Scholarship Program Basket Auction

LWPTSA Council Scholarship Program Basket Auction 2022: October 6 to November 3 at LWSD Resource Center

Each year, local PTAs in the Lake Washington PTSA Council are asked to donate gift baskets for the annual basket auction. Proceeds from this auction go to Council’s scholarship fund to provide scholarships to graduating seniors and staff across our district. Last year we were able to award academic scholarships to 15 graduating LWSD seniors!

This year, we are pleased to be hosting our 2022 auction in person! Our community members are invited to come help support our next class of scholarship recipients by visiting Lake Washington School District’s Resource Center during their business hours to view our fun, themed gift baskets and place bids at our silent auction. Everyone is invited to join our auction reception pajama party as we close out bidding and host a raffle with refreshments!

  • Silent Bidding: From noon on Thursday, October 6 until Thursday, November 3 during our closing reception (see below), at the LWSD Resource Center (16250 NE 74th St., Redmond WA 98052). LWSD’s business hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Auction Reception & Raffle: Join us as we close out bidding on Thursday, November 3 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm at the LWSD Resource Center. Bring a friend and wear pajamas! Enjoy cocoa, cookies and fun while supporting our scholarship program. You’ll also be able to support the program by making donations, purchasing raffle tickets for prizes, and purchasing gift cards from local businesses.

Questions? Please email auction {at} lwptsa {dot} net.

How Our PTAs Can Participate in Our 2022 Auction

PTA LEADERS: We will not be including any alcohol, or gift certificates for alcohol or alcohol tastings in our auction this year. Other gift cards are welcome, but please keep the gift cards separate from your wrapped baskets. Gift cards are subject to special tracking and storing procedures.

Please read below for complete instructions, and also see our helpful hints and great basket ideas. If you have any questions, please email auction {at} lwptsa {dot} net. Thank you!

  1. Submit your theme here by Thursday, September 22, 2022.
  2. Assemble items for your basket(s). Some PTAs receive donations from members or community businesses; others have a line item in the budget to cover the cost of the basket items. We are not accepting alcohol or gift certificates for alcohol or wine tastings this year.
  3. Deliver your wrapped baskets to the October 6 Council membership meeting. Drop-off begins early, at 9 am. Please include the following information with your basket(s):
    • Your PTA’s name
    • The estimated value of your basket
    • TWO detailed lists of the basket contents—one for Council, and one to display with your basket. You might wish to make the display list decorative to complement your basket’s theme.
  4. Please do not place gift cards inside the wrapped basket, but do list them and bring them with the basket. We track and store gift cards separately. Note: Lottery/lotto tickets and alcohol may not be included in baskets.
  5. Spread the word! Encourage your PTA board, parents and staff at your school to check out the baskets and place a bid. Baskets will be on display in the lobby of the LWSD Resource Center during business hours, Monday–Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. (Download a PDF flyer to share)
    • Silent auction bidding: October 6 – November 3, 2022
    • Basket auction reception & raffle: November 3, 2022, from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (following a brief Council membership meeting) at the LWSD Resource Center

Important Dates

About the Auction

The Lake Washington PTSA Council began its scholarship program more than 40 years ago to assist graduating seniors with their college education. In 1990, scholarships were added for district staff to help defray the costs of continuing education.

Funding for these scholarships is primarily provided by the PTAs our Council serves. Each PTA makes an annual donation to the scholarship fund and contributes a themed basket or experience to be auctioned off at our yearly event. The generosity of community partners such as the LWSD Central Leadership team, Lake Washington Schools Foundation, Lake Washington Education Association and individual donors, help make this event a successful tradition for the LWPTSA Council.

The auction is held annually in November or December. Everyone is welcome to attend to enjoy this event and place bids to support Lake Washington School District graduating seniors and staff.

Want to get involved, or do you have an idea or a question? Email auction {at} lwptsa {dot} net.

Our 2022-2023 Auction Chair(s) role is currently open. If you are interested in volunteering for this important event, or if you have questions regarding what this role entails, please president {at} lwptsa {dot} net.