Important Auction Dates & News

auction_bannerGet on Board with our
Rockin’ Riverboat Ride Dinner & Auction
Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Multnomah Athletic Club

Experience the bounty of Portland at the Southwest Charter School’s (SWCS) 5th Annual Dinner and Auction. Showcasing a wide range of items from the quirky to the fabulous, past donations have included European vacations, downtown dinners, bike pedal tours, and festive wine tastings. With over 200 guests in attendance, this event is the SWCS’s largest annual fundraiser. Come join us for a rockin’ evening of music, riverboat games, great grub, and more!

Important Dates!

  • March 7th: Auction Donation Deadline (one item per family) and Procurement Prize Drawings
  • March 13th: Wall of Wine donation collection begins on Thursdays
  • March 14th: Deadline to turn in Sign Up Party Forms
  • March 17th: Auction Tickets go on sale online
  • April 3rd: Classroom Art Project Preview in the Great Room, plus Wall of Wine Prize Drawing

Our SWCS Community Appreciates its Teachers & Staff!
Special thanks to Tiffany & Chris Cox for donating 17 two-night stays for each of the SWCS teachers and staff at their Roaring River Retreat vacation home on Mt. Hood (! Each time a paddle is raised on auction night (donation level to be determined), our community will help one of our hardworking teachers & staff members earn a getaway! Get ready to raise your paddles high on auction night to show our teachers & staff how much we appreciate them.

Help Us Fill Our Auction Tables & Ask Your Favorite Businesses To Donate!
Donation Deadline March 7th (during student conferences)
Every SWCS family is asked to procure one donated item for the auction. Whether it’s a $10 gift certificate from your favorite take-out restaurant, a week at your parent’s timeshare, or hosting a sign up party, every donation benefits our kids and our auction is only as successful as the donations we receive. All donations should be placed in the donation bin (will a completed donation form attached) next to Kathy’s desk.

This year, to reward you, we’ve added a few procurement drawings on Friday, March 7:

Drawing #1:
Turn in your donation form (including sign-up party forms!) by Friday, March 7
& your name will be entered to win a dinner gift basket from SWCS family owned,
Verde Cocina restaurant.

Drawing #2:
Turn in multiple donation forms & your name will be entered EACH time to win an Obagi Skin Care products package worth $350(including Obagi C Cleansing Gel, Balancing Toner, Clarifying Serum & C-Therapy Night Cream) from Pearl MedSpa. This package contains up to 6 months of top-of-the-line skin care!

SWCS Auction Donation Forms
Look for auction donation forms in the plastic envelope on the auction board in the front hallway & on the bulletin board outside of your child’s classroom at school OR under the ‘Donate an Item’ tab online at

Carry donation forms in your car and ask the businesses that your family frequents on a regular basis if they’d donate goods, services or gift cards in support of our school and our kids.

Popular Auction items include:

  • Restaurant gift cards (our best seller!)
  • Summer Camp Experiences
  • Classes (painting, sewing, sports, cooking, wine making, etc)
  • Overnight stays at local or far away hotels
  • Outdoor Adventures

Rockin’ Riverboat Ride Sponsorships Available
What local businesses do you know that might want to join SW Charter School family owned Roaring River Retreat ( and Path Construction, as well as Hillside Imports, Pearl MedSpa, and Tilt Restaurant in sponsoring the auction? Event sponsorships help us to minimize event expenses and maximize our fundraising.

Each sponsorship level includes free tickets to the auction, VIP perks, and is a smart and inexpensive way for participating businesses to achieve recognition & promotion within the SWCS community and beyond.

All of our sponsors are featured both online and in print, in our full length color auction catalog. Featuring fun and informative articles about SWCS and our surrounding community, it is just one aspect of our many promotions which will reach thousands of people.

This year, we are proud to announce that our Rockin’ Riverboat Ride will be promoted live on 92.3 fm KGON. With enormous and widespread community support, our auction event is not only our largest fundraiser, but a key opportunity for sponsors to get to know their community, to get involved, and to give back. The entire community benefits!

Sponsorship information can be found under the ‘Be A Sponsor’ tab online at School Auction Website OR contact Sarah Mutal.

Reminder! Classroom Art Project $ Due
Classroom Auction Art Projects are underway and we’re asking for a contribution of $5 per child to pay for supplies. There is a manila envelope for this outside of each classroom door. Susan’s 3/4 class has completed their collections but many classrooms have not collected nearly enough. Please mark your contribution with your child’s name. Thank you to those who have already contributed! Note: Zidell Companies has generously sponsored the 7/8th grade project. No $ is due for 7/8th grade students.

Get Inspired & Dress the Part
Visit our Pinterest page for amazing Riverboat era themed costume ideas from the grand to the gritty!

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