables Burgundy to open our classroom doors to more families, strengthening the diversity of our community and enriching our children's lives. This year, one in four students is receiving financial aid. In the last few years, the Auction has netted an average revenue of $146,000--all of which supports financial aid! This money, together with additional funding provided by Burgundy, helps a total of 67 students this school year. We're counting on you to join with us at this year's Auction to meet this need and enable our children and our community to reach for the stars thanks to your support! The success of the Auction and the reach of Burgundy's financial aid depends upon the generosity of our community.

In addition to enjoying our Burgundy community, one of the best parts of the Burgundy Auction is the incredible range of items and experiences that represent the passions, talents, and networks of Burgundy families. Here's how you can help:

Attend: Come to the Auction (adults only) and enjoy a fun and meaningful night with our Burgundy community. Tickets are $75 per person (including dinner and drinks) and proceeds directly benefit financial aid. Save the date now and buy your tickets in February.

Volunteer: Many hands make light work! We need volunteers to solicit items and experiences, prepare/plan for the big night, set up and decorate the gym and middle school lobby, and clean up after the event. Interested in helping and having lots of fun? Email us!

Donate/Solicit Auction Items: We welcome all kinds of donations--from restaurant gift cards to popular electronics to vacation homes and trips. If you have ideas or questions, please contact us or Auction Coordinator Allison Niedbala at Every dollar that we do not spend on the event is another dollar that supports financial aid so we also welcome general donations to offset Auction costs like decorations and services.

Donate a Party/Tour or Creative Activity: Donate a memorable experience by hosting a party and let Auction-goers sign up to attend your party/event! Please consider your own talents, expertise, and resources that you can combine to offer unique experiences to Burgundy community members of various interests and age groups through these "Sign Up Parties." Some examples from recent years include a dinner and Evening Parade for families at the Marine Barracks and an Ease into Summer Wine Tasting for adults.

Purchase an Advertisement: Promote your business or services in the Auction catalog OR send a message of gratitude or encouragement. Advertisements start at $50. Reserve your advertisement on the online donor form.

We would be happy to discuss specific ways that you might support the Auction. Thank you for your continued support of this important event. We look forward to seeing you at the Burgundy Auction!



Jane Hyatt Thorpe,                                                          Betsy Erickson,

parent of Carolina Jane Sramek, 3rd Buckeyes        parent of Nevie, 2nd Viceroys, and Beezer, K Foxes