Q: What is the 2020 Auction?
A: The 2020 Auction is an event organized by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to raise money for the students of University Park Elementary School. The money we raise will go directly to paying the salaries of 2.5 classroom teachers to help maintain our low classroom sizes. It typically consists of a week-long online auction followed by a gala event with a silent auction, a live auction, games, and a paddle raiser. Our goal is to raise $77,000 this year.
Current events have forced us to cancel our in-person gala, but we are replacing it with a live-streaming finale event that will be emceed by 93.3 radio DJ, and UPark parent, Steve Burrell.
The auction schedule is now as follows:
- Online Auction: opens April 24th at 9 am – closes April 30th
- Live-Streaming Auction Finale Via Zoom – Thursday, April 30th at 7pm
Q: Why don’t you just reschedule the Auction to the fall, rather than moving it all online?
A: The PTA’s fundraising dollars are used to pay for 2.5 additional teacher salaries each year, allowing UPark to maintain the small class sizes that are so important to our students’ success! The PTA relies on just two major fundraisers each year (the other being the fall Apple Campaign). Since the Apple Campaign and the Auction are both vital to the PTA’s ability to raise the needed funds, and since it’s not realistic to make both fundraising asks of our community at the same time in the fall, we have decided to move forward with a modified version of the Auction this spring. As they say in show business, the Auction must go on.
We have given this decision a great deal of consideration, and we will be following a model that a number of other schools have been successful with in recent weeks. Additionally, we are working with an experienced tech team to make it happen.
Q: When is the 2020 Online Auction?
A: The online auction will begin on Friday, April 24, 2020 and will end on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Online bidding will take place at upark.ptapal.com.
Q: How do I set up a PTA Pal account?
A: To set up a PTA Pal account, please go to upark.ptapal.com. A credit card will be needed to set up your account, but it will only be charged if win an item and donate during paddle raise. All notifications, including confirmations and receipts, will be sent to the email address provided. Each account will be assigned a bid number to bid on items.
Q: What items will be included in the online auction?
A: This year’s online auction offers $60K+ worth of items, spread across 28 categories. Online bidding opens on Friday, April 24th at 9AM and staggered closing will begin on Thursday, April 30th. Included below are a few highlights you’ll find in the online auction:
- Gift cards to all your favorite restaurants!
- Candle making workshop for two at Rosy Rings
- Cooking class and lunch for two at Panzano
- Colorado Rockies – Four Lower Level Tickets + VIP Tour for Four (date TBD)
- One week at Curious Jane summer camp
Q: Why should I join the live-streaming Auction Finale event via Zoom?
A: In addition to seeing the smiling faces of so many members of the UPark community, the live-streaming event promises to be lots of fun! We’ll all sip on a signature cocktail stirred up by Salta Events (available for purchase through Pearl Wine details coming soon) and feast on a family-style dinner (available for purchase and delivery through Cuba Cuba!) from the comfort of our own homes, while we bid on live auction items and raise our virtual paddles to support our school and raise money for our children and their wonderful teachers!
Live ZOOM Auction Preview:
- New Belgium Cruiser Bicycle
- 2020-2021 UPark Parking Spot
- One Year of Date Nights (12 – $100 gift cards to Denver’s best restaurants, babysitting, chocolate, and more!)
- 3 Nights in Keystone (4 bed, 4.5 bath, sleeps 12)
Q: Are tickets required for the ZOOM event?
A: No. Tickets are NOT required to attend the ZOOM event but keep in mind we were unable to sell auction tickets this year at $60 each. We will have paddle raiser during the live-streaming ZOOM event and we greatly appreciate any donation you can make at that time!
Q: Do I have to spend thousands of dollars if I attend the live-streaming event?
A: NO! You don’t have to spend a dime at the event if you don’t want to. Just come to hang out with us on Zoom (we miss your faces!) and see what we have to offer. No pressure, all fun!
Q: What are Parent Experiences?
A: The Parent Experiences are events hosted and sponsored by a UPark parents/families. In this year’s auction, most of the Parent Experiences will have TBD dates (post-social distancing of course), and they’ll provide wonderful opportunities to celebrate our community when we’re allowed to hang out in person again! These experiences are extremely popular and a great way to meet other UPark parents and families. Space is limited for each event, and they are sold for a fixed-price on a first come first serve basis.
Q: When can I pick up the item(s) I won at the 2020 Auction?
A: We’re still making plans for how we’ll handle distribution depending on the guidelines at that time. Check back for more details in the coming weeks.
Q: What about the Auction Gala event that was planned for Space Gallery?
A: Due to current events, we were forced to cancel the in-person event at Space Gallery (400 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204), but we look forward to having you all join us for a wonderful Auction Gala event at the Space Gallery in the spring of 2021!