If you own a Ballard-Phinney-Greenwood area business and would like to donate to Whittier Elementary School’s bi-annual auction, the deadline is this Wednesday, Feb. 29.
Whittier is located at 1320 NW 75th St. in Ballard, but its boundaries include the western edge of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.
The auction is the main fundraiser for Whittier’s PTA, which pays for after-school tutoring, field trips, the school’s art teacher, annual events like the fall carnival, provides extra library funds, and more.
This year’s auction theme harkens waaaayyyy back – to the 1980s. “We Got the Beat” is set for Saturday, May 5, at The Canal in Ballard.
New this year, Whittier will auction off most items online, before the May 5 main auction and party. The online auction will launch on April 23. It will be divided into sections that close at different dates.
Auction coordinators say auctioning the majority of items online will make it much easier for volunteers, so they don’t have to set up hundreds of items at the May 5 main event. It also opens up bidding to everyone, whether they come to the May 5 party or not, and whether or not they have children at Whittier (i.e., grandparents who live in another state could bid on children’s books or experiences to give as gifts).
You can donate online. If you have questions, email the auction committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Disclosure: I am on the Whittier auction committee.)