Auction 2018 FAQ

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with 400 of your friends at our Shamrock Ball and the Annual Genesee Hill Auction!

Here we have answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

When and where is the event?
The auction is held on March 17, 2018. We are going back to the beautiful Seattle Design Center (5701 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108).  Door open at 5 pm and the dinner and live auction begin at 6:45 pm.

It is a ball on St. Patrick’s Day? What do I wear?
Formal gowns and black tie are not required but we are asking for dinner/cocktail attire. Please remember that this is foremost a school event to benefit our students.

What kind of food is provided?
The night will begin with a splash of champagne and passed appetizers. For the dinner part of the event we are offering a plated dinner catered by Tuxedo and Tennis Shoes with a salad and small bites to start and three dinner options: Sherry Braised Chicken, Roasted Shallot and Red Grapes; Pear and Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Loin, Bacon Whiskey Demi; Portobello and Walnut Wellington, Mushroom Demi (vegan).

I want to attend. How do I get a ticket?
Tickets are available through our auction website at We are offering a discount price of $80 per person through January 25. After that the tickets will be sold at the regular price of $85 per person.

What are drink tickets?
To reduce clerical errors and your wait time at the bar, we are introducing drink tickets for this year’s event. These tickets are your bar “currency” for the night. The only way to obtain alcohol drinks at the auction will be to exchange your drink tickets for them. For your reference: beer, cocktail, or a glass of standard wine – 1 ticket; bottle of white wine – 4 tickets; bottle of standard red wine – 5 tickets; bottle of premium red wine – 7 tickets. Water and non-alcoholic drinks are free. Plan your purchases accordingly and please drink responsibly.

Do I need to get the drink tickets prior to the event?
While they will be available for sale during the event, we strongly encourage everyone to pre-purchase the drink tickets ahead of the auction. They are sold through the ticket sale page on our auction website. You can buy them even if you have already completed your admission purchase. If you need assistance, please reach out to

I am not sure if I want to commit to attending so early. What if I change my mind?
Tickets are going fast! So get yours now. Until March 4th the tickets are refundable. After this date our final headcount is due to the venue and the caterer. At that point your purchase is considered a donation to the PTA general fund unless you find someone to attend instead of you (they will have to accept your seating and your chosen meal options).

I want to make sure that I am sitting with my friends. How do I do that?
The best way is to get a table ticket ($800 early bird or $850 regular price for 10 people). Please be prepared to complete the following information: full name for each guest, email address for their account, meal choice. Additionally, ask couples if they want to share a bid number or have one for each person. If you need assistance, please reach out to
If buying a table is not an option for you, you can let us know of specific guests you would like to sit with during the check out process. If no information is provided, we will do our best to seat you with families from the same grade(s).

I can’t/won’t attend the auction but I still want to help. What can I do?
You can:
donate an item for the auction;
• help cover the cost of staff tickets (look for the Click here to donate without a ticket purchase link at the bottom of the ticket sale page) or contribute to Raise the Paddle (link will be available on the auction website after the event);
volunteer and donate your time as a part of our awesome team before, after, or during the event.

We are looking forward to another fun and successful event! If you have additional questions, please sent them to