The PS 234 Spring Auction typically supports 40% of the PTA’s yearly operating budget. On average over the past 5 years, we’ve raised approximately $240,000 each year. We recognize that is a lot of money, and we are proud of the work we do on this event to raise money that funds the PTA.
We believe that as a public school, our event should be held at our facility. We transform the school into an event space and provide food, drinks and fun. This adults-only evening is always fun for parents with amazing results for our students. We are also committed to keeping ticket prices reasonable so that everyone who wants to attend is welcome to join the fun.
With the help of a donation solicitations team, we acquire almost 600 auction items. The bulk of these items are displayed and bid on during the silent auction and some amazing items are auctioned off during the live auction. In the past, the live auction as featured trips to the Galapagos Islands, France and Italy; tickets to sold-out shows; family portraits from world famous photographers; and behind the scenes visits to the Tonight Showand Ray Donovan. We rely on the hard work of our solicitations team and the incredible generosity of this community to raise money at Spring Auction.
In the end, the Spring Auction is a beautiful event not only because you can’t believe it’s the same cafeteria the kids eat in. It is a beautiful event because so many peoples’ work, time and generosity comes together to provide the best school experience we can for all of our kids.
As an additional highlight at Spring Auction, we Raise the Paddle each year to raise money for a specific project. In 2018, we were able to give every teacher $1,000 to update and refresh their classroom libraries. In 2019, we raised money for a program called “Meet the Writers.” Through “Meet the Writers” in the 2019-20 school year, every child at PS 234 will meet and hear from a published author about their inspiration and writing process. Each child will also receive an autographed book to take home and share with their families. We hope this program inspires our students to see themselves as writers and members of a writing community.