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TBS Auction - Frequently Asked Questions



When is the Auction?

Saturday, April 13, 2019 in the TBS Gym. Doors open at 4:30pm.


What is the schedule for the night?

4:30 Doors open

5:15 1st Silent Section Closes

5:45 2nd Silent Section Closes

6:15 3rd Silent Section Closes - Dinner Begins

7:00 Live Auction Begins


What is the theme?

Our theme is The Secret Garden.


What do people usually wear?

The dress is business casual or festive attire.


How much are we hoping to raise at the Auction?

Our goal is to raise $100,000 to support Tacoma Baptist Schools overall.  We also have a special project we will be raising money for during our FUND AN ITEM portion of the Live auction.


Will the catalog be available before the event?

Yes, we will be sending out a link to the catalog the week of the auction. 


Will there be a chance to see some of the items before the auction?

We will be highlighting some of our items on our Facebook event page.  Make sure you like the Tacoma Baptist Schools Facebook page so you don’t miss out. 


What is the Fund an Item this year?  Coming Soon!

All Fund an Item donations are 100% tax deductible.


What is the menu for the night?

Stay tuned for more information.


Is there dessert?

Absolutely. There will be a Dessert Dash during the live auction.


Can I bring my student to the auction? 

The auction is intended to be an adult event.  There is childcare available onsite for students up to age 12.  Most of our Junior High and High School students are volunteering during the auction. 




Is there childcare available?

The senior class of 2019 is happy to provide a fun, safe environment for your children while you attend “The Secret Garden” 


Time:  4:15 pm until close of Auction

Location:  TBS Library

Cost:  $10 per child (family maximum $25)

Dinner: $5 per child for dinner OR you may send a sack lunch dinner for your child

Ages: Infant- age 13

Contact:  Deborah Van Liew (senior class advisor)

RSVP:  While you are welcome to show up the night of the event, if you know for sure you will be bringing your children, please go ahead and let us know ahead of time for planning purposes.  RSVP names/ages of children as well as if you would like to buy dinner for them.  RSVP to Deborah Van Liew (contact information above).



How much are tickets?

Tickets can be purchased for $40/ticket and include a catered dinner.


How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at the front office at TBS or by calling the auction office at 253.475.7226 x203.  Tickets can also be purchased via our online ticketing site.


What does it mean to purchase or reserve a table?

Reserving a table is a great way to have fun with friends and family and get people outside of our school community on campus to support TBS. A table seats 10 people. When you purchase/reserve a table, you are responsible for inviting family, friends, church members, or fellow parents to sit with you.


To purchase or reserve a table, please contact the auction office (253.475.7226 x203) or speak to Brenda Talen at the front desk. 


Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Yes, but it is strongly encouraged that you purchase your tickets ahead of time to ensure we will have enough seating for everyone attending the auction. We cannot guarantee seating at one of our round tables for any tickets sold the night of the event. 



What kind of volunteering opportunities are still available?

Auction Meetings:


TBD - Item Verification - Auction Offices (we will be verifying we have all items entered)


TBD - Item Preparation - Auction Offices

Get a sneak peek at many of our silent and live items by volunteering to help us organize items and prepare them for Auction set-up. RSVP


Friday, April 12th - Auction Set-Up - 8:00am-8:00pm - Gym

Help us stage silent and live auction items, arrange tables, decorate the gym, and accomplish a variety of other tasks as we prepare for the big night. Stop by for 30 minutes or three hours. Any and all help is appreciated during set-up. RSVP


Saturday, April 13th - Volunteer at the Auction!

We are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks throughout the Auction itself. If you're not planning to attend the event, this is one way you can help to make our Auction a big success. RSVP


Click here to RSVP or call us at 253.475.7226 x203 to let us know that you're planning to volunteer.If plans change last minute, feel free to simply drop by and volunteer for an hour or two. Either way, we would love to have your help as we prepare for this important fundraising event. 



If you have questions, please contact Sandy Eldore at or Melissa Andrews at


Thank you for helping to make the 2019 Auction a success!