Saturday, April 25, 6 pm. at The Van Norman Field House, Wheeler Farm
Drawing! $100 per ticket or $400 for 5 tickets
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 PartnersSilver - $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
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.
Look At Our Live Auction Items!
Big Event Auction Needs You to Donate and Bid!
|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
This year, we are working with Auctioneer Kathy Kingston, one of the most charismatic and well-known auctioneers in the country. You will enjoy seeing her in action at The Big Event.
As you know, the Auction is a Wheeler community-inspired, community-led, and community-sponsored event that depends on YOU, our Wheeler Parents, to make it both fun and successful. The most critical component of a great Auction is a collection of AMAZING, ENTICING, EXTRAORDINARY auction items! This is where you come in.
We need every parent to think about how he or she can contribute to this critical fundraising effort that benefits our children and our School. We all have connections to companies or individuals who might make a donation to our Auction. Please consider the people you know - both personally and professionally - who could support us with a donation.
So, why is it important to support the Auction? First and foremost, funds raised at the Auction are directly allocated to making Wheeler the exceptional educational experience for our children that we all cherish. These funds go to areas like curriculum development, staff continuing education, infrastructure enhancement, financial aid, and other crucial needs.
There are many possibilities for auction items that will get attention. We have some favorites, but please use your creativity and let us know what ideas you have! We are especially interested in items that have not been offered in the past.
THE WISH LIST FOR THE WHEELER AUCTION:
1. Sports Fantasy Package (ex. First Pitch at a Red Sox Game)
2. Once In A Lifetime Experience (ex. Meet & Greet with Meghan Trainor)
3. Explore the World (ex. African Safari)
4. Weekend Getaway (ex. Napa Valley Wine Tour)
5. Private Party (ex. Private Wine Tasting in Your Home with Entertainment) 6. Auto lease for a year or Jeep/Convertible lease for the summer
7. One week vacation (at e.g. beach house, ski condo, European flat, etc.)
8. Concert & Sporting Event Tickets
9. Visits to sets of well-known TV shows
10. Brand new computer, laptop or tablet
11. Beautiful artwork by well-known artist, including paintings, sculptures or
12. Meet and Dine with a Celebrity
We truly appreciate your time and effort to help make this year's Auction a fantastic success. Thank you in advance for any connections you can help us make.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential donation, please contact one of us.
See you on April 25th at The Big Event!
Jennifer Andruzzi Judith Dickstein Remondi
Tel: 508-339-6470 Tel: 781-444-2255
|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.
Interview of Alison Chaltas, Wheeler Parent of Will ’18 and Kat ’20.
Q: When did you first come to Wheeler? Why did you choose Wheeler among all the schools you could choose from?
Having just moved to Providence from Stamford CT in August, we’ve now been part of the Wheeler family for seven month. Our situation was a bit unusual as we were relocating back home to RI or the South Coast of MA. This Fall River girl and her Brown grad husband were ready to leave metro NY for real New England's less hectic pace, closer to family and GREAT schools. We explored independent and public schools from Stamford to the Cape and found Wheeler’s mix of challenging academics, personal touch, amazing music and sports for everyone fit our family just right.
Q: Why did you decide to donate to The Big Event Auction?
As two public school kids who greatly benefitted from financial aid in our lives, we get the need and know how important it is for those who can contribute to do so. We’re just restarting our careers in RI and didn’t feel we could be big donors this year. BUT we do have connections and assets that can contribute in many ways including as auction items. So we opened a bottle of wine and started brainstorming around what we could donate this year. The ones we thought we be most appealing would be our special escape home in Southern Vermont and access to the totally amazing private skiing and golf of the Hermitage Club. At first we weren’t sure how to pull it together but a quick solicitation of the Hermitage Club easily led to them donating an amazingly generous one year membership. Then we realized we should donate something ourselves and are offering a summer/fall foliage week of hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and more in the Green Mountains.
Q: Having only been here for the last school year, what do you like best about Wheeler so far?
The people. The people. The people. The kids classmates, soccer and basketball teammates. jazz ensemble and chorus friends welcomed Will and Kat right away. The 7th and 9th grade teaching teams have been amazing supportive of our new kids. Their advisors Raffi Donoian and Vanessa O’Driscoll have so helped us navigate Wheeler and made us feel at home very swiftly. The administration and staff have been so patient with all our newbie needs and gone so far above and beyond the excellence we expected to be just downright amazing.
Q: What made you and your husband decide to attend The Big Event?
The honest answer is you guilted us into it:) But once you did that we’ve started chatting with others who have never attended; and are looking forward to getting together a really fun group for the evening.
Volunteer Committee for Wheeler's Big Event 2015
Big Event 2015 Co-Chairs
and Jennifer Andruzzi, Honorary Chair
Marketing & Decor Co-Chairs
Live and Silent Auction Co-Chairs
Judith Dickstein Remondi
A Horse Is Loose On The Playground!
Questions About Wheeler's Big Event
|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 2015 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 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?|
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 email@example.com.|
|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. 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?|
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?|
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.