Auction Night



  1. Our March 13th event was canceled, but our auction continues online!
  2. Live Auction items are open and will close Sun. March 15th @ 9pm
  3. Silent Auction Items, Count-Me-Ins, and Classroom Art are open for bidding and will close Wed. March 18th @ 9pm
  4. Anyone can bid - so share with family and friends, and remember - every dollar you spend on our online auction goes directly to support the programs, teachers, and staff funded by our PTA!
Donation Information:
  1. How to make an item donation: Enter donation information on our auction website ( or complete a hard copy of our donation form ( Pleae bring items to the school and place in the auction box in Ms Maureen's office or contact to make other arrangements for larger items.
  2. How to submit a Count-Me-In: To submit a Count-Me-In donation, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions please contact Amy Millward or Emily Bold through Freshschools or contact
  3. How to donate a bottle of wine: To donate a bottle of wine (minimum value of $20), please contact  Collection dates in February will also be announced.
  4. How to contribute to our Paddle Raise Challenge! We are looking for families or businesses interested in contributing a matching challenge gift for our paddle raise portion of the auction.  Last year we were able to secure $40,000 in commitments prior to the event to match 2 for 1 donations to New Traditions. This is a great opportunity to increase the impact of your donation and donations can also be made anonymously.  If you are interested please contact or reach out to Principle Alderete. 


Count-Me-In form



Q: When and where is it?

A: This year’s auction will be held Friday, March 13, 2020 at the General's Residence in Fort Mason It is an adult only event. Childcare is not provided but we encourage families to coordinate on childcare. The doors open at 6pm, silent auction ends at 8pm, and the Live Auction will conclude by 10pm.


Q: Can I volunteer to help before or at the event?

A: You bet! It takes a village (or a den) to make the auction happen and the committee can use all the help we can get. Contact the committee at to find out where we could use help. Solicitations, graphic design, communications, event planning, food and beverage coordination, data entry, wine raffle, ticket sales, and more. Please let us know if you are interested and we'll find the job that fits best for you!


Q: Is there a theme for the event?

A: Yes! The theme this year is "Lights, Camera, Auction!" So come dressed as your favorite movie star, character or just ready for the red carpet! The theme is just intended to add a little more fun to the event, but there are no dress requirements for attending. It's entirely up to you!  


Q: Who can attend?

A: The auction is an adult-only event for New Traditions families, alumni, friends and community. Bring grandparents, neighbors, and friends but not your kids!


Q: What happens at Auction Night?

A: The auction is a fun event to socialize with other families in the New Traditions community and is the largest fundrasining event of the year to help support our creative arts school. It is a mix of both a silent auction plus a live auction, wine raffle, and games all with plenty of food, drinks, and music!


Q: Is there a cost to attend Auction Night?

A: Early-bird tickets (tickets purchased at least a week in advance of the event) are $50 per person which includes food, beverages, and music. However we welcome all families and don’t want the cost of a ticket to be barrier to attendance. Please contact Principal Alderete for complimentary tickets. Please buy your tickets before the event to avoid lines on the day of the event. A week prior to the event, ticket prices will increase to $65 per person.


Q: What does the auction help fund and how much money do we raise?

A: Funds raised at Auction Night go towards paying for our additional educators in art, music, and outdoor education, as well as our 4th/5th grade support teacher, English language specialist, student advisor, and lunch recess consultant. Everything our PTA supports! Our goal is to raise at least $100,000.   


Q: What should I donate?

A: Donations are critical to making our auction a successful fundraiser. Families are encouraged to donate items (new items only please!) for the silent or live auction or organize a Count-Me-In event (see next question). Donations for the silent or live auction can include a wide range of services or items — such as artwork, restaurant gift certificates, premium wines, professional services, etc. Or if you have access to a vacation home, rental property, event tickets or museum passes you are willing to donate or solicit from a business or someone you know, these are especially popular in our community.


Q: What are the ‘Count Me In’ event donations?

A: Count Me In (CMI) events are fun group activities organized by one or more families, teachers or staff that build community, create friendships, and allow multiple New Traditions families to enjoy the same fun event. Spaces at the CMI events are not bid on, but sold at a set price per person.


Events can be kids only, adults only or for families. Examples of past CMIs include: Themed gourmet dinner parties, neighborhood progressive dinners (each house hosts part of a meal), Child-oriented parties, adult or child game nights, trivia night, wine and cheese tastings, bike tours, a Cinco de Mayo party, poker or billiards party, hikes, sushi-making and sake party, makeup party, BBQs, dance party, cocktail or beer tasting, music pub crawl, and more.  


Q: What are the ‘Classroom Art Projects?

A: Each year, parent volunteers work with our New Traditions students and teachers to make the most amazing art projects to sell at the auction. If you are interested in leading a classroom art project for your child's classroom, please contact for more information.


Q: How do I make a donation for the auction?

A: You can personally donate new, unused items, recruit friends and family to contribute items, or solicit businesses you frequent. Remember, donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. We encourage you to be creative and think of the types of items that would interest you in bidding on at the Auction. We've created a donation request letter to help with business outreach which is available at In order to make a donation, you or the business you are soliciting from can enter donation information on our auction website ( or complete a hard copy donation form ( Please bring items to the school and place in the auction folder in Ms Debbie's office or contact to make other arrangements.


Q: Can I see what items will be in the auction before the event?

A: Yes, we will have preview auction items on our online bidding site starting about two weeks prior to the event. Get a jump start on bidding before you arrive! Check out the online auction catalog.


Q: I can’t make it to Auction Night but still want to support the school. How can I participate?

A: There are many ways to help support New Traditions. You can donate items for the auction that others in the NT community will bid on. And you may also donate to the PTA online, a 100% tax deductible gift that will fund our operating expenses including our art, music, and other additional programs, and support our faculty and staff.


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