2018 Bids 4 Kids
The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation hosted its 6th Annual Bids 4 Kids Ladies Night Out on April 5th at Noah’s Event Venue. With 200 guests in attendance, the community event raised $41,000 to help fund the Foundation’s Math & Reading Intervention programs. Last school year, approximately 100 teachers provided additional instructional time outside of the normal school day to help over 550 elementary students boost their confidence and improve their overall reading and math comprehension. This year, student participation increased 20% from the previous year, emphasizing the need for these programs and the importance of our Annual Bids 4 Kids Ladies Night Out event!
Over 200 local businesses and community partners donated auction items and raffle prizes for Bids 4 Kids! All elementary school PTOs donated a basket for the auction, and each school in the district donated either school experiences or sports camps. Raffle prizes included decorative door hangers, 18” Nothing Bundt Cakes, and a chance to win a Hy-Vee 90 second Fill Your Cart shopping experience at the local 156th & Maple Hy-Vee location. Guests could purchase a bottle of wine from the wine pull or pick a gift card from the gift card tree.
Popperista Gourmet Popcorn provided popcorn for guests to munch on while perusing the silent auction items. Guests socialized at lantern lit tables and were treated to an amazing assortment of heavy appetizers and desserts compliments of Sam & Louie’s Catering of Elkhorn! (See picture and menu below)
The Foundation utilized a mobile bidding platform by Qtego Auctions to ensure that all patrons had the best silent auction experience. Qtego’s software allowed community members to bid from their mobile device both at the event and remotely! Over 400 participants registered their phones enabling them to bid from the comforts of their couch or between baseball innings from the bleachers.
Within a 15 minute time period at the end of the event, patrons raised $1,400 during the “Fill the Heart” campaign! “We are thrilled with the outcome of this year’s Bids 4 Kids event!” said Executive Director, Stacey Falk. “Due to the outpouring of support from our donors, volunteers, attendees, and auction participants, this year we exceeded our fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who was a part of our annual ladies event!”