Auction Successes!
Tue, Mar 29 6:29am

Hello RHS community, 

What a spectacular celebration of community on Saturday night at Mills! The RHS Auction has always been an event not to be missed, but gathering together for the first time in two years reminded us HOW MUCH FUN we are capable of having together! We truly have something special at RHS. We were blown away by the turnout and participation over the past months. So many of you participated in this major fundraising event by selling raffle tickets, donating your talents and items to the online or live auction, volunteering on the auction committee, and attending the Black and White Ball at Mills College on March 19.  

When we first started planning this auction, not knowing if it would be in-person, hybrid, or virtual we hoped to raise $60K. As of today, we have raised over $90,000 for our incredible RHS programs!!! Wow!  

The raffle proceeds this year are record-breaking, just shy of $18,000! Congratulations to our raffle winners! Winning tickets were drawn at the event on March 19, and belonged to:

  • Leda Fong (ticket sold by Marc Villanueva) - $500 Visa Gift Card
  • Anthony Pape (ticket sold by Miles & Dillon Pape) - $350 Visa Gift Card 
  • Minda (ticket sold by grandson Joaquin Preciado) - $150 Visa Gift Card 

Selling over $800 in raffle tickets each, our top student sellers Avi Bachelder and Zachariah Wood will each receive $100 in recognition of their tremendous effort. Thank you to all of the students and families for getting out there (or on the phone) and selling tickets to parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends, and co-workers. 

The biggest contributors to our grand total are the Fund-a-Need campaign, auction items, and parent and teacher donated parties. Fund-a-Need, Second Chance Silent Auction items will continue to be open through the end of May at https://paybee.io/@rhsauction. Think we can get our total raised up to $100,000?  Watch for a separate note about party sign-ups, and check out the party offerings on the auction page.

The money raised will make an appreciable difference in the quality of the experience and education our kids will receive.

Finally, we’d like to acknowledge the rockstar cast of characters that made the auction happen.  

The Donations team, led by Rachel Balsley - Jill Oringer, Erica Gomes, Jenny Pfeiffer, Thomas Kuoh, Tracy Herrera; Food team led by Eric Schneider and Kacie Bachelder; Dessert Diva Erin Connolly; Decor, set-up, and clean-up crew led by Celeste Winkel; Wine Collector Extraordinaire Stacey Foster Martz; Production team - Eric Schneider, Jay Wilson, and Chris Rachowicz; Party Guru - Cindy Ciruli; Registration and Guest Services Team lead Shannon Colacchia; Clerks Tarita Whittingham and Aya Allen; rockin’ DJ Delon (Alain Grissette); the RHS Dad’s Club for supplying and serving libations all evening, and last, but not least, our very entertaining and effective auctioneers Dan Ciruli and Ramona Ramirez Higgins. You were all remarkable, thank you!!!

With boundless appreciation,
Emily Wilson and Jen Schneider
2021-2022 Auction Co-Chairs