Going once, going twice—sold!
The Annual Auction is Prairie Creek's fundraising gala, held each spring. Parents, teachers, alumni, and friends of Prairie Creek gather to socialize and raise money for our school by purchasing special services and hand-crafted items that have been donated by our families and community businesses. There is always something for everyone, and for every pocketbook.
The auction team is led by a parent chairperson who takes on the job of organizing the various committees—decorating, data entry, communications, donations—needed to make this benefit a success. There is a fun job for all! Volunteering for the auction is a great way for new parents to meet other families in our community, and for long-time parents to connect again.
Our Annual Auction raises more than $25,000 each year for Prairie Creek to use toward its annual fundraising goals. Each year our school board and our director give the auction team a monetary goal, and it’s always a creative challenge to reach it. The money we’re able to raise together is often spent on classroom resources for our teachers and students, as well as crucial aspects of Prairie Creek’s expansive curriculum such as artist residencies, wide-ranging field trips, physical education equipment, and environmental studies.
The auction is held at various locations around Northfield. In years past we’ve hosted at the Grand Theater, the Northfield Golf Club, and in Carleton College’s Great Hall. The decorating team is always able to make any venue a cozy and beautiful experience for all of us. We often use our children’s art projects to highlight the auction setting.
Some favorite items to bid on at the auction are services donated by our staff and families:
-Sleepover for your student and friends with teachers right at school
-Themed dinner party—Russian, Italian, you name it—at your home
-Outdoor movie night—Rin Tin Tin!—at a Prairie Creek family’s house
Perhaps you have a skill that you can share! Maybe you:
-Work as a master gardener, and could offer design consultation for a new garden
-Brew fabulous artisan beer, and could offer lessons for an aspiring brewer
-Have great babysitting skills, and could offer an evening of child care
-Shine at cooking, and could chip in a soup-of-the month delivery service
-Have special skills in painting, construction, art, massage, knitting...
Families also like to donate creative items for the silent auction part of our evening, including hand-made jewelry, baked goods, new toys, hand-sewn blankets, and an array of themed baskets (a spa kit, a day-at-the-beach array, sports-related supplies)
The Prairie Creek community loves it all, and sharing your skills and passions is yet another way to give joyfully and generously to your child’s school.
We invite all of the Prairie Creek community, near and far, to save the date for our next Annual Auction, to purchase tickets, donate services and goods, and to kick up your heels for a spirited evening of conviviality and wild bidding.