Don't forget the auction begins this coming Sat at 8am. We now have over 300 items to bid on and still more being added each day!
This morning we are showcasing food and gourmet items and gift cards donated very generously by the following:
9 Miles East Farm
Cuisine En Locale
Seta Davidian (Lowell Parent)
Riverside Management Group (Dunkin Donuts)
The Fireplace Restaurant
Today we are highlighting the many fabulous dining gift cards for the auction. Bakeries, Bars, Breakfast, Cafe's, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Pubs and so much more. We have 75 items in this category to bid on.
Below is a list of food establishments that generously donated to our auction:
Alden & Harlow
Blue Ribbon BBQ
The Cheesecake Factory
The Deluxe Town Diner
East Coast Grill
Emilios Homemade Italian
Fit Z's Bar & Grille
iggy's Bread of the World
J. Dee Asian Bistro
Kelly's Roast Beef
Miller's Ale House
Shine's Fresh Asian
The Diner at 11 North Beacon
Today we are featuring books generously donated to our auction by Charlesbridge Publishing and by John O'Sullivan author of the book Changing the Game and founder of the Changing the Game Project.
Changing the Game - a bestselling book on how to raise happy AND high-performing athletes by creating a player-first environment for your kids.
Charlesbridge Publishing donated the Lola and Mrs. Hartwell series of books.
Today's spotlight is on Birthday Party Venues. We are fortunate to offer parties that offer a wide variety of activities; trampolines, crafts, sewing, roller skating, pool or gym, and yoga!
The below companies have generously donated a birthday party package to our auction. Please visit their websites to learn more about them and the many other wonderful offerings they have:
Boys & Girls Club of Watertown
Newton Sewing Studio
Pinecones & Needles
We have many camp offerings to bid on. Some are for school vacation weeks, some for a drop in and some for summer.
Here are the organizations that generously donated camp options to our auction:
School of Rock Boston
Belmont Hill Summer Program
BB&N Summer Camp
The Hive deCordova Summer Camp
Running Brook Day Camp
Steve & Kates
Pequossette (Watertown Recreation)
MA Gymnastics Center
My LIttle Gym Waverley Oaks
Fessenden Summer Camp
Global Premier Soccer Camp
Boston Sports Club Camp
Each day the PTO will present an auction spotlight. Highlighting a category of items generously donated. Today's category is Clothing and we thank the below companies for their support (click on their name to visit their website):
Growing Up Resale Boutique
Jenny Boston Boutique
The auction is a few weeks away, if you haven't had a chance to visit the site and explore the amazing items generously donated, click here to do so now.
Auction website: https://www.biddingforgood.com/PTOauction2017
In March, the Lowell PTO will host it's annual Spring Online Auction, our largest fundraising source for the year. This event raises a significant portion of our funds ($13,978 last year) that are used throughout the school year. So that means 100% of that money goes towards teaching supplies and resources, family events, after school clubs, student scholarships, and more.
Below is a FAQ, for those that are new to the Lowell auction or this is your first time using an online auction site, we hope this is helpful (just like using Ebay). Please let us know if you have other questions. (email us)
One important Note: When registering it's important you use a valid and often checked email address. Email is the main form of communication from not only the auction site but from us as well (ie if you win and when and where to pick up ).
What is an online auction?
An online auction is a website, in this case Biddingforgood.com, in which the Lowell PTO offers products or services to participants to bid on.
When is the auction?
Begins Saturday, March 4th at 8am. Ends Saturday, March 11th at 2pm.
What is the Lowell PTO Auction URL?
Who Donated the items?
The items were generously donated by many businesses; locally, regionally and nationally. We also have local companies that were kind enough to sponsor this event as well, you will notice their logos throughout the auction site. All items on the auction website were solicited by Lowell parents.
Who can participate/bid in the auction, is it only Lowell families and staff?
ANYONE can bid on items in this auction, this is not just for Lowell families or staff. In fact we encourage you to share this with as many people as possible. The more bids we get the more money we are able to raise.
Are the items available for bid just from Watertown?
Not at all, as a matter of fact we have items available geographically dispersed throughout MA, New England, and the US. There over 230 items so far to bid on.
What are the categories of items?
Automotive care, Books, Summer and Vacation Camps, CDs, Clothing, Restaurant/Dining , Electronics, Food & Gourmet Items, Golf Times & Sports Gear, Health & Fitness, Home, Jewelry, Kids Birthday Parties, Lessons, Memberships, Memorabilia, Museum Admissions, Services, Spa & Beauty, Entertainment and Sporting Tickets, Toys, Travel, Unique Experiences, Watertown Specific and Wine!
What is the process to get donations and when does it start?
This is a pretty long process for the PTO, we begin the planning in Oct and start to solicit for item donations around Nov. There are over one thousand emails that have been sent out, numerous phone calls made and in person visits to request, solidify and pick up donations or sponsorship's. This is a true team effort!
How does the auction work?
The PTO uploads all the donated items to the auction website and includes a description of the item and information that donors would like shared (ie expiration dates or exclusions). You can search through the category for items or you can enter in a company name etc to search. Once you find an item or items you want to bid on you simply place a bid. Some items have set bid increments (meaning if the last bid was 25 dollars and there is bid increment of 5, you will be required to bid 30) and some do not. This site is pretty intuitive so you will be told what your next bid amount should be.
How do I become a Bidder?
As a bidder, you will need to visit the auction website, and register yourself. The registration is fairly straightforward, any issues please email us.
How do I know if I was outbid or if I won an item(s)?
You will be notified via email if you placed a bid or if you are outbid or if you win.
So please make sure you use a valid and often checked email.
How do I pay and get my item(s)?
The Lowell PTO will accept cash or check, made payable to Lowell PTO, for all items. We are not able to accept credit card payments.
When is Item pick up and payment?
March 12th, 1:30-3:30, Watertown Public Library, Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room (2nd floor).