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Hats and Bow Ties, My! My! Big Event Photo Album
Be A Big Event Sponsor!
Join us as a Big Event Sponsor!  Download the sponsorship form on this page or contact Patricia McLaughlin, Head of Institutional Advancement, for more information.
Sponsorship Levels
(see downloadable form below for benefits associated with each level)
Gold - $10,000
Liz & Michael Perik, Higher Education Partners
Silver - $5,000
Esposito Designs, Inc.
Leadership Development Worldwide LLP
Mr. John F. Remondi & Ms. Judith Dickstein Remondi
West Bay Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, Inc.
Bronze - $2,500
Groov-Pin, Inc. Jacky Beshar & Scot Jones
Tremblay's Bus Company, LLC
Benefactor - $1,250
Bank Rhode Island
Cardi Corporation
Mr. & Mrs. Harley Frank
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey K. Hanna
Passport Automotive Group
Ron & Pam Rotondo
Program Advertiser at $750 or $500
T.A. Dumas & Company LLC
Triple Crown Member - $500
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Andruzzi
David Bedrick '92
Mr. & Mrs. Edward M. Cimilluca (Carol Graves '59)
Meredith Curren & Gary Frishman
Dr. Brian E. Duff & Dr. Sharon E. Gibson
Mary Farrell & Cliff White
Dr. D.B. & Amy Hebb
Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP
Kimco Sales,  Inc.
Lori & James Lousararian
Mark Morse Law Office
Rita & Bob Nowak
Dr. Edward '89 & Gita Pensa
SAGE Dining Services, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey T. Smith
Mr. & Mrs. David J. Tente
Big Event 2015 Sponsorship Form
Download this form for more information on the sponsorship opportunities available for you, your family or company at Wheeler's Big Event. 


Thank You Sponsors!
Drawing! $100 per ticket or $400 for 5 tickets
Big Event and Clothing Sale Together Raised $320,000 for Wheeler!
Big Event 2015 Co-Chairs
Kim Esposito
Rita Nowak
and Jennifer Andruzzi, Honorary Chair

Marketing & Decor Co-Chairs
Donna Templeton
Leslie Tente

Sponsorship Chair
Susan Dickstein
Jeffrey Hanna
 
Live and Silent Auction Co-Chairs
Jen Andruzzi
Judith Dickstein Remondi


See our Clothing & More Sale webpage here!

Look At Our Live Auction Items!
Taylor Swift, the Patriots & A House in Italy?
Download our LIVE Auction Items!  New ones and some yearly favorites!


Big Event Auction Needs You to Donate and Bid!
The Big Event Auction!
A Message from our Auction Co-Chairs
Judi and I are thrilled to be teaming up again this year, this time to Co-Chair the Big Event Auction.  It's been a long winter, and we are excited to celebrate Spring with you on April 25 at The Wheeler Farm! Jen
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PARENT INTERVIEW: Alison Chaltas
We asked one of our parent Big Event Auction donors, Alison Chaltas CP '18, '20, to share her thoughts on why she got involved with Wheeler and why she is supporting the Big Event! READ HER STORY AT THE LINK BELOW.

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A Horse Is Loose On The Playground!
Questions About Wheeler's Big Event
Q. What is Wheeler's Big Event?
A. 
The Big Event is Wheeler's annual fundraiser gala and auction. The evening begins with a cocktail hour and silent auction, a live auction on unique packages and a Fund A Student’s Future giving appeal followed by dinner, dancing and dessert. Proceeds from the 2015 Big Event will benefit Wheeler and Hamilton students. 

Q. Why do you have an annual fundraiser?
A. 
Tuition alone cannot provide the exceptional educational experience our students need. We need additional fundraising support to insure the students have the best teachers possible, state of the art facilities and technology, unique programming (like our Aerie program) and varied athletic and extracurricular activities that will prepare them for their future success. 

Q. How can I help at the Big Event?
A. 
To have a successful evening, we especially need help securing sponsorships, amazing auction items or in kind donations so that the majority of funds raised can support The Wheeler School. Since it is a community wide event, parents from all divisions, alumni and Wheeler supporters are all invited to help.  Contact Sloane DeAngelis , Director of Parent Relations or your Parent Association class representative to volunteer.

Q. Is attendance limited to Wheeler community only?
A. No. It is a fun evening that we hope you bring your friends, business acquaintances or other guests interested  in supporting our school.  

Q. What does it cost to attend the Big Event?  Why do you charge a ticket price?
A. 
Although there are many, free, family-centered events throughout the year, for this event, individual tickets are $150 each. A couple can attend the event and be a listed in this year's special Triple Crown Circle for $500. The ticket prices assist in offsetting the costs of the event and the bidding on silent and live auction items and participating in our Fund a Student’s Future appeal generate the funds to support the school.
 

Q. Are there sponsorship opportunities that are showcased at the event?
A. Yes. There are various sponsorship levels that each have specific  types of recognition in our community. We offer sponsorship opportunities that are showcased on monitors and in our program that evening, some offer visibility on our website, printed materials,  etc.  As well as recognition, sponsorship levels include tickets and are at various levels: $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1250. We also have advertising levels of $750 and $500 for full page and half page advertising in our program.  Contact Patricia McLaughlin, Head of Institutional Advancement at Wheeler, for sponsorship information. You can reach her either at 401-528-2180 or patriciamclaughlin@wheelerschool.org.

Q. Where is the Big Event held?
A. 
Each year volunteers from our community transform the Van Norman Field House at the Wheeler Farm into a spectacular gala space. The Van Norman Field House is located at 640 Prospect St. in Seekonk, MA.

Q. Is there assigned seating at the Big Event?
A. 
Yes. Although not required, we encourage you to put together a table when you RSVP for the event. This year, in honor of our Kentucky Derby theme, if you put together a table and have RSVP’d by March 30, you will be an official Table Jockey for the event and win a bottle of champagne for your table.

Q. What is the dress for the Big Event?
A. 
Cocktail attire – but this year hats and bow ties are welcome as we toast the Kentucky Derby!

Q. Is the Big Event for children?  Can I bring my family?
A. 
Unlike the many family centered events we have throughout the year, due to the nature of this event, it is an adult event. Some Upper School students may participate as greeters, performances or other event oriented involvement.