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Questions About Wheeler's Big Event April 30, 2016
Q. What is Wheeler's Big Event?
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 2016 Big Event will benefit Wheeler and Hamilton students. 

Q. Why do you have an annual fundraiser?
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?
To have a successful evening, we especially need help with outreach, 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 Jody Holliday, 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 and 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?
Although there are many, free, family-centered events at Wheeler throughout the year, for this event, individual tickets are $150 each with couple and sponsorship pricing available.  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

Q. Where is the Big Event held?
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?
Yes. Although not required, we encourage you to put together a table when you RSVP for the event. 

Q. What is the dress for the Big Event?
Cocktail attire – but in 2016 we invite you to showcase your finest New England attire!

Q. Is the Big Event for children?  Can I bring my family?
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, or in performances or other event oriented involvement.