Many thanks to our Celebration 2013 sponsors for their support
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s annual spring fundraiser is the Celebration dinner and auction, an evening of fun and fellowship that provides funding for tuition assistance. Each Celebration event features an elegant dinner, entertainment, a live auction and a myriad of silent auction categories.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why an auction?
There are a number of ways to raise money for our school community, but an auction is believed to be the best single way to earn a substantial amount of money. This method combines an opportunity for fellowship while generating much needed funds for student tuition assistance.
What are the goals for the auction?
- Fundraising. The money raised by this event provides tuition assistance for students with a demonstrated need.
- Fellowship. It’s an opportunity for the CHCA community to come together and "celebrate" our common mission, the education and spiritual growth of our children.
- Public Relations. The publicity of this event, through sponsorships, donations and media interaction, raises awareness of our school's mission and values.
Where does the money go?
All money raised by the auction provides tuition assistance for students with a demonstrated need.
Who coordinates this event?
The lead organizational responsibility lies with the CHCA Advancement Office. Staff member Julie Carnes works with parent volunteers throughout the entire CHCA community to help make this event a success. (Penny Osborne, who has three kids at CHCA, is General Chair of the event.) Event and Auction committees help plan the event. Individuals in the CHCA community (parents, staff, faculty and local businesses) help in many ways, including: 1) volunteer time; 2) donation of cash or gifts; 3) advertising or sponsoring Celebration; and 4) attending. The CHCA community is asked to support Celebration by participating in as many of these ways as possible.
What should I wear?
Celebration is intended to be an elegant night out, so if you’ve been looking for a reason to get dressed up, this is it! While the attire is semi-formal, you’ll see a wide range of dress – everything from suits, ties and dresses to what you would see on Sunday at church.
What kinds of items are auctioned at Celebration? Can I contribute something?
The success of this event relies heavily on the quality and variety of items available for auction. Think about the businesses you frequent and consider asking them to donate an item or service. Businesses love the additional exposure in our community! Think also about people you know – does anyone know a sports star or celebrity who would donate an autographed piece of memorabilia? Maybe someone who wouldn’t mind donating a week at their vacation home? We’re looking for trips, one-of-a-kind experiences, hard-to-find items and more to auction off – download a donation form if you can help. Items you can expect at Celebration:
- Gift cards to your favorite restaurants, salons, stores and attractions
- Trips to vacation destinations, including four passes to Disney World in past years
- Teacher Treats – unique experiences that your child and their teacher or principal can do together like laser tag, fishing trips, barbecue parties, zoo trips and more
- Artwork, photography services, and home goods
- “A Day in the Life” job shadowing opportunities with judges, meteorologists, doctors, etc.
- AMAZING live auction items to be announced later
Can I sit with people I know? How is seating assigned?
Yes! We encourage you to get a table together (seating for ten), or you can simply list with whom you’d like to sit on the back of the RSVP card. The volunteers who process the reservations make every effort to seat attendees with people they know. If you don’t know many people at CHCA, let us know and we will seat you with friendly folks.
Will there be alcohol at Celebration?
The Celebration team leaders and school administrators elected to offer a cash bar (beer and wine only) from 6:00 p.m. until dinner is served.
How can I get involved?
We need help with all aspects of this event, from early planning and auction item procurement to decorating and tear-down. If you’d like to get involved or want to know more, please contact Julie Carnes. Areas where volunteer help is needed:
- Promoting Celebration in the CHCA community
- Auction item acquisition
- Live and silent auction set up/tear down
- Transportation of auction items
- Night of auction assistance (e.g. staffing auction tables, check-in, etc.)