An auction to raise money for a school or other nonprofit may, over the years, develop its own, unique culture and tradition. That’s what has occurred in the Piedmont school district of California, where parties, put on by parents, have become a favorite item.
Whether it’s the “Monster Bash,” held in a warehouse, with tickets going for around $200, or the more modest moms’ hike and brunch party, with tickets going for around $40, there’s a party for everyone’s interest and pocketbook. For the little ones, there’s a cupcake-making party. Or, at least there was last year — who knows what next year will bring?
These parties are a great way to tap into parents’ creativity and foster further community. And (in a small town with a small commercial area), it’s helpful to be able to create money-makers without relying primarily on donations from local businesses.
Looking for more ideas? Nolo’s got lots of information on fundraising auctions and other special events, and a simple Google search for “party ideas” will bring up more than you ever imagined existed.