Seeing 2020: Family Association Auction Wrap-Up

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Friends Select to make alternate plans for the annual Family Association auction, originally scheduled to take place at the Logan Hotel on March 13. Just four days before the affair—themed SEEING 2020 in honor of both the calendar year and Friends Select’s vision for the future—the Family Association and its auction committee initiated the transition of the school’s largest fundraising event to a virtual auction.

“As it became increasingly obvious we needed to make the quick but tough decision to have the auction as an entirely virtual experience, the committee stepped up beyond our expectations,” said Ashley Dickinson P’31, Family Association auction committee co-chair. “Committee members rallied to enter and obtain last-minute items, reach out to their class representatives, encourage others to bid, and utilize social media as a platform to spread the word of all last-minute changes.”

In addition to raising money for the school through unique items and experiences donated by parents, teachers, and local businesses, the event garners support for a specific school initiative through its Make a Difference campaign. This year, the community supported plans for a 16th Street Garden Entrance with the goal of beautifying and enhancing the space leading to the back doors of the school building, and the school is hopeful this project can be completed in 2021. Although those who purchased auction tickets were offered a full refund, all attendees opted to donate the cost of their ticket to Friends Select. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the online auction proved to be as successful as it would have been in its traditional format. 

“Had it not been for the efforts of our auction committee when we most needed them, as well as the consistent guidance from Molly Mullahy P’33, director of parent programs, and Friends Select administrators, I am certain the auction would not have been the success it was in this unprecedented time,” said Ashley. “We were equally fortunate to have such a strong parent community supporting our school as we transitioned to a virtual learning experience.”