Annual Auction for Financial Aid

FAQs - Before You Bid

Frequently Asked Questions

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:
  • 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.
Who should I contact if I want to help? 
Contact Kate Maskarinec, Assistant Director of Development (202-362-8882 x638).


Caped Crusaders

Kate Maskarinec
Assistant Director of Development, Special Events
202-362-8882 x 638

Jennifer Rawlings
Director of Development
202-362-8882 x 636

Gyra Chan
Assistant Director of Development, Annual Fund
202-362-8882 x 637

Susan K. Jones
Assistant Director of Development, Advancement Services
202-362-8882 x 639


Between now and April 21 we rely on parent volunteers to help with a bunch of things, big and small:
Picking up items
If you’re looking for quick work you can do independently, this is the job for you!
Writing item descriptions
A great job to do at home in your sweats. We're looking for writers who can capture the allure of each of our items.

Soliciting item donations
If you like the thrill of closing the deal, this is for you! Ask one of the businesses we work with, or your favorite restaurant, salon or gym for an item donation in support of financial aid.
Item processing
Join our fun volunteers on Wednesday afternoons for data processing. Perfect if you have time during the day and spreadsheets are your thing.
Interested? Please contact Kate at

Item Donations

We can't have an auction without donations!

Favorite items are offers of home cooked meals, bottles of wine, restaurant gift cards, and special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities (box seats to a show, celebrity meet and greets, etc.).
• For more ideas, check out our item wishlist.
• We’ve also created an Amazon Wishlist for easy shopping!
• Fill out our easy item donation form - all we need now is the form - the item itself can come later. Wouldn't it be amazing if every Burke family donated something?
The donation deadline has been extended to March 16.

Become A Sponsor

Thanks to all of our super Auction sponsors. The deadline has passed to become a sponsor, but we hope you'll attend on Saturday and raise your paddle for Burke scholars.

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