Spring Benefit FAQs

Spring Benefit FAQs

 Why does the Parents’ Association of IPS hold a Benefit?
The Spring Benefit is a fun-filled evening bringing the IPS community together to celebrate our school. The Spring Benefit is not only a fantastic party but it is also the largest PA fundraising effort of the school year. Over the past 3 years, the funds raised from the Benefit and its associated auction have provided financial aid for over 160 children, supported student and faculty enrichment, and contributed to the long-term viability of the school.

 Who attends the Benefit?
All IPS faculty, staff, parents of alumni, current, and incoming students, and supporters of the school are invited to the Benefit. We provide complimentary tickets to all IPS staff to attend the Benefit. Last year, over 300 guests attended the Benefit so we hope you will join us!

 What happens at the Benefit?
The evening begins with cocktails and bites and an opportunity to bid on Silent Auction items. Further into the evening, we will have an exciting Live Auction and music provided by IPS parent DJ Hesta Prynn. Following the program, we will enjoy more cocktails and bites, and conclude the Silent Auction.

 How do I buy tickets to the Benefit?
Tickets can be purchased online here. If you haven’t already participated in any of IPS’s other events, such as, The Nutcracker Raffle, Mom’s Night Out, and Dad’s Night Out, you will be asked to create a Bidding for Good account and enter your credit card details in order to purchase your Benefit tickets. Once you have created this account, you will also be able to bid on our Online Auction which opens on April 21st.

Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as tickets purchased at the door will incur a $25 surcharge.

 Is there an opportunity to sponsor the Benefit?
Absolutely! We provide complimentary tickets to all IPS staff to attend the Benefit. Any event sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. Faculty Sponsors and Event Sponsors will be listed in the Event Program and the IPS Annual Giving Report. These contributions are fully tax deductible. Click here to be a Faculty and/or Event Sponsor.

Should you prefer to contribute an alternative amount, we welcome any contribution to help defray the cost

of the Benefit. Click here to donate!

What is attire for the Benefit?

This year’s Benefit is the Red Lantern Gala – wear your festive attire!

 How will I be bidding at the Benefit?
On the evening of the Benefit, Silent Auction bidding will be conducted via handwritten bid sheets and Live Auction bidding and pledging will be conducted via paddle raising.

 What happens if I win a Live and/or Silent Auction item?
After the silent auction closes at 10:30pm on April 28th, auction item winners will receive email notification. Please follow the signs to “Check-Out” prior to leaving the Benefit to claim any physical items. Please email the IPS Spring Benefit Committee (springbenefit@ipsnyc.org) should any issues arise.

Can I bid on the Online Auction while at the Spring Benefit?
This year, in the 1 week leading up to the Benefit itself, over 300 wonderful items will be auctioned off EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE. This way, auction participation is accessible even for families who are unable to attend the Benefit. The Online Auction will begin on April 21st at 8am and close April 28th at midnight.

While you can bid on this Online Auction at the Benefit via your mobile device, we HIGHLY recommend if there are online items you desire, to enter a Maximum Bid. Set it and forget it! This way, you can enjoy your evening and bid on the Silent and Live Auction items at the Benefit.

 Can I set a Maximum Bid on my Online Auction item so I don’t have to worry about it at the Benefit?
Absolutely, and we recommend it! By setting a Maximum Bid, the BiddingforGood system places incremental bids on your behalf – each bid being the minimum increase above any competing bids, up to your Maximum Bid. You can set your BiddingforGood account to notify you when you have been outbid to ensure you do not miss out on your Online Auction item.

 What happens if I win an Online Auction item?
After the silent auction closes at 10:30pm on April 28th, winners will receive email notification. Online Auction items can be picked up at your IPS location on the date noted on your email notification. Please email the IPS Spring Benefit Committee (springbenefit@ipsnyc.org) should any issues arise.