Auction

Each spring, the St. Thomas School community gathers together to celebrate and raise money to support all that the school has to offer. Our 2020 fundraising event, the St. Thomas School Classic, will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020, 6:00 p.m. at The Westin Bellevue. An Online Auction will be held March 5-9. In addition to raising money for current programs through our Online and Live Auctions, a Raise-the-Paddle will raise funds for initiatives outlined in the school’s current Strategic Plan.

Procurement

Do you have a unique quality item you would like to donate? Sports tickets, one-of-a-kind experiences you can’t normally buy, and fitness and beauty packages are great items. Have questions about donating? Contact auction@stthomasschool.org.

Procurement Form 2020 (Word)

Procurement Form 2020 (PDF)

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 funds 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

Learn more about Auction Sponsorship in our 2020 Auction Sponsorship Packet. You can become a sponsor through our online giving page, or by contacting the Development Office at development@stthomasschool.org or 425-454-5880.

Our 2020 Sponsors

Gold Sponsor - $5,000

Max Rombakh, Windermere Real Estate

Silver Sponsor - $2,500 

Vishal & Milen Gala

Bronze Sponsor - $1,000

Bristlecone Advisors, LLC

Supporter - Up to $1,000

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the STS Auction?

March is Auction Month at St. Thomas School! The Live Auction, which also includes a Raise-the-Paddle, will be held at The Westin Bellevue on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  An Online Auction is scheduled for March 5-9. Funds raised through the Online and Live Auction support our operating budget. The Raise-the-Paddle supports a specific initiative of the school. 

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. 

How do I buy my tickets?

Tickets will be available through our auction website in the latter part of January and are priced at $175 per person. When you buy your event tickets you will be able to note with whom you would like to be seated. 

What should I wear to the event?

Attire for the event is "Country Club Cocktail" and "Caddyshack Chic." 

What time does the event start?

The event begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. On arrival, please take the escalator to the registration desk on the 2nd floor.  Coat check will be nearby. From there, you will proceed up the escalator to the 3rd floor ballroom.

What types of items will be offered in the Online Auction?

Many quality items and one-of-a-kind experiences will be available for bidding in our Online Auction scheduled for March 5, 9:00 a.m. to March 9, 9:00 p.m. You’ll find sports tickets, fun experiences, and buy-in parties. This is where you will be able to bid on Teacher Experiences for your child. Past Teacher Experiences have included First Grade Mayor for the Day, Movie and Pizza Party, Cooking and Crafting, and Minecraft Party.

What types of items will be offered in the Live Auction?

The Live Auction will feature bigger ticket items. Past items have included VIP parking for STS events, a "Sweet Seahawks Suite" package, Head of School for the Day, and a spot on the exclusive Leonetti wine list. Hard copies of the auction catalog will be sent home with the eldest student in your family in the week prior to the event so you can preview the Live Auction items. An electronic version of the program will be available on this webpage.  

How can I help?

We need quality items in our Auction for people to bid on. Work your connections to procure these items or consider what you might have to offer that you can donate. Do you have tickets for local sports teams? A vacation home you are willing to share? Access to unique experiences? Please contact auction@stthomasschool.org if you have a item you would like to donate.

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 the School 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 2019-20 Annual Report. Various sponsorship levels are available: Gold ($5,000); Silver ($2,500); Bronze ($1,000); Supporter (Up to $1,000). Please email auction@stthomasschool.org with any questions you may have.  

What is collaborative bidding?

Some items in the Live Auction are intended to be split among 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 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 the 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 are Sponsor-a-Teacher Tickets?

Faculty and Staff and their 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 purchase these tickets when regular ticket sales open in the latter part of January.

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

Portraits taken by Jennifer Winter in January will be available for purchase through the auction website. Your child's portrait will be available from the STS Front Desk after the Auction. And, for the first time this year, your purchase includes access to a digital copy of the portrait, which will be emailed to you after the Auction! One print portrait is available per child. 

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

The Westin – Bellevue has set aside a block of rooms offering a special rate of $142 for Auction attendees the night of Saturday, March 14, 2020. The cut-off date for the discounted rate is February 22. All reservations must be made prior to this date to secure the availability and group rate of the rooms being held. After this date, any rooms in the block that are not secured, will be released and are subject to availability.

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

Please contact auction@stthomasschool.org.