On Saturday, March 24, Nueva families, trustees, leadership, faculty, and staff gathered at the Annual Benefit Auction to raise funds for student financial aid. The evening's festivities, themed “Beyond the Yellow Brick Road,” celebrated an important Nueva tradition of coming together as a community to support meaningful fundraising for the school.
Back to the 80s! The 2019 Annual Benefit Auction
Mark your calendars for
Saturday, April 6 at the Hillsborough Campus
The Annual Benefit Auction begins with a ticketed Cocktail Reception, and includes the silent auction, student entertainment, cocktails, and fun games and prizes! The Live Auction Dinner will follow immediately afterwards, co-emceed by our very own Nueva parents, Kristen Sze and Steve Vassallo.
We are now accepting auction donations!
There are so many ways to donate! See the list below for inspiration and ideas. The donation deadline is February 16, 2019.
|Something you do||Something you have||Something you love|
|Host a party||Frequent flyer miles||Restaurants|
|Offer language lessons||Vacation homes||Hotels/Travel|
|Interior design services||Access to your golf club||Wine|
|Bake cookies||Use of your home for a party||
|Teach bridge, tennis, or yoga||Tickets to sporting events||Clothing/Accessories|
|Host a cooking lesson||Private boxes for theater, sports, etc.||Beauty Products/Services|
|Build a tree house or a playhouse||A fabulous bottle of wine||Ski/Snowboard Lessons|
- What is the Community Cocktail Reception?
- What is the Online Auction?
- What is the Silent Auction?
- What is the Live Auction Dinner?
- What is the "Online Premier" auction category?
- What is a "Count Me In"?
- What is the suggested attire?
- Can I bid even if I cannot attend?
The Online Auction gives the Nueva community a chance to bid on hundreds of items over a two-week period. It includes everything from $20 gift cards to very high-end experiences. Every year, when the site goes live, the community logs in to try and scoop up highly coveted events. It also gives you a chance to sit down with your kids and have them browse community events just for their age group! For 2019, the Online Auction will launch on March 25 at 6:00 pm. It will end April 4 at 9:00 pm.
The Silent Auction takes place during the Community Cocktail Party. Tickets will be available for $25.00 per person. There will be a variety of items that will not be available elsewhere, from wine to community events. Bid high and bid often. Keep an eye out as you'll likely get outbid, and will need to increase your bid to stay on top. At the end of the night, the highest listed bidder wins the item. For 2019, it starts at 5:00 pm and closes at 6:30.
This portion of the program immediately follows the Community Cocktail Party. Tickets will be available for $175 per person. This event includes a 3-course dinner with wine, and dancing to follow. There will be special auction items ranging from community dinners and parties to class gifts. The Live Auction Dinner will take place from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
Count Me Ins are group experiences or parties where multiple people can buy in. For example, one Count Me In might have space for ten people. Individual bidders can bid on anywhere from one to all ten slots.
Because Count Me Ins are designed and hosted by members of the Nueva community, they generate meaningful opportunities for parents, students, and teachers to mingle. They are highly popular and don't have to be elaborate or expensive to host.
- A community service activity and pizza party for second graders
- A cocktails and cooking class for 8 adults
- A hike + picnic for 3 families
Yes! Arrange for a personal shopper to bid on your behalf at the lowest possible price (up to your maximum bid). You can reach out to the advancement team for a Phantom/Absentee Bidder Form to fill out and return by noon on Friday, April 5, 2019. The Advancement Office will contact you after the auction to inform you if you were a successful bidder, and to arrange for payment and pick-up.
Why should you support the auction?
Today at Nueva, 20% of students receive financial assistance. This means we are able to accept children who are the best fit for Nueva but may not have the resources to attend. The resulting socioeconomic diversity broadens every student's experience; every student benefits from your generosity.
Perhaps when you hear the word “auction" you think of a hushed room full of serious people holding paddles, bidding on mysterious artifacts. In true Nueva fashion, it should come to no surprise that the Annual Benefit Auction has transformed that model into an fun, inclusive, and community-driven fundraising event.
On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Nueva’s Annual Benefit Auction will return to Hillsborough for an evening of fun, fundraising, and community-building. This year the theme is “Beyond the Yellow Brick Road,” and volunteers are creating a beautiful, celebratory event.
During the last week of September, a team of eight faculty and administrators, representing all three Nueva divisions, traveled to Portland, Oregon for a three-day workshop focused on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.
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