Chabot Auction Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked auction questions and answers. You can use the links below to jump directly to any question.

Please feel free to contact 2017 Chabot Auction Co-Chairs Sharie Mendrey and Kristin Aldrich at auction@chabotelementary.org with any questions you have that are not answered here.

What is the Chabot Auction all about?
What’s the difference between the Online, Silent and Live auctions?
How can I help?
What types of donations are helpful?
What exactly does it mean to “host a party”?
Just for Kindergarten families…
If I have more questions, who can I ask?

What is the Chabot Auction all about?
The Chabot Auction is a schoolwide event that raises money to support our enrichment programs: science, art, library, technology, music, and many other programs such as our small group specialists, i-Ready, Saturday school, and more. The Chabot PTA will raise over $450K in funds this year and the auction is the second largest fundraiser contributing to this budget.

The Chabot Auction comprises an Online auction and a Gala where there is a Live auction, and “Raise your Paddle.” The Gala will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, starting at 5:30pm at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension. Please mark your calendars and join us!

What’s the difference between the Online, Silent and Live auctions?
The Online Auction runs for 7 days before the Chabot Gala. Everyone can participate. The Online Auction will feature donations from teachers and staff (usually outings with kids — very popular!), gift certificates from local restaurants and retailers, sessions for classes and summer camps, museum, symphony, and theater tickets, and professional services from architects, photographers, dentists, etc. This is a great opportunity for extended family, friends, and neighbors to get in on the bidding action! The more family and friends who bid on items the more money the school can raise. So please recruit anyone who might be interested. Tell your friends, post on Facebook. The more people participating, the better. Remember that this is a fundraiser and all of the money goes to Chabot. Bid High!

Then on March 17, we will have a Gala Event with dinner and drinks and time to socialize and dance. The Live Auction, Party sign ups and Raise Your Paddle all happen at the Gala Event. The always exciting Live Auction takes place during dinner. This is where you can bid on coveted “big ticket” auction items such as a week in Tahoe and a catered dinner by the chef/owner of Bakesale Betty (Chabot parent Alison Barakat). Also during the Live Auction, attendees will have a chance to “Raise their paddle” to donate money to the school in fixed amounts. This is a chance for people at the Gala to donate money without buying a specific item. It’s another way for us to raise the money we need to keep all of our enrichment programs going.

How can I help?
1. Donate items to the auction
2. Host a party
3. Buy things during the Online Auction
4. Attend the Gala and bid on Live Auction items or Raise your Paddle
5. Volunteer

What types of donations are helpful?
The most popular items are tickets to sporting events, time in a vacation home, and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. Interesting experiences that are not otherwise readily available are also a great option. Do you know someone who has a fancy sports car or a personal airplane that a child could ride in? Are you a professional chef who could deliver a meal to a family once a month? Do you know a pilot who could take someone on a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport?

Anything that you think a Chabot parent or child might be interested in buying is a great donation. Get creative..and if you need some ideas to get you started check out our donation brainstorming page.

We’ve also received generous donations from grandparents, relatives, and neighbors – so ask someone you know who isn’t a Chabot parent to see if they might be willing to make a donation. If your employer is willing to make a donation of goods or services, we would love that too!

Have something to donate to the auction? We need all donations by Friday, February 16. Use our convenient online donation form or drop off your donation in the donation box located in the office (please no donations of wine to this box — alcohol is prohibited on campus). If you have questions contact your classroom auction coordinator or our Parent Donation lead Michelle Wong.

What exactly does it mean to “host a party”?
Parent-hosted parties are a huge aspect of the Chabot Auction — as mini fundraising events and community builders — and raise a significant portion of auction revenue. Parties for parents can range from themed dinner parties, wine tasting, sports outings, and fitness and art classes.. Kids’ parties offer kids an opportunity to learn a new craft or skill, take a guided hike, or enjoy an afternoon tea party hosted by someone else’s parents. Parties bring together Chabot community members of all ages who share common interests or just want to relax and have some fun. Many parties are hosted by multiple families, who split the cost and share the planning duties. Interested in hosting a party? Email Jennifer Daskal and Jennie Hearing at parties@chabotelemenary.org for more information, to kick around ideas, or to sign up!

Just for Kindergarten families…
It is also a Kindergarten tradition to have a Kindergarten cocktail party in the spring … past years include a backyard biergarten with pretzels, beer and bratwurst, a fiesta with taco truck, and a potluck held at Musically Minded. It is great opportunity for Kindergarten parents to connect and make new friends and celebrate the end of your child’s first year at Chabot! Every year we need to recruit a new group of Kindergarten parents to join forces to host this party. If you are interested in co-hosting the 2018 Kindergarten Cocktail Party, email Jennifer and Jennie at parties@chabotelemenary.org.

If I have more questions, who can I ask?
Business / Restaurant Donations: Amy Hayes
Parent and Family Member Donations: Michelle Wong
Live Auction Donations: Michelle Blakely
Parties: Jennifer Daskal and Jennie Hearing
Sponsorships: Hima Chintalapati and Heta Dave
General questions: Sharie Mendrey and Kristin Aldrich