Support Our Future at the Griffin School Foundation Biennial Auction


John F. Kennedy said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” This statement resonates in the mission of the Griffin School Foundation, a nonprofit that provides support for the students of the Griffin School District in Olympia. Help them in their mission by attending their Biennial Auction: The Great Steamboat Campout, September 23, 2023 at the Steamboat Tennis and Athletic Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Purchase your tickets today!

table with a black tablecloth and two large trays of appetizers with a sign that says, 'caprese salad skewers with balsamic glaze. Gluten free.'
Sample amazing appetizers, mingle and bid for a good cause at the Griffin School Foundation auction. Photo courtesy: Allison Barker

“It’s for the Kids!” is the motto of the Foundation explains Allison Barker, who does social media and auction marketing for the Foundation. Started in 1999, the Foundation has been holding an auction since 2000 to raise monies for several programs that benefit the kindergarten through eighth grade students and their teachers in the Griffin School District. “Since 2000, we’ve raised over $1 million through our auction and fundraising efforts,” shares Barker. “We hope to provide a fun community event and raise funds to support our local kids.”

“Our scope for 2023 is to focus on doing all that we can for the kids and Griffin School community with the generosity of our supporters,” shares Hayden Milligan, Griffin School Foundation president. “We’re committed to maximizing our use of donor dollars to impact the kids of Griffin!”

Funds from this year’s auction will be distributed in several ways. Classroom grants allow teachers to provide more educational materials and opportunities to students; monies can go to improvements to the school that benefit everyone; and they can be used to boost special education and athletic programs.

Eighth and 12th graders who attended at least one year of school within the district are eligible to apply to scholarships that are funded through the auction proceeds as well. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000 and help students attain their higher education goals.

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Monies from the Griffin School Foundation auction benefit the students and teachers of the Griffin School District in Olympia. Photo courtesy: Allison Barker

Finally, the monies also support the Principal’s Checkbook Fund, which Miligan says serves students in the school with real time financial support that is otherwise not funded.

Presenting Sponsor Kell-Chuck Glass

This year’s Presenting Sponsor for the Griffin School Foundation Auction is Kell-Chuck Glass. For over 40 years, Kell-Chuck glass has installed windows in Olympia and surrounding areas for both residential and commercial buildings. Their experience means they can help you with any situation and come up with an affordable option for your needs – whether it’s a shower door, storm windows or a specialty project.

“Kell-Chuck Glass is a local, family-owned company that started in 1980,” shares Barker. “They have been wonderful supporters of the Griffin School Foundation. If you need new windows, or a window repair – they’re your company! Reliable, thorough and provide quality work.”

Griffin School Foundation Auction

Education is the bedrock of building and supporting our community’s future leaders,” shares Teri Weaver, Biennial Auction chair. “Griffin is fortunate to be a small district, as one of the few K-8 schools in the state and we are committed to supporting our students as they are the leaders of tomorrow.”

Tickets are on sale now for the Biennal Auction, happing on September 23. The 21-and-over event is sure to be a night of fun and excitement, with both a live and silent auction. Tickets are $50 each and include a Griffin School Foundation camp chair, heavy appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and hard seltzers will be available for purchase.

Table with a seahawks cooler full of bottles, snacks and other items
This year’s auction items are incredible and include a trip to Maui! Photo courtesy: Allison Barker

Some of the amazing items up for auction include a trip to Maui – who doesn’t want to go to Hawaii? – excavation services, Alderbrook Resort stay, house cleaning service, a private comedy show from local comedian Lynette Manning and much more!

Nelson Madela believed that, “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” Make a different today by purchasing your Griffin School Foundation auction tickets. Can’t attend but still want to support? Follow the ticket link to make a donation. Together, we can make a difference today for tomorrow’s leaders.

Griffin School Foundation Auction
Saturday, September 23, 2023
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club
3505 Steamboat Island Road Northwest, Olympia
Tickets on sale now


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