Q: Why should I come to the auction?
A: We’re glad you asked. There are a few extremely good reasons:
- To help raise money for Crocker, of course.
Crocker Highlands provides a wonderfully rich public education in a stimulating and supportive environment like no other. A great deal of what makes Crocker so fantastic is not paid for by the state, however. We depend heavily on proceeds from the auction to pay for many programs that make a big difference for our kids, including library services, computer lab, music, physical activity, Spanish, and more.
- To build community
We are all in this together: to help our kids learn and grow in the best possible way. Beyond raising money and volunteering our time, this involves getting to know each other, so that our kids (and we!) can feel like part of a larger, supportive community while we’re at Crocker. Coming together at events like the auction is a big part of what makes this happen. If the price of the auction ticket prevents you from attending, please contact Principle Kelleher (Jocelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org) to make special arrangements. We do not want anyone to feel left out.
- To have FUN!
The Crocker Auction is always a good time—ask anybody! The auction items themselves are truly fabulous, the mood festive, the libations flowing, and the food fantastic. And we’ve got the party aspect taken care of this year with a vibrant Crocker Bazaar theme. Imagine sipping cocktails surrounded by warm jewel tones and sparkling surfaces as you stroll through our very own Crocker Bazaar: the Silent Auction! There will be fun and fabulous items to bid on, dancing to a live band and DJ, wine games, and a photo booth. You do not want to miss this.
Q: Will there be costumes this year?
A: Not this year. We decided to take a year off so it’s a little bit easier for everyone to attend. What to wear? Whatever makes you feel great. Get glammed up or put on your favorite jeans. It’s up to you this year!
Q: What do I get for my $80.00 event ticket?
A: Your event ticket gets you into the party and covers passed hors d’oeuvres, a served dinner, sweet treats, and dancing to a live band and DJ. Because this is a fundraiser, a variety of fun additional activities, including enjoying cocktails, having your photo taken in our photo booth, playing wine games, and of course, bidding on our the silent and live auction items, are not included in the event ticket fee.
Q: Are drinks included?
A: No. Unfortunately we are unable to offer complimentary drinks. Please keep in mind that this is a fundraiser and in order to meet our fundraising goals, drinks are not included. There will be a full bar that accepts cash and credit. The Claremont has a 24 hour ATM machine on property.
Wine With Dinner
Bottles of wine for your dinner table are available for pre-purchase. When you purchase your tickets online for the auction using your credit card, you will have the opportunity to buy bottles of rosé, white, and red wine, which will be delivered to your table during dinner.
Wine for your table will also be available for purchase from volunteers at the event prior to the dinner hour, but we advise pre-purchase (for faster delivery and better pricing).
Q: I’ve never been to an auction before… what exactly is going to happen?
A: Several things, actually.
The Silent Auction happens first: from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. When you arrive, you will check in, get your bidder number, and are welcome to start bidding on items on the Silent Auction tables.
Silent Auction tables will close in succession, from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m., at which time the Silent Auction is over and everyone finds their seats for dinner. During dinner, our professional auctioneer and his team will conduct the Live Auction—truly an exciting experience you will not soon forget!
“Check-out” will be available shortly after the Live Auction is over—this is when you verify your credit card charges and pick up the items you won.
When the dinner and Live Auction are over, the fun is just getting started. We are excited to have a repeat performance by the band Identity Crisis and have added a DJ to the line-up this year. The bar will, of course, remain open until the music wraps up around midnight.
We understand if some of you will need to leave right after dinner (for the sitter and what-not), but we want to really encourage you to stay and enjoy yourselves!! This is Crocker’s big night, after all, and it only comes around once a year…
Q: Okay—so where do I have to be when?
A: The auction is on Saturday, April 21, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, at the Claremont Resort & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, California.
Q: Where do I park?
A: Self parking is available at the Claremont. Expect to pay a flat rate of $14. Valet parking is also available for an additional $10. We advise you to carpool with a designated driver or take a cab, Lyft, or Uber. For directions, detailed information is here: http://www.fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley/map/map-and-directions/
Q: When do I get my auction catalog?
A: The Auction Catalog will be available online and will also be distributed on the school yard the week prior to the event.
Q: When do I get my auction winnings?
A: You pick them up at check-out, shortly after the Live Auction is over.