Annual Benefit FAQs

Why does the IPS Parents’ Association (PA) hold a Benefit?
The Annual Benefit is a fun-filled evening bringing the IPS community together to celebrate our school. The Benefit is not only a fantastic party, but it is also the largest PA fundraising effort of the school year. Over the past three 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 250 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 will be purchased online through Bidding For Good.  If you haven’t already participated in any of IPS’s other events, such as Mom’s Night Out and Dad’s Night Out, you will be asked to create a BiddingforGood 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.

Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as the first 100 tickets purchased will be discounted.  After that, the tickets will be increased by $25.

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 theme is An Evening In Paris – 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 February 1st, auction item winners will receive an email notification. Please follow the signs to “Check-Out” prior to leaving the Benefit to claim any physical items. Please email the IPS Annual Benefit Committee should any issues arise.

Can I bid on the Online Auction while at the Annual Benefit?
This year, in the 2 weeks leading up to the Benefit itself, over 50 wonderful items will begin to be auctioned off ONLINE. The Online Auction will begin on January 18th at 8am and close January 31st at noon.  These items will then be moved to the Benefit where you can continue to bid in person.

We HIGHLY recommend if there are items you desire, enter a maximum bid online. Set it and forget it! This way, you can enjoy your evening. Your maximum bid will be carried over to the event as well.

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. Once the item is taken offline, you maximum bid will be carried over to the Silent Auction at the event. You can always change your bid and monitor the items. We will have people at the event monitoring the auction items and your bids.

What happens if I win an Online Auction item?
After the Silent Auction closes at 10:30pm on February 1st, 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 Benefit Committee should any issues arise.