Scholarship Auction: Maret Adventures in Wonderland

Saturday, February 23, 2019!

A more than 30-year tradition, Maret’s Scholarship Auction is one of our best-loved events, bringing together the entire community for a festive day and evening of merriment, camaraderie, and most importantly, fundraising.

"Best of Live" Raffle Tickets Available for Purchase Now!

"Best of Live" raffle tickets are now on sale! Buy a raffle ticket for $100 for the chance to win one of this year's spectacular Live Auction items. We've got everything from exciting excursions to hard-to-get tickets to glamorous getaways. Please buy your raffle tickets soon as there are only 200. They sell out quickly!

BUY NOW!



RSVP to the Scholarship Auction

Silent Auction Catalog

Download the silent auction catalog to check out this year's offerings.

Download the Silent Auction Catalog

Live Auction Catalog

Download the live auction catalog to check out this year's offerings from Live and Extraordinary Experiences.

Download the Live Auction Catalog

Fund-a-Scholar

Unable to attend the Auction but still want to make a difference? Consider a gift to Fund-a-Scholar.

DONATE NOW!

Absentee Bids

Auction Bids must be received by the Development Office by 1 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019.

Download the Absentee Bid Form

Free Auction Preview

No ticket required. Bidding is open for Silent.
Excludes guaranteed bids.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m in the Old Gym

2018-2019 Scholarship Auction Committee

CHAIR
Elizabeth Odom

LIVE AUCTION CO-CHAIRS
Lisa Palmer & Rachel Weller

SILENT AUCTION CO-CHAIRS
Candice Blackford and Ana Greenstein

EVERYTHING YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT
THE MARET 2019 SCHOLARSHIP AUCTION


Q. WHAT’S HAPPENING THE DAY AND NIGHT OF THE EVENT?

Here’s the schedule:

  • 1:00 - 3:00pm Auction Preview - Open to the public
  • 6:00 - 8:15pm Cocktails and Silent Auction in the Old Gym
  • 8:30 pm Dinner and Live Auction in the New Gym

Q. I RECEIVED THE INVITATION. DO I NEED TO RSVP?

Yes. Please respond as soon as possible but no later than February 15 to reserve your space. Invitations were mailed on January 18 to all Maret families. If you would like us to send an invitation to anyone else, please email their name and address to Marilyn Potts at mpotts@maret.org.

Q. IS THERE ASSIGNED SEATING DURING THE DINNER AND LIVE AUCTION?

Yes. There are pre-arranged tables during the live auction and dinner. You can either coordinate with friends to form a full or partial table of twelve or ask to be seated with other parents from your child’s class.

Q. SHOULD I COME BY MYSELF?

Absolutely! The Auction is a fun, community-building and mingling event. If you don’t know many people in the Maret community, this is a great way to meet them.

Q. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

In the Maret tradition, creative dress is encouraged, so feel free to all Mad Hatter or low key. The point is to have fun, so however you’re comfortable.

Q. WHAT TIME SHOULD I GET THERE?

The event starts at 6:00pm. Try to arrive on time so you can take in all the fabulous silent auction items.

Q. WHERE DO THE PROCEEDS FROM THE AUCTION GO?

One hundred percent of Auction proceeds go to financial aid at Maret. Maret is committed to achieving and maintaining a diverse, high-caliber student body and the Scholarship Auction plays a critical part. Each year the auction funds approximately 20% of Maret's annual financial aid budget and 24% of Maret students receive some level of financial aid.

Q. WILL I RECEIVE A CATALOG IN ADVANCE?

Catalogs containing the live auction item descriptions as well as logistical details will be mailed to all Maret families during ISW Week. The silent auction item descriptions will be available on-line at www.maret.org beginning the first week of February.

Q. DO I HAVE TO BUY ANYTHING AT THE EVENT?

You don’t have to buy anything, but we think you’ll be tempted and hope you will! And it isn't how much you spend - every dollar counts.

Q. WHAT TYPES OF ITEMS WILL BE AUCTIONED?

There are hundreds of unique and exciting items to bid on during the silent and live auctions. The items typically range from luxury trips and high end experiences to gift cards for local restaurants, homemade meals and frog jewelry - and everything in-between. There is truly something for everyone!

Q. WHAT IS THE “BEST OF LIVE” RAFFLE?

Purchase a raffle ticket for $100 and select any one of the spectacular live auction items. The drawing will take place just before the start of the live auction. If your ticket is drawn, the live auction item you selected is yours! Only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets are sold through the Development Office in person, by phone or online at www.maret.org
You do not need to be present to win.

Q. WHAT IS FUND-A-SCHOLAR?

Fund-A-Scholar is a very important and moving part of the live auction providing everyone the opportunity to directly support Maret's financial aid program. Simply raise your bid paddle at the appropriate time and your tax-deductible contribution will be charged to your auction account. Bid levels will be offered at $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, $1,000, $500, $250 and $100. If you are interested in making a higher level of contribution, please feel free to raise your bid card multiple times. If you are unable to attend the auction, you can donate HERE.

Q. CAN I CHARGE MY AUCTION PURCHASES?

All items must be paid for in full the night of the Auction. Payment must be made by personal check payable to Maret School, or charged on VISA, MasterCard, or American Express.
Cash payments are not accepted.

Q. I CAN’T COME THAT NIGHT. CAN I STILL BID?

You bet! We hope you can rearrange your schedule to join us, but if not, you may place absentee bids. The details of absentee ballots and all the Auction fine print can be found in the last section of the catalog.

Q. HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?

There are still lots of ways to help! Get in touch with Auction Chair, Elizabeth Odom at elizabethodom@yahoo.com

Q. I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. WHO CAN I ASK?

Please contact Elizabeth Odom at elizabethodom@yahoo.com or Marilyn Potts at mpotts@maret.org or 202-939-2463. They will be happy to answer whatever question you might have about the auction.


  • 24% of Maret students receive some level of financial support.
  • Each year Maret's Scholarship Auction funds approximately 20% of Maret’s annual financial aid budget.