Dear Meridian Families:
Surround yourself with the music, food, drinks and decor of Oceania as we gather together to celebrate our community, raise money to complete the school’s budget, and enhance the curriculum through this year’s Fund-A-Vision, “Experts and Explorations.” This important campaign allows Meridian to bring in both local and national experts to our community and allows students to explore the greater Seattle area.
New this year:
Two Auctions, One Important Cause …Celebrating our next 40 years! Join us in supporting Meridian by partaking in our two auction events:
Dancing! Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate a successful night following the Live Auction. Dancing will take place in the Sycamore room, adjacent to the Main Ballroom, accompanied by a photo booth and other activities to help you unwind.
How you can help!
This year, in addition to procuring items for our Live and Online Auctions, we have set a goal of increasing our auction underwriting and business sponsorships. That means we need your help to underwrite our expenses and reach out to local businesses in our community.
What is underwriting?
An auction underwriter pays for part or all of the cost of a product or service at the auction. Underwriting is an amazing way for families to contribute to the auction. By reducing Meridian’s initial expenses we are able to raise more money that will directly benefit our students. All underwriters of auction expenses will be graciously thanked at the event. Below are some of the examples of underwriting opportunities:
What are Business Sponsorships?
An auction business sponsor is buying an opportunity to advertise in our community. By becoming an auction sponsor, businesses receive advertising space in our catalog, and, depending on the package they select, they may also have their logo featured on our website, our two school video monitors, signage at the event, and receive a special thank you by the auctioneer. Sponsorship package forms can be found above on the right side bar or in Meridian’s Main Office / Development Office.
The 33rd annual Auction was a stellar evening of food, fun, and fundraising! Our success exemplifies our family’s willingness to procure items, eagerly volunteer to help, and loyally attend. The 2016 auction, Illuminating Our Minds, followed this tradition by raising $102,129.
This year “Fund-The-Faculty” raised $125,700 that will be expended over three years. Matching funds will increase this amount further.
We will spend these funds over three years focused on Literacy and Language Arts, Social/Emotional Learning and S.T.E.A.M. Teachers have already attended a Social Thinking conference due to our community’s generosity. We are all looking forward to integrating new ideas from the Science of Imagination conference and the Teachers College Writer’s Workshop training.
Thank you for contributing to the success of the 2016 Meridian School Auction.
If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Walters at HWalters@Meridianschool.edu