Dear P.S./I.S. 217 Families,
Silent Auction and Art Show 2013, our most important fundraiser of the year, is fast approaching. It will be held at the school cafeteria on Saturday, April 27th. All funds generated by the Silent Auction pay for the Art Program for our children. The Department of Education DOES NOT cover “Studio in the School” Art program, and the PTA will not be able to sponsor this program unless we raise enough money to cover its cost. Last year we had 200 donations and made over $7,500. We need your help now!
The PTA asks each family to contribute one item to make this fundraiser a success. Please find attached two forms to assist you in soliciting items from local businesses, individuals or organizations. The school's 501(c)(3) status allows donors to deduct the full value of their donation to the extent allowed by law. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated and will be prominently acknowledged! The deadline for all donations is April 15th.
If you need help generating ideas or would like to go over fundraising options please don't hesitate to contact us. Some ideas to get you thinking:
- ask the places you frequent if they would make a donation (grocery stores/bakeries, restaurants, nail salons, zoos, museums, movie theaters, dance studios, etc.);
- carry donation forms with you to ask when you visit a new place;
- if you are creative or have a special talent - make a necklace, blanket, basket, cakes/cookies, or offer a service of your own (donate a lesson on photography, cooking lessons, jewelry making, etc.).
Small donations are just as helpful as "big" ones. Here are some examples from previous years: memberships at museums, pool memberships, gift subscriptions, vacations, free travel, tickets to sporting or theatrical events, tours, birthday party entertainment, retail store gift certificates, restaurant gift certificates, babysitting services, free classes, chocolates, electronics, wine, gift baskets, jewelry items, leather goods. Many local businesses and restaurants support our fundraiser. If you would like a more comprehensive list of current donations, please contact us and we can give you more ideas. We appreciate your help and know that every family will do all they can!
We will hold a 50/50 raffle at the event, and ask each family to sell a book of 10 tickets for $2 a ticket. At the end of the Art Show and Silent Auction, the person who holds a winning ticket will get 50% of the money collected from the raffle tickets sales, and the remaining 50% will go to the Art Program.
There are many ways you can contribute to making the Silent Auction a success:
Silent Auction and Art Show Planning Committee.