Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation – 2020 Auction "It's For The Kids"
Auction Ends: Mar 16, 2020 09:00 PM PDT

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MPAEF 2020 Auction "It's For The Kids"

Important Details to Know:

  • Auction Party Event is on Saturday March 7, 2020 (see Live Event details listed below).
  • Online Auction opens at 11:00 am on Wednesday March 11, 2020.
  • Online Auction ends at 9:00 pm on Monday March 16, 2020.
  • All kid parties/events and teacher-hosted parties/events will be available to everyone via the online auction. 
  • Additionally – a limited number of remaining items that did not sell-out at the March 7th event will be available for bid during the online auction (example:  tickets to Adult Parties).
  • To make a donation to this years Fund-a-Need in support of the Visual & Performing Arts programs at our schools, click the "Donate" button to the right in the "Donate Cash" section.

Live Event Details

Order Tickets Sat Mar 7, 2020
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM PST
Computer History Museum 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, CA 94043 Add to My Calendar
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Tickets on sale now! 


This year's event offers 2 ways to join the fun and support our schools:

Dinner Plus Experience:  $225/ticket

Arrive at 5:30 PM for a sit-down dinner, exclusive live auction, open bar and early access to the silent auction - followed by music, dancing and late-night snacks!

Auction Party Only:  $125/ticket

This party ticket gives you access to the silent auction starting at 7:30 PM including open bar, music, dancing and late-night snacks. Note: Ignore the question about a meal choice during the ticket purchase process.


Last year's event sold out in record time.  Purchase your tickets now so that you don't miss out on attending this once-a-year event!  

For any event related questions, please email 

Online Auction Guidelines & Rules:


There are three ways that auction items sell: (1) “Highest Bidder Wins,” (2) “Top 2 Bidders Win” and (3) “Buy a Spot.”

(1) Highest Bidder Wins

Auction items labeled “highest bidder wins” will sell to the highest bidder -- the person who has bid the highest amount of money at the time the auction ends. If you hold the highest bid at closing time, your credit card will be charged and you will receive an email from BiddingFor­Good, which will be your only receipt. You will not receive another receipt from the MPAEF office.

(2) Top 2 Bidders Win 

Online Auction items labeled “Top 2 Bidders Win” are processed manually. If you would like to check the status of your online bid (for example, if you have received an automated message that you have been outbid) to see if you are the second highest bidder, click on “Bidding His­tory” in BiddingForGood and look to see if your initials are second in line. Once bidding has closed, please wait for us to manually process any second-place bids for these “Top 2 Bidders Win” items. You will receive this receipt within 72 hours of the end of the Online Auction.

(3) Buy a Spot (Per Person)

“Buy a Spot” is a buy-it-now style of selling. The “Buy a Spot” auction items have a limited number of spots that sell for a fixed price, such as a Kids’ Back to School Party with 20 spots for $50 per person. Please note that each spot purchased is for one person (e.g., one child OR one adult), therefore you will need to buy multiple spots for a family or couple. When you bid on a “Buy a Spot” item, you are buying it outright in the moment you make the bid. It is the same as making a purchase at an online merchant site, even though it is called a bid. When your purchase is processed, you will receive an email from BiddingForGood, which will be your only receipt. When a “Buy a Spot” event sells out, no additional spots are available. For some “Buy a Spot” parties/events, there may be a waitlist available if you were unable to purchase a spot. The waitlist will be on the bid sheet during the event and/or you can inquire by calling the MPAEF office at (650) 325-0100.


All items are sold “AS IS” and all sales are final. A bid on an item constitutes a non-refundable, binding agreement to purchase the item. All auction purchases are final and not refundable or exchangeable. Gift certificates are not redeemable for cash. Any dispute or claim arising from or relating to the pur­chase is between the donor and the winning bidder. MPAEF recommends that you review the value, use, restrictions and expiration dates before bidding to avoid any potential disappointment. Please study the descriptions of auction items for dates, special conditions and limitations. Please bid careful­ly.


Please keep your BiddingForGood email receipt for winning items, as it is the only receipt you will be provided. Watch for this receipt in the email address you gave in your BiddingForGood registration. Auction items are almost never tax deductible. If you buy an item that is available generally in the marketplace for more than its face value, the difference might be deductible. The amount of the auc­tion price in excess of the item’s fair market value may qualify as a charitable deduction. Consult your tax advisor for specific details.


Unless otherwise specified, all auction items and services must be redeemed from their donors by March 16, 2021 (one year from the Online Auction end date). Buyers of services, parties and other activities are responsible for contacting the donor to make arrangements. Please watch your email for your receipt and a notification of winning from BiddingForGood.  In consideration of our generous donors, please observe the limit on the maximum number of partic­ipants for an auction item and do not request duplication of an item from a donor. MPCSD teachers and staff are not permitted to duplicate their offers unless prior arrangements are made with the Auc­tion Committee.

Please be advised that activities, services and products in this auction are not sponsored by the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation. MPAEF cannot guarantee your purchases and accepts no liabil­ity or responsibility for any activities, services or products purchased at the auction, including but not limited to failure of delivery, failure of performances and/or claims for personal injury. Both event hosts and bidders/attendees understand that MPAEF is neither responsible nor liable for any incident, including injuries or property damage, that occurs in relation to any privately hosted party or activity.


Winning bidders can pick up their items from the MPAEF office (located at the MPCSD School District Office at Encinal Elementary School in the TERC building) on the following days:

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:30am
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 from 2:30 to 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:30am

MPAEF will hold unclaimed auction items until May 20, 2020. After this date, unclaimed items may be re-auctioned to the next highest bidder. For any questions regarding auction item pick-up, please feel free to call the MPAEF office at (650) 325-0100.