Whether this is your first or fifth Tower benefit, you may have questions! If we didn't answer your question below, please reach out to any member of our benefit committee or to Jessie Achterhof, Director of Development.
Check-in at the registration table in the front lobby. Here you may pre-swipe a credit card to save time at checkout and pay to play in the "Heads or Tails" game (details below). Head into the transformed gym to enjoy the open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, and start browsing all the terrific items on display and listed on the quickie boards.
6pm | Quickie Boards
Get ready for some not-so-silent bidding on the famous Tower Quickie Boards! There are ten 4' x 6' white boards stationed around the front half of the gym with about 10-16 items on each board. Volunteer Quickie Board Captains are stationed at each board to take bids on items. Definitely mark up the benefit booklet and familiarize yourself with where certain items will be located so you can go from board to board checking on your bids. The quickie boards are fast-paced, fun, and offer something for everyone. At 7:15pm boards will begin to close at 3-minute intervals. Ms. Kenwell is our quickie board auctioneer and will be assisting the quickie board captains in closing each board, settling all final bids.
7:50pm | Dinner Program
After the final quickie board closes we ask for your cooperation in moving into the back half of the gym for the dinner program. It is open seating and we assure you—everyone will find a place amongst new or old friends!
HEADS OR TAILS
To help transition everyone into the dining area and seated, the auctioneer will lead a game of "Heads or Tails". If you registered for the game at registration you start by standing up. Participants place a hand on their "head" or their "tail". We will then flip a coin and announce whether it's heads or tails. If you got it right, you remain standing for the next round. Eventually it will come down to just a few people who will be brought up on stage for the final rounds. The winner will take home a prize.
We'll draw the winning ticket for this year's Benefit Raffle!
The live auction features just a few select items, focusing on some big trips and unique opportunities. Raise your paddles high and remember that benefit proceeds directly fund the Cultural Enrichment program for students and the Professional Development program for faculty. Thank you for bidding!
Following the live auction, the community comes together with their collective support to fund a project which benefits all students. This year's fund-a-need will be announced soon!
9:30pm | Entertainment & Checkout
Check-out opens 15 minutes after the final bids are placed but the night doesn’t have to end here; stay and mingle with old and new friends for live music.
When it's time to say farewell, please come to the checkout tables in the front lobby to approve charges and for any items won or contributions made during the evening. We appreciate you bringing home all items as we have a limited ability to store items at school. Last but not least, be sure to take home a small favor as a thank you for being a part of this celebratory evening.
The proceeds generated by the auction support two important programs that enhance and enlighten the experience provided by the school—the Cultural Enrichment program for students and the Professional Development program for faculty. Click here for more information.
After a long and cozy winter, we are looking forward to getting a little dressed up! The suggested attire for the benefit is cocktail attire—think spring dresses, blazers, dress pants, fun accessories. Given our theme of "Tower Tailgate" we'll be showing our school spirit in our navy and white.
Here are a few photos from past events that may give you a sense of the range of appropriate attire: