Thursday, April 29, 2010

Monroe online auction

Please help support Monroe Elementary School’s first ever online auction! This auction is 100% online -- there is no event to attend, simply go to the website, look over the fabulous items and bid away!

The budget cuts for the 2010-2011 school year are devastating; we are losing our school nurse, student advisors, equity release teacher, para professionals, and many vital staff will now only have part time positions- including our one counselor who serves almost 500 children.

The Auction runs from Monday May 3rd to Thursday May 13th. Right now the website site is open for viewing --take a peak now so you will be ready to bid. We have many amazing items to choose from (and more are being loaded in every day) including:

· Private tour of the incredible PIXAR Animation Studio

· Private sailing lesson on the San Francisco Bay with the Marin Sailing School

· Luxury hotel stays at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, Montage Laguna Beach Resort and St Regis Monarch Beach Resort

· Local San Francisco hotel stays at the amazing Palace Hotel, San Francisco Hilton and Hotel Vitale

· Tahoe Cabins Stays & Wine Country

· Spa treatments & restaurant gift certificate including Jardinière

· Amazing art, fine wines and cool one-of-a-kind collectible items

· And even home cooked meals by Monroe families!

There is something for EVERYONE at every price range.

Again this auction is 100% online – so please spread the word nationwide (Facebook, email, Google Groups) to help support Monroe!

More about Monroe….Monroe is a public school located in the Excelsior District of San Francisco that offers three academically aligned language programs: a Spanish Two-Way Immersion Program, a Cantonese Bilingual Program, and a General Education Program in


  1. The auction is live now at:

  2. Yatima
    The site is great and I wish Monroe the best of success with the auction - but I worry that the overheads of the online site will eat any potential funds you will raise - how did you work out which online auction site to use?
    I hope you will let us know (those of us at schools considering using online auction sites) how it works out and what you would do differently (if anything).
    Thanks - I'm off to put some bids in now - you have some wonderful things on there.

  3. Thanks for your post about the Monroe auction! I along with a few other parents from the Monroe PTA researched online auction sites to use. As this was our first attempt- we thought long and hard on how to make it most successful.... there definitely are other auction site that are less expensive, but we decided on as they have a large existing online community of people that are already registered to bid, and are willing to bid on mid to high ticket items. And since our goal was to expand the community of bidders beyond the already overextended Monroe parent community, we felt this was our best shot. But we shall see. BFG has a onetime set up fee (good for one year so you can have as many auctions as you want w/in the year), they take a percentage of the sale, and then the credit card processing company also takes a percentage. Depending on how much money we raise- we’ll pay a grand total of about 9%-13% for these combined services. I hope this helps!

  4. If you're looking to try out Lowest Unique Bid sites, try Nightcents - they have a "No Losers" policy, which means that at the end of every Lowest Unique Bid auction, you get ALL your paid bids back to use in the other auction types!

    Check it out at online penny auction

  5. I am an auction lover. So every news related to the auction makes me very happy. Thanks for keeping us updated.

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