Our Big Events
Having fun while raising money!
Our community is creative, thoughtful, daring and organized. Every year volunteers working with the Development Office create events and sales that express our community's values while raising the dollars our school needs. Some events have continued for decades...others come and go with the talents and interests of the volunteers who create them. Above all, the work is deeply fulfilling and a lot of fun.
Spring Benefit Concert & Silent Auction
The Spring Benefit is our school’s biggest event, held each year in the Coach Barn at the landmark Shelburne Farms. It features an impressive musical performance by the school’s adult and student choirs and by our student orchestra, delicious food and drinks, and a fabulous, huge, silent auction. Parents are involved in many ways at this event: in addition to attending and enjoying the benefit itself, parents sing in the choir; donate goods and services to the Auction; and serve on committees to collect donations for the Auction, decorate the Coach Barn, and prepare and serve food.
Estimated yearly income: $22,000-$27,000
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Each fall, the parents of the LCWS community participate in selling holiday wreaths and several other festive items made locally, many of them made by school parents. We do not ask students to sell products; we also do not participate in “pre-packaged school sales” where half of the proceeds go to a distant supplier. We hope that every family participates in selling these beautiful items. In addition, parents join together for a wreath decorating party when the wreaths arrive!
Estimated yearly income: $13,000-$15,000
On the first Saturday of December, the school is transformed for a European-style fair, complete with craft-making activities for children, live music performances, a café serving hearty and delicious food, games and activities for older children and adults, and local craft vendors. The parents of each class take responsibility for one aspect of the fair (decorations, craft room, parking, etc.), making the fair truly a whole-community event.
Estimated yearly income: $4,500-$7,500
We love this event! Held in early fall, over 200 families contribute items, filling the school with room after room of fabulous stuff. There are books, furniture, designer clothes and shoes, silver, glass and wicker, clothes for children and adults, and all the household stuff, sporting goods, etc. anyone could imagine. There is a boutique room with higher-end clothing, jewelry, and other items. You could buy a whole wardrobe for a child! What makes our rummage sale especially fun is that there is so much stuff and prices are low. Scores of volunteers help plan and staff the sale.
Estimated yearly income: $7,000-$10,000