The auction is NDE’s biggest fundraiser, and it really is a fun community event, featuring food, entertainment, and of course, an auction. This past year’s auction was held in October at the Veteran’s Memorial Center.
We’re always looking for donations, so we’ve included some donation ideas and an FAQ section below. And please, let us know if you are interested in volunteering. We always appreciate the extra help.
Donate a gift card or gift certificate
These are fantastic for building great auction baskets.
Donate a service
Does your business or place of work have a service or “experience” that can be donated?
Organize a fun event for 2 to 20 kids
Plan a couple of hours of fun for kids such as capture the flag, or pizza and a movie.
Teach a hobby or sport you love to do
Are you a coach, musician, or chef? Offer personal lessons to kids or adults.
Ask your talented friends to donate
Do you know someone with a special talent, service, or vacation opportunity such as a beach house they could offer for the weekend?
Host a party
Do you have a great back yard….a refreshing pool….cook exotic food…. are a master with the blender? Share your fun, and bring people together, by hosting a party for other wonderful North Davis families.
Do you have season tickets to sporting events and can’t make all the games – great auction item!
Donate a bottle of wine (or two)
Great for both serving at the auction and using in our bottle game.
Be a sponsor
If none of the above interests you please consider advertising in the auction catalog or sponsoring the auction. Your kids will love seeing their name in print.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the fundraising goal?
Our annual goal is to raise $50,000. The money raised at the auction helps support the many essential programs paid for by the NDE PTA. This year’s proposed PTA budget includes funding for reading programs, music, grade-level and program grants, fitness programs, assemblies, Books Count, and the gardening program, as well as many other PTA supported programs and equipment.
Am I required to buy things in order to attend the auction?
Tickets to attend the auction admits you into the event with dinner, drinks, and a whole lot of socializing with other NDE parents. Once inside, you don’t have to spend a dime – although there is a lot of great merchandise to be found!
Are kids invited?
The auction is an adult-only event. This is a time for NDE parents, family, and staff to get together, have some fun, and raise money for those important programs that we’ve come to expect from our school.
What kind of cool stuff is at the auction?
In addition to beautiful classroom art projects, past donations have included items from Nugget Market, Disneyland, Speedway Motorsports Sonoma, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Davis Golf Course, Coldwell Banker, Davis Paintball, B Street Theatre, Davis Food Co-op, Sugarbowl, Rocknasium, Woodland Opera House, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Cache Creek Casino Resort, Mondavi Center, Richard Kennedy DDS, The Wardrobe, Esquire IMAX, Evangeline’s, Hearst Castle, Turkovich Family Wines, Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, Crocker Art Museum, Davis Fencing Academy, Blackhawk Museum, Explorit, Institute of Restorative Health, ACCESS Davis Kids Klub, Davis Art Center, Sacramento History Museum and Jackson Rancheria.
How can I help to make the auction a success for NDE?
Sign up to help with the auction. Simply let us know that you’d like to lend a hand! We always need help in these areas:
- Set up and Creating Decorations
- Beverages and Desserts
- Ticket Sales
- Check In and Greeters
- Check Out
- Clean Up
- Teacher Events
- Pre-paid Parties
- Live Auction