Dear MPCSD Parents,
During these rapidly changing and challenging times for our families and community, MPAEF volunteer Board of Directors and staff would like to acknowledge and thank our many supporters for your generosity. We have been overwhelmed with your support of our auction event - whether it was through donating the price of your ticket when we had to cancel the party, donating an item for the auction, hosting a party, supporting this year’s fund-a-need or bidding for an item online. All of these small actions are meaningful to our team and will help ensure that the Foundation is able to meet its fundraising goals for this school year. From the bottom of our hearts - thank you!
Katie Rottier & Sarah Thayer, MPAEF Co-Presidents
Alison Poirier, Maria Lehmkuhl & Laura Low Ah Kee, MPAEF Auction Co-Chairs
Didn't Get a Chance to Purchase That Party Ticket?
We have heard from a few parents that would still like to support this year’s auction. Although the online auction officially closed Monday night, our team is already discussing future opportunities regarding items that did not "sell" during the auction (examples: party tickets, wine, etc.) Once we have more clarity regarding the current health situation and its effect on our schools and community, we will begin to work to formalize a plan, which we will communicate out to the entire parent community. Stay tuned for more information!
Auction Item Pick-Up:
We appreciate your patience and support during this unusual time for our community. Please review the information below to learn how you can expect to receive the items you have won via our online auction.
Adult, Kid & Teacher-Hosted Parties:
If you are a successful winner of a ticket for an adult, kid or teacher-hosted party, please refer to the information included in the winning bidder email which includes the host contact information and date/time of the event. If you have specific questions regarding the event/party you have purchased a ticket to, please contact the party host directly. In the event that a party host must cancel a party due to an unforeseeable event (e.g., moving out of state, continued community health recommendations, etc.), guests who purchased tickets will be given the choice of turning their ticket purchase into a donation to MPAEF or getting a refund. Party hosts and guests will work with the MPAEF office as this need arises to confirm and execute next steps.
Physical items (wine, gift certificates, jewelry, sporting goods, etc.):
If you are the successful winner of a physical item via the auction, we will schedule pick-up time slots for winning bidders to pick up their items once the Shelter in Place restrictions are lifted (currently after April 7). All physical auction items are securely stored in the MPAEF offices. At the time of the auction closing (March 16, 2020), we have not yet scheduled these times due to the quickly changing recommendations coming from our County Health Offices and MPCSD Leadership regarding Covid-19. We will communicate out to all winning bidders once the pick-up times have been scheduled and will work to accommodate schedules to ensure all items can be pick-up in a reasonable time frame. If there is an urgency for a winning bidder to pick-up their physical auction item, please contact MPAEF Executive Director, Carrie Chen (email@example.com), who will work with you to determine how to best fulfill your request while keeping our staff and community safe and healthy.
Items to be redeemed via an electronic certificate:
If you are the successful winner of an item that is redeemed via an electronic ticket, this is noted at the bottom of the winning bidder email you received from Bidding for Good. MPAEF staff will be emailing these items out to the winning bidders by the end of March 2020. If you have questions regarding an item that is to be redeemed via an electronic certificate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Auction Item Pick-Up Notes:
MPAEF will hold any unclaimed auction items until May 20, 2020 - unless further restrictions are announced that may change this date. After this date, unclaimed items may be re-auctioned to the next highest bidder. For any other questions re: your auction item pick-up/fulfillment, please feel free to contact Carrie Chen, MPAEF Executive Director, at email@example.com.
Hoping to Donate to This Year's Fund-A-Need? You Still Can!
Our community’s generosity has raised $9,670+ so far for this year’s fund-a-need. Even though the online auction is closed, you can still make a donation to support this year’s Fund-A-Need: Visual & Performing Arts programs!
CLICK HERE for more information and to make a donation to Fund-A-Need today.
Want to donate to Fund-A-Need via check or Donor Advised Fund (DAF)? Yes, please! This helps the Foundation, as we won’t have to pay credit card fees. If you are interested in donating via check or DAF, please contact the MPAEF offices at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plus - special drawings for any Fund-a-Need donations at these levels by April 15, 2020:
- All $5,000 donors will be entered to win a $250 gift certificate to Sundance, The SteakHouse
- All $1,000 fund-a-need donors will be entered to win a $200 gift certificate to Zola Palo Alto
- All $100 fund-a-need donors will be entered to win a 25-class pack to Barry’s.
Winners will be drawn after April 15 and will be announced in a future MPAEF newsletter.
Thank You to our Generous Auction Sponsors
These families and businesses provided cash donations or donation of a product . Their generosity helps keep our event costs to a minimum - ensuring the maximum amount of our fundraising is granted to MPCSD. Thank you to this year's auction sponsors:
- Wine Access
- Christine & Shane Goudey
- Hermitage Brewing Company
- The Hebert Family
- Blackstone Discovery
- Menlo Park Fine Wine & Spirits
- Tito's Handmade Vodka
- The Bicer Family
- John & Jessica Gilmartin
- The Lehmkuhl Family
- The Low Ah Kee Family
- The Vogel Family
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Click here for the MPAEF Auction 2020 Rules & Guidelines. It includes all the details you need to know to place a bid, tax receipts, auction items sales terms, and much more! Please take a moment to review this information prior to the Online Auction and bid carefully.
Click here to go to the IRS website to read Rules on Tax Deduction of Charitable Auctions. In a nutshell, if you pay more than the fair market value of an item, the difference may be tax deductible. Few of our auction items end up being eligible for tax deduction.