Whether it’s your first auction or not, there are some exciting new changes this year as the auction goes digital. Visit our online auction site at:
Here’s what you can expect at this year’s auction, a fun evening that helps raise money for all of the students of Madeira City Schools!
Attending the MSF Auction
When and where is the auction?
The 2014 Madeira Schools Foundation Auction is Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the St. Gertrude Parish Center. The doors will open and the silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner, the live auction and raffles. The evening will end at 11:45 p.m. This year, you can also bid for items from the comfort of your own home! Starting March 1st, all online auction items will be open for bidding until 10pm on March 15th.
How do I get tickets?
Purchase tickets online at our auction site,
Tickets are $50 per person and include a catered Cajun buffet dinner and Graeter’s ice cream dessert, beer, wine and an expanded cash bar. Your name will be held at the door for check-in.
Who will I sit with?
You can be assigned a seat and meet some new friends, or organize your own table. If you’d like to be seated with someone specific, simply put their names in the box provided on the registration page.
What should I wear?
Whatever you like. You can dress up, be casual or roll out your Mardi Gras finest!
Supporting the MSF Auction
What does the auction fund?
The Madeira Schools Foundation auction is a major contributing factor to much of the new technology and improvements you see in our schools. In 2012, MSF monies purchased the following items: laptop replacements district-wide; document cameras and smart pens for the high school math department; printer, screen, projector and camera for the high school food classroom; projector equipment for the middle school cafeteria; and smart board for the elementary school.
How much does the auction raise for the children of Madeira Schools?
The 2013 auction raised roughly $75,000, and the event has netted more than $380,000 in just the last five years combined.
How can I support the MSF Auction?
First and foremost, if possible, attend the auction on March 15th. The auction is a casual, adult evening that’s great for meeting new people and catching up with old friends.
What if I cannot attend the auction, are there other ways to help?
Yes! Even if you cannot attend the auction, you can still donate an item, service or cash. You can also purchase raffle tickets and bid on items online at our auction website.
What do you suggest I donate?
Anything you might like to purchase at the auction is a great place to start. How about airline or hotel points, sporting event or other local event tickets? Or do you have a special skill, talent or profession that others might be interested in? From tax preparation to music lessons, there will be a buyer for almost any service!
The auction will feature several sign-up parties hosted by families or group of friends that auction attendees can sign up for to attend. Past parties have included the Family Campout at McDonald Commons, a Derby Party, an Eighties Prom and a Poker Party. They’re all great evenings of meeting new people and visiting with friends. If you have an idea for or are interested in hosting a sign-up party, please contact Troy Bartson at 917-8957.
How does bidding work?
At this year’s auction you will bid on items with your mobile device – smartphone, iPad or tablet. Instructions will be provided as you arrive. Not a techie? Don’t worry! There will be several clearly identifiable MSF volunteers (Blue Shirts) throughout the room with their own devices should you need help with bidding.
If I cannot attend the auction, can I still bid on items?
Yes! You can bid for an item while you attend or from the comfort of your home. The only items that will be bid on in person (live the night of the auction) are found in the Oral Auction category on the website. All you need to do to start bidding on items is register at our auction website. Starting March 1st, all online auction items will be open for bidding until 10pm on March 15th. You will receive an email when you have been outbid, as well as a notice when the auction is over at 10pm if you are declared the winner. Online bidding can be found at:
What will the raffles be? *
Reverse Raffle: Cash prize of $7,500 with six early drawings offering chance to win $250 each.
Ultimate Apple Package: MacBook Pro 13.3 Laptop, iPad Air 64GB Wi-Fi, and iPod touch 32GB
Ultimate Cookout Package: Weber Summit S-420 Gas Grill, accessories and two sirloin steaks per month for a year
The Mustang Market: Includes a rack of wine (value: $400+), barrel of liquor (value: $800+), Vera Bradley items (value: $350), iPad mini Retina 16GB (value: $400).
Heads-Tails Split the Pot Necklaces: Attendees can purchase up to four sets of necklaces for four different contests, with winners going to a final championship round. Each winner will win $250 plus a chance at the grand prize (1/2 the pot minus $1000).
Chinese Auction: Purchase tickets and if your number is called, you can take your choice from the fabulous items on the Chinese Auction table in the front lobby.
*Note: You do not need to be in attendance for the Cookout, Apple and Reverse raffles, but do need to be present for Heads/Tails, Mustang Market, and Chinese Auction.