Each spring, the St. Thomas School community gathers together to celebrate and raise money to support all that the school has to offer. This year’s fundraising event will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Spanish Ballroom. An online auction will be held in the weeks prior to the event. In addition to raising money for current programs through the live and online auctions, a Raise-the-Paddle will raise funds for initiatives outlined in the school’s current Strategic Plan, including the Center for Leadership and Innovation and Center for Personalized Learning.

Event Sponsorship

Sponsoring our Auction is a great way for you to support St. Thomas School and its long-standing role in the community. Auction sponsors offset the costs associated with our event, so that more of the dollars raised go directly to the school.

Sponsorships are available at the following levels:

  • Gold ‒ $5,000
  • Silver ‒ $2,500
  • Bronze ‒ $1,000
  • Supporter ‒ Up to $1,000

Sponsoring is easy through our online giving page. Or contact the Development Office at development@stthomasschool.org or 425-454-5880.

Item Donation

We are in need of fun experiences and quality items for our Online and Live Auctions. To donate, please complete a procurement form and email to auction@stthomasschool.org or drop off at the STS reception desk.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is A Toast to Excellence?

A Toast to Excellence is the theme of St. Thomas School’s Auction fundraiser, which will be held at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s Spanish Ballroom in Seattle on Saturday, March 17, 2018.  The celebration will include a Live Auction and Raise-the-Paddle and online auction prior to the event.

How do I buy my tickets?

Tickets will be available starting January 23rd and are priced at $175 each.  You will be able to navigate to our event website via www.stthomasschool.org/auction.

What forms of payment are accepted for my event ticket, merchandise purchases, and the Raise-the-Paddle?

We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) on our event website to purchase tickets and merchandise and to bid in the online auction. Your credit card information will be securely stored and kept for any purchases you make the night of the event. If you wish to pay for event night purchases, such as Raise-the-Paddle, via check, please contact Leila Thomas to make those arrangements. And if you wish to use a credit card other than the one you entered online, we will be able to change it at registration when you arrive at the event.

What should I wear?

This event is black tie optional. In other words, for men, if not a tuxedo, a dark suit and tie. For women a full-length dress, or something cocktail-length, but still festive.  

What happens on the night of the event?

  • The event begins with cocktails at 6:00pm.
  • On arrival, please register at the registration desk.  Coat check will be nearby.
  • Seating will begin at 7:00 p.m.
  • After the Raise-the-Paddle and Live Auction, get ready to hit the dance floor with music by our live band, The Dudley Manlove Quartet.

If you're unable to attend the event and would like to participate in the Raise-the-Paddle or bid on Live Auction items anonymously, please contact Director of Development Leila Thomas. Leila can bid on your behalf.

I, or my company, would like to sponsor the event – how do I do that?

Being an Auction sponsor demonstrates your support of the education St. Thomas School provides and the place STS holds as a long-standing member of the Medina community. Your family or business name will be featured on our website, in the event newsletter and program, and in our 2017-18 Annual Report. Various sponsorship levels are available:

  • Gold $5,000
  • Silver $2,500
  • Bronze $1,000
  • Supporter Up to $1,000

Please reference our Sponsorship Packet for information about sponsorship or email the Development Office with any questions you may have.

When will I receive my event program?

Hard copies of the auction catalog will be sent home with the eldest student in your family in the week prior to the event. An electronic version of the program will be available on the school’s website at  www.stthomasschool.org/auction.

What is collaborative bidding?

Several items in the Live Auction are intended to be split amongst friends. We encourage you to speak with your friends about your bidding strategy and select a primary bidder to raise their paddle for the group.

What is a "Sponsor-a-Teacher Ticket"?

Faculty and Staff and their spouse/partners are invited to attend the event at no-charge. Your purchase of Sponsor-a-Teacher tickets helps to underwrite this cost to the Auction. These tickets are a great way to support the event even if you are unable to attend. You will be able to navigate to ticket sales via www.stthomasschool.org/auction after January 23rd.

My child had their photograph taken - how do I purchase it?

The photographs taken by Jennifer Winter will be available to purchase through the Auction website at a cost of $75. Once purchased, your photograph will be available from the STS Front Desk after March 20th.  One photograph is available for each child.

Will we receive a special rate if we stay overnight at the Fairmont the night of the Auction?

Yes. Guests need to make reservations directly with the hotel on an individual basis.  Please call the hotel directly at 206-621-1700 ext. 3131 or toll-free at 1-800-821-8106. It is imperative that individuals indicate their affiliation with St. Thomas School Room Block when making reservations, otherwise the rate that applies may not be extended. 

Guests may also make reservations through the following link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/stthomas2018

I have more event-related questions, who should I ask?

Please do not hesitate to contact the Development Team via auction@stthomasschool.org.

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