Each spring, the St. Thomas School community gathers together to celebrate and raise money to support all that the school has to offer. The year’s fundraising event will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 at The Westin Bellevue. An Online Auction will be held March 5-11. 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.

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.

Sponsors

Gold Sponsor - $5,000

Elias & Karyl Alvord
Assurance IQ
Bill & Shelby Hambidge
The Hughes Family
Glyn & Jim Nordstrom
Team Foster at Compass

Silver Sponsor - $2,500 

Ziv Haparnas & Xiaoying Wang
Tyler & Olesya Hay
Tom & Kate Peters
Betty Tong

Bronze Sponsor - $1,000

JP Landscape Service, Inc.

Supporter - Up to $1,000

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Studio 54?

Studio 54 is the theme of St. Thomas School’s Auction fundraiser, which will be held at The Westin Bellevue on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.  The celebration will include a Live Auction and Raise-the-Paddle and Online Auction March 5-11. 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 the latter part of January and are priced at $175 each.  When you buy your event tickets you will be able to note who you would like seated with you.

What should I wear to the event?

Nightclub attire; circa 1979 if you wish.

“Fashion is made by fashionable people.” -- Halston

What time does the event start?

The event begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. On arrival, please check in at the registration desk.  Coat check will be nearby. 

What type 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 5-11. 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 1st Grade Mayor for the Day, Movie and Pizza Party, Cooking and Crafting, Minecraft Party.

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

Live Auction will feature bigger ticket items such as VIP parking for STS events, a sweet Seahawks suite package, Head of School for the Day, a spot on the Leonetti wine list, and the Field Family Fun Buy-In Party. 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 the school’s website at  www.stthomasschool.org/auction.  

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 complete a procurement form and submit to auction@stthomasschool.org.

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 2018-19 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 auction@stthomasschool.org with any questions you may have.  

What is collaborative bidding?

Some 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 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 are Sponsor-a-Teacher Tickets?

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 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?

Photographs taken by Jennifer Winter in January 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 Westin the night of the Auction?

Yes. To make your reservation at the special rate, go to www.marriot.com and enter the hotel name and the date you are staying. Under the Special Rates dropdown, choose Corporate/Promo and enter code 343622. Click Find Hotels, View Rates and the discounted rate will appear.

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

For event related questions, please contact Lexie Rowell, Auction Chair. For procurement related questions, please contact Sarah Oeltjen.