For new Burke families and those who haven’t been able to make it in the past, here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the night of the auction and the events and opportunities leading up to it.How does the auction work?
There are two parts: the Online Auction, from April 4-16
, and the Silent & Live Auction at school on Saturday, April 21.
The online auction is like eBay, you bid from your own device and get an email if you've been outbid and/or you win an item. At the Silent & Live Auction, you’ll have an opportunity to place bids on hundreds of items and to participate in a Live Auction with paddles for bigger-ticket items. You also can donate directly to the Support-a-Scholar program during the Live Auction.Why do we hold the auction?
Tuition and the Annual Fund cover much of the cost of educating our students, but not all of it. The auction raises additional money for Financial Aid. Last year, Burke was able to help 30% of our families with tuition, allowing us to maintain the economic diversity that makes Burke a special place for all our kids. The auction plays a big role in making this possible.Is it fun?
Yes! The auction is an opportunity to mingle and dine with other parents and Burke teachers and staff and generally immerse yourself in the wonderfulness that is Burke. It’s always a really great party!Will there be food at the auction?
Of course! Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a delicious sit-down dinner.Should I get dressed up?
Why not?! You can always wear regular cocktail party attire – or, think about breaking out your best superhero get-up. Last year, in keeping with our '80s theme, we had leg warmers, padded shoulders, and track suits. This year think capes, masks, and supersuits.Where will it be?
In the 2nd floor Commons, the Atrium and the Gym, all of which will be transformed by the creative efforts of our talented decorating committee.Who can come?
All Burke parents, teachers and staff are invited and we welcome friends, extended families, Burke alums and sidekicks.How much does it cost?
Tickets are $85 per person if you buy them before Friday, March 23
. After that, they’re $115 per person. Remember – for that price, you get drinks, dinner and a great night out!What if I can’t afford $85 a ticket?
We want everyone to come to the auction! If the tickets are beyond your price range, contact Jennifer Rawlings, Director of Development at 202-362-8882 x636 and we’ll get you tickets at a reduced rate or for free. Please don’t let the ticket price get in the way of coming to the auction.What if I can’t make it?
If you can’t attend, we hope you’ll still consider donating to our worthy cause. You can provide an item or choose to directly support financial aid by submitting a donation online or on your invitation reply card.How can I help?
Here are just a few ways:
Who should I contact if I want to help?
- Save the date: April 21. Invitations will arrive in March.
- Donate an auction item: Just download a item donation form or complete the form online.
- Participate in the Online Auction: This will take place from April 4-16 – and it is a great way for friends, family, social networks and out-of-towners to help support Burke’s financial aid program.
- Volunteer: There are many jobs, big and small – from soliciting and data entry to decorating and clean up – and we need help! Burke is better when we’re all involved.
Contact Kate Maskarinec
, Assistant Director of Development (202-362-8882 x638).