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 at The Westin Bellevue. An online auction will be held prior to the live auction. 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 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

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

Our 2020 Sponsors

Gold Sponsor - $5,000

 

Silver Sponsor - $2,500 

 

Bronze Sponsor - $1,000

 

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 early March. 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 beginning in the latter part of January.  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?

Country Club Cocktail and Caddyshack Chic attires are suggested.

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. 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, a spot on the exclusive 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 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 2018-19 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/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?

Yes. We will publish a special discount code for you to use when making your reservation closer to the date of the event.

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

Please contact auction@stthomasschool.org.