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Friday, February 23, 2018

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Thanks to everyone who has sent in an RSVP. We need to hear from you, yes or no, so that we know how much food to order, and more! If you haven’t yet done so, RSVP now. Otherwise you will be contacted tomorrow for a response. Register by 11:59 p.m. this Sunday, February 25; we’ll randomly pick a name from those registered and the winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. If you have problems registering, please contact


Volunteers are also still needed for event setup, especially this Wednesday and Thursday! Please sign up if you can lend a hand.

Here’s what awaits you on Saturday, March 3: you will enter the event through the Middle School Atrium beginning at 5:30 p.m. At the registration tables you will check in and collect your seating information and bidder number. Please note that at 6:15 the registration tables will no longer be staffed by volunteers; you will be responsible for picking up your materials from the table.

Then, you may think you're entering the Gym, but you will be uplifted into the enchanted world of Burgundy Soars – Rising to the Future. Keep your bidder number handy. You'll use your number to bid on items in the silent and live auctions and to enjoy the various games, raffles and festivities. There are many choices, from $25 balloon pops to deluxe Taylor Swift tickets and everything in between, you’ll find auction items in every budget to bid on.

Pick a Balloon: This is an opportunity through which you can purchase gift certificates to some of your favorite local restaurants in $25, $50, and $100 values. At the auction, look for people with paper balloons on clipboards.

Burgundy Raffle and Best of the Live Raffle: You can purchase raffle tickets online via the reservation form, but if you'd like another opportunity to increase your chances of winning one of these great prizes, look for the raffle ticket table immediately upon entering the Gym. Burgundy Raffle tickets are 3 for $25 or 10 for $75. Best of the Live tickets are $50 and the winner will be able to choose the live auction item of his or her choice. You do not have to be present to win; purchasers of Best of the Live tickets must indicate their live auction item of choice before the auction. Peruse our live auction offerings and take your pick!

Cocktail Bar: Delight in specialty cocktail drinks ($10) from parents Nadia Grenier and Amanda Traub.

Fine Wine Bar: Thanks to the generosity of parents Mary and Chris Sexton, you'll be able to purchase fine wine by the bottle. Both reds and whites will be available.

Silent Auction: You'll see a wide range of items donated by students, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, alumni, and local businesses. Bidding for all silent auction items will close at 7:15 p.m.

This is an elegant, adults-only evening. Put on your cocktail attire, and plan ahead so you can enjoy yourself and know you have a safe way home. Consider establishing a designated driver, or plan to book a ride with a service like Lyft or Uber, Alexandria Yellow Cab (703.549.2500 or, or Drivers Incorporated (will drive both you and your car home, 703.994.3931).