Dinner Auction Q&A

The San Carlos Dinner Auction is our school’s largest fundraiser of the year. This annual, fun-filled evening includes opportunities to meet and mingle with parents, alumni, and other San Carlos School supporters while bidding on wonderful silent and live auction items. All items have been either donated from local area businesses or hand-crafted by students for the event. The night features a Wine Barrel Raffle, Cake Raffle, photo booth, DJ, and dancing. Our 50/50 Raffle winner is drawn during this event too…our lucky 2019 Jackpot Winner went home with $22,500! Prizes will also be awarded for “Best Themed Dress”!

Our 2020 goal is to raise $70,000.These funds will go directly to San Carlos School to help keep tuition costs affordable for all students. We need the help of our entire community to make this fundraiser happen, and we offer many opportunities to contribute. Details on these opportunities are outlined below. Please consider helping us make this event a success and reach our goal.

When and Where is the 2020 Dinner Auction?

“Having a Roaring Good Time” is our 34th Annual Dinner Auction and will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Monterey Marriott. Doors will open at 5:00 PM, cocktails and silent auction will begin at 5:15, and dinner and live auction will start at 7:00. A terrific DJ, music, and dancing will follow! The Monterey Marriott is located at 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA and can be reached by calling 831-649-4234.

How About Ticket Prices and Registration?

Tickets are $85 each if purchased before February 14th. The price increases to $90 each after that date.

Please see the attached files below for our invitation and reply card.Simply fill out the reply card and mail to San Carlos School, 450 Church St., Monterey, CA 93940 and include “Dinner Auction RSVP” on the outside of your envelope.

We also offer an online registration option by clicking on the “Dinner Auction” tab at the top of our website, scrolling down, and selecting “Buy Tickets or Donate Now.”

What is the 50/50 Raffle?

Members of the school community will be selling $5 raffle tickets in the months leading up to the Dinner Auction and on the night of the event. At the end of the evening, the final drawing will be held and one lucky supporter will win 50% of total funds collected! San Carlos School will keep the other 50%. The winner need not be present to win.

The 50/50 Raffle is a major part of our fundraising efforts for the Dinner Auction. The greater the total, the more significant the benefit for the winner and the School.

How can you help?

Our goal is to sell $50,000 worth of tickets.Each School family is asked to sell $100 worth of tickets. We encourage everyone to sell more!If each family sells $230 worth of tickets, we will meet our goal of $50,000!

Please consider buying or helping us sell 50/50 Raffle tickets. We will also be selling tickets after Mass at San Carlos Cathedral.

Prizes will be awarded to top individual sellers as well as for top class participation. Please contact Cathy Cardinale at ccardinale@cardinaleway.com if you have any questions.

Our 2019 50/50 Raffle was a huge success with Mrs. Bennett and Ms. Juergens dying their hair pink in celebration!

What Are the Silent and Live Auctions?

During our silent auction, guests bid on items such as local boutique hotel getaways, themed gift baskets, golf packages, dinners at local restaurants, gym memberships, home décor, and artwork while enjoying local wine donated by area wineries. The live auction often includes high-end wines, sports memorabilia, family vacation packages to Disneyland and other exciting destinations, and private dining experiences. The live auction also includes our extra special Class Art Projects.

How can you help?

The Dinner Auction would not have any silent or live auction items without the generosity of our local community and our families.We ask our families to help by gathering donations from local businesses that they frequent. No item or donation is too small!

We also have a committee that makes calls for donations and organizes item pick up if needed. Another committee will assemble gift baskets and transport them to the Marriott the day before the Dinner Auction. These are great ways for families to earn Time and Talent hours.

Please contact Liliana Dawson at dawson@sancarlosschool.org or Mary Jane Fernandez at fernandez@sancarlosschool.org if you would like to help or have any questions.

What Are Sponsorships and Advertising?

Sponsorships and advertising are terrific opportunities for local businesses to raise awareness and gain exposure within a targeted group of potential customers and help us underwrite the event. We have a variety of sponsorship levels to meet the needs of any business. Sponsorship packages include tickets to the event, premier advertising placement in our program and on-site, and much more.

How can you help?

We need help identifying and soliciting potential sponsors and advertisers. Please contact Valerie Fantl at vfantl@johnsonfantl.com if you have suggestions or would like to help.

What are the Class Art Projects?

Each class at San Carlos School creates a unique art project that will be auctioned off during the Dinner Auction. These projects are one-of-a-kind pieces that often sell for top dollar during the live auction.

What are the Class Baskets?

Several classes put together themed baskets that will be auctioned off at the event. These baskets are full of exciting items and are literally “bundles” of fun!

How can you help?

By donating items to the class baskets, you can help make them more appealing to prospective buyers, offset costs, and increase the returns to San Carlos School.

What is the Cake Raffle?

Who doesn’t like a delicious cake? Some of the finest bakers in the area make custom cakes for our Dinner Auction to be raffled off at the event. Each cake includes an extra surprise for the lucky winner too! In 2019, a winner took home a gorgeous LV tote in addition to her custom cake!


How can you help?

We will need help selling Cake Raffle tickets on the night of the Dinner Auction. Please contact Brittany Melo at brittany.dove@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions.

What is the Wine Barrel Raffle?

We will be selling 100 exclusive tickets at $50 each for the chance to win 25 bottles of fine wine housed in a half barrel.
The winning ticket will be drawn at the event and the winner need not be present.

How can you help?

Please consider donating wine with a value of $25/bottle or more and buy tickets for your chance to win. Contact Andrea Lord at alord316@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with this effort.

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