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Wheeler's Big Event

Save the Date! April 25, 2015, 6 pm
RSVP Early! Be A Table Jockey!
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
Silver - $5,000
Bronze - $2,500
Benefactor - $1,250
Program Advertiser at $750 or $500
Triple Crown Member - $500
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.


Volunteer Committee for Wheeler's Big Event 2015
Big Event 2015 Co-Chairs
Jennifer Andruzzi
Kim Esposito
Rita Nowak

Marketing & Decor co-chairs
Donna Templeton
Leslie Tente

Sponsorship chair
Jeffrey Hanna 

Live and Silent Auction chair
Jen Andruzzi


Questions About Wheeler's Big Event
Q. What is Wheeler's Big Event?
A. Wheeler's annual special event fundraiser gala and auction to support the people and programs of Wheeler and Hamilton. Proceeds from the 2015 Big Event will benefit The Wheeler School.

Q. Where is the Big Event held?
A. Each year, a volunteer committee transforms the Wheeler School Van Norman Field House at the Wheeler Farm as the location for the Big Event.  The Van Norman Field House is located at 640 Prospect St., Seekonk, MA.

Q. Is the Big Event for children?  Can I bring my family?
A. The Big Event is an adult evening.  Some Upper School students assist as greeters, with the performances or in auction-running needs.  There are numerous other family-oriented events during the school year such as the SICA Potluck or Field Day. 

Q. Is attendance limited to Wheeler community only?
A. We are happy to have you bring your adult friends, business acquaintances or other philanthropic friends to Wheeler's Big Event.  

Q. What is the dress for the Big Event?
A. Depending on the theme, dress may be sparkly cocktail attire, theme-oriented (rock and roll was a theme one year) or purple and gold to fit with our school colors.  The 2015 Kentucky Derby theme invites big hats and bow ties if you wish!

Q. How can I help at the Big Event?
A. Parents from all divisions as well as alumni are invited to volunteer to help.  Contact the Wheeler Institutional Advancement Office or your Parent Association class rep to volunteer. We especially look for help securing major sponsorships, amazing auction items or other ways to underwrite costs so that the majority of funds can support Wheeler.

Q. What does it cost to attend the Big Event?  Why do you charge a ticket price?
A. The majority of school events at Wheeler are free: Fall Family Fest, Hamilton's "Mind Your p's & q's Party," the SICA Potluck and the new lectures and events in the Gilder Center for the Arts to name but a few.  Wheeler's Big Event is the school's only special event fundraising gala and auction. Tickets are $150 each or $500 per couple to join this year's Triple Crown level. Other sponsorship levels come with ticket and sponsorship packages at $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1250 and program advertising levels of $750 and $500.  Contact Patricia McLaughlin, Head of Institutional Advancement at Wheeler, for sponsorship information.

Q. Is there assigned seating at the Big Event?
A. Yes. We encourage you to put together a table when you RSVP for the Big Event.  In fact, those who serve as Table Jockeys for this year's Kentucky Derby theme and who have their table filled and RSVP'd by March 13 this year, will win a free bottle of champagne that night for their table!

Q. What happens at the Big Event?
A. The Big Event is a gala and auction format. There is a cocktail hour and silent auction to start, then a dinner and program portion, followed by a Live Auction and finishing with dancing and dessert.
See photos from last year's Big Event!