FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


When and where is the event?

Our 2019 Winter Benefit "A Gatsby Soiree” will be held on Friday, January 25th, 2019 at The Lighthouse from 6:30pm - 10:30pm. The Lighthouse is located at Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers, NYC.


What is the dress code?

Let’s dress up! Festive attire is recommended.


What kind of tickets can I buy?

Early bird tickets ($165/person) go on sale Wednesday November 28th through Thursday December 20th. Regular tickets ($185/person) will be on sale from Friday December 21st through the night of the event. The benefit website address is www.mcswinterbenefit.com.


Can I invite my friends and family?

Of course, the more the merrier! You can buy as many tickets as you’d like.


How does the ‘Sponsor a Teacher’ fundraiser work?

We encourage parents to contribute money towards the purchase of the teachers’ tickets (you’ll have an option to select an amount). After all, the teachers are a huge part of what makes the school so great, and our kids’ experiences and academic achievements possible! Visit the Tickets Page to make your Sponsor a Teacher donation.


What is the event program?

Cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvre will start at 6:30pm, attendees will have the opportunity to admire Class Artwork and mingle with fellow parents and staff during this time. A buffet dinner that starts at 8pm, followed shortly by the live auction portion of the evening. At 9:30pm dessert and coffee will be served and DJ & the dancing floor will open. The silent auction will be coming to a close around 10pm, allowing guests one last opportunity to place their bids and take home their winning prize(s). The event ends at 10:30 so there will be plenty of time to continue socializing. There will be multiple open bars offering premium wine and spirits available throughout the night from 6:30pm - 10:30pm.


*Note: We recommended arriving at 6:30pm to enjoy the delicious food, drinks and socialize with other parents and teachers.


What types of bidding will be offered?

There are 2 different ways to bid on items: silent mobile auction and live auction.


What is a Silent Mobile Auction?

The Silent Mobile Auction website will open for bidding the week before the event. You can review all the items on the website gallery via your mobile phone. There are no paper bid sheets – all bids must be placed electronically using our mobile bidding system.

Please Note:

You will receive notification if you are the winning bid on items from the silent auction and they will be available for pick up at the end of the evening or at school starting on Monday, January 28th. All live auction items will be taken the night of the event.


What is a Live Auction?

Some of our most sought-after items will be part of the live auction; including some class art projects and other exciting experiences. The live auction will be held during our dinner starting at 8pm. It will require raising paddles to bid, which you will receive at check-in. You will be able to review all of the class art projects and other items online prior to the event and they will also be displayed during cocktail hour.


Is participation in auctions mandatory?

Absolutely not! You can just buy a ticket, show up, eat, drink, socialize, and have a good time with your fellow parents! This is a community-building event, and we would like for everyone to have a wonderful experience.


How do I make a donation to the auction?

Please contact the Winter Benefit committee (mcsbenefit@gmail.com) or speak to your Winter Benefit class rep about an auction item donation.


You can also contribute by Sponsoring a Teacher (see above) or making a cash donation to the the Scholarship Fund.


Are the donations tax-deductible?

Yes, the Montclare Parents Association is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, so your donations are tax-deductible (Tax ID 92-0188500). Cash donations are fully tax deductible. For information about tax deductions related to items that are donated or purchased at the auction, please visit: https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/charitable-organizations/charity-auctions


What if I can’t make it but want to support the event?

Absolutely! The instructions on how to make cash donations, or contribute auction items will be posted on the website. We will be very grateful for any contribution that you can make to the event. Or you can also contribute by Sponsoring a Teacher (see above).


Please feel free to contact the Winter Benefit Co-Chairs if you have any additional questions at mcsbenefit@gmail.com.