ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION NEWS

THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR AUCTION LEADERS

Dear ICCS Families and Supporters,


We are less than 12 days away from the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction. For the first time in ICCS school history, we are hosting a completely online auction fundraiser. While we are sad to miss the opportunity to gather in-person for the annual PTO Auction, we are excited about the possibilities that a virtual auction offers. With easy-to-use electronic bidding technology in place, our virtual auction guests will have the capability to bid on items from anywhere, at any time of the day or night, starting at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 13 until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16. All you need is a smartphone or a computer to bid on the items.


It takes an entire school community to plan, prepare and host an auction, both virtually and in-person. Our committee’s auction journey began more than a year ago. When the 2020 ICCS PTO Dinner Auction was canceled last minute due to the global pandemic, our team had to switch gears and move to a virtual event taking place 12 months later.


Finally, here we are! We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the many sponsors, donors, volunteers, committee members, room moms and dads, ICCS parents, students, teachers, staff members and school administrators who have stepped up and united together to make this virtual fundraiser possible. Please know your hard work, generosity and commitment to ICCS--the school we all love and cherish--is a blessing and a true gift.


We are very excited to share this special Auction newsletter with you. It contains important details and “need to know” information, as well as a ton of "sneak peeks" at some of the treasures you will find during the virtual auction. We hope you will take the time to purchase an Auction "to go" meal soon and bid on the many items and experiences that will be available April 13-16. Your continued support and dedication to the ICCS PTO help make our school thrive and financially succeed year after year.


Let’s go for the GOLD in 2021!


Sincerely,


Katie Devall & Kelly Serrano

2020 & 2021 ICCS PTO Auction Co-Chairs

ORDER AUCTION "TO GO" MEALS SOON

Help support the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction by purchasing delicious "TO GO" meals to be served "drive-thru style" on Friday, April 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the ICCS Park Avenue parking lot.


Choose from a generous portion of Chenier Chefs jambalaya, green beans, a roll and dessert brownie for $20, or a large slice of cheese or pepperoni Hunt Brothers Pizza for the kiddos for $5. All meals MUST BE PRE-ORDERED NO LATER THAN 12 NOON ON MONDAY, APRIL 12. To purchase dinners, please click on the link below.


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The ICCS 8th Grade Class of 2021 will be selling bottled water and soft drinks in the food pickup line to raise funds for their 8th-grade class party (cash only). Adult beverages will also be available for purchase during the convenient and festive "drive-thru" pick-up service on the evening of April 16 (ICCS parents can bill adult beverages to their auction bidder number if desired). MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE TO PURCHASE. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Be sure to check out the mystery Wine Pull as you drive through the parking lot to pick up your dinners. The Wine Pull will include a great selection of red and white wines. $30 per bottle, includes two (2) ICCS wine cups. ICCS families may also charge Wine Pull items to their bidder number if needed.


Many thanks to Cheyenne Boudreaux and the Chenier Chefs and the Hurt and Henderson families and Hunt Brothers Pizza, Crying Eagle Brewing Company and the Daiquiri Shack for their generosity, time and help with this auction-related project.


For more information about the ICCS PTO Virtual Auction "to go" meals, please call (337) 433-3497 or email iccsptoauction@gmail.com.

8TH GRADE SERVERS "GOING FOR THE GOLD”

The ICCS 8th Grade Class of 2021 will serve as carhops during the Auction "to go" meal pick-up service on Friday, April 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the ICCS Park Avenue Parking Lot. It is a long-standing ICCS tradition for our 8th-grade students to serve guests at the annual PTO Auction for monetary tips that go towards their year-end class celebration held in May. Please remember to reward our 8th Grade waiters and waitresses with a cash tip for their excellent customer service on Friday, April 16.

SNAP A PHOTO OF YOUR ICCS AUCTION CELEBRATION

The 2021 ICCS PTO Auction may be a virtual fundraiser this year, but don't let that stop you from gathering with friends and family members to celebrate our school community and place your auction bids on the last evening of the auction, Friday, April 16.


How are you planning to spend the final night of the auction? Whether you choose a quiet family-only evening or plan a group gathering, please consider pre-ordering Auction "to go" meals and enjoy the excitement.


Here are some ideas to help make the night a fun experience for all (kids included):


  • Decorate the dining room table with Olympic or ICCS themed items and enjoy your Auction "to go" meals as a family. Place bids on exciting family-friendly experiences and items that are sure to please everyone.
  • Host an ICCS Auction "Watch Party" the night of Friday, April 16. Invite neighbors and nearby friends to walk over and enjoy their Auction "to go" meals on your patio, in the backyard, or in the driveway. No cooking necessary and minimal clean-up will be required! Keep watch of your favorite auction items and make sure your final bids are placed by 9:00 p.m.
  • Make it an "ICCS Playdate!" Pick up your Auction "to go" dinners at 5:00 p.m. in the ICCS Park Avenue parking lot then head to nearby Lock Park or Drew Park for a group playdate. The Auction Committee will provide everything needed for an easy and fun outdoor dinner with the kids. You supply the picnic blanket and energetic children, we'll take care of the food and soft drinks. While the kids play and run free in the park, the adults can visit and place bids on their favorite auction items using their smartphones.


The possibilities are endless! We want to see photos of your group gatherings or family-time evening spent supporting the ICCS PTO. Snap a pic of your group or family on the final night of the fundraiser (April 16) and email it to kmorgan@iccsweb.com. Photos will be shared on the ICCS Facebook page throughout the evening and in the April 22 issue of the ICCS Panther Press! Those submitting photos will be eligible for a drawing to win an awesome ICCS Auction Swag Bag!

THANK YOU SPONSORS

Our generous and supportive sponsors help make the annual ICCS PTO Auction a successful fundraising event. We sincerely appreciate the following businesses and individuals for contributing to our 2021 virtual auction.
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TEXT2BID OFFERED APRIL 13-16

Text2Bid, an on-line bidding format, will be utilized for all auction bids starting at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 13, and ending at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Bids can be easily made using a smartphone or computer. There are many convenient and advanced features available to bidders through the Text2Bid program, including:


  • Free and easy access! It's simple! To access the ICCS virtual auction text the word PANTHERS to 71760.
  • A full auction preview and catalog will be available via Text2Bid from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, April 13. Browse through over 180 fabulous auction items ranging from art pieces and luxury items to simple and unique gifts, group dinners, 2019-2020 class projects and sports-related memorabilia. There are a variety of items for all ages and interests.
  • Text2Bid users will be automatically notified when they are outbid on an item.
  • Users can set an automatic bid limit on specific items.
  • Users will be alerted when they win a virtual auction item.
  • Bidders can purchase exclusive merchandise including ICCS t-shirts and commemorative jewelry (limited quantity available) using the Text2Bid program. Bidders can also purchase "sign up" type parties such as the ICCS Family Bingo Party, Sipping on Sweetbay Girls Night Out gathering and the 8th Grade Girls Lock-In.
  • Participants can view item descriptions or photos and bookmark them to their personal watch list.
  • Users will be allowed to enter a credit card at registration or pay with a credit card at the end of the auction, making check out a breeze!
  • Text2Bid supports up to two phones per bid number, allowing couples to share one bid number. ICCS parents can bid anytime throughout the week together, or separately!
  • Bidders can make tax-deductible donations directly to ICCS using the Text2Bid platform.
  • ICCS PTO supporters can keep track of all funds raised throughout the virtual auction by viewing the fundraising thermometer in the Text2Bid program.
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HOW WILL PROCEEDS FROM THE ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION BE USED?

New technology, advanced curriculum programs, classroom and safety items, new desks and furniture, playground equipment....the list goes on and on. Every year, there are items and upgrades that must be made to ensure ICCS is up-to-date and continuing to perform as a high-achieving academic and spiritually-based school for our PK-8th grade students.


For several decades now, the ICCS PTO has committed to raising funds on an annual basis to help cover these large expenses. Three major PTO fundraisers are held on a normal year to help meet these important financial needs, including the ICCS PTO Greenery Sale, the Panther Run 10K. 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run and the biggest fundraiser of the year, the ICCS PTO Auction. Due to COVID restrictions and Hurricane damage to our city, the 2021 Panther Run was canceled, leaving only two fundraisers this school year. The hope is to raise as much money as possible through the 2021 PTO Virtual Auction. Please help spread the word to "Grandpanthers," family members, friends, co-workers, ICCS alumni and school supporters in the area. Anyone can bid on items and help raise much-needed funds for our school. All proceeds will help improve our school learning environment and educational programs for all ICCS students.

I WON! I WON...NOW WHAT?

In less than two weeks, over 180 auction items will be sold to the highest bidders. Winners will be notified shortly after the auction closes on Friday, April 16.


Let's hypothetically pretend you have won that great auction item you were stalking and bidding on all week. You did it! You went for the "gold" and WON the item! What happens next? After receiving confirmation of your winning bid, there are a few things that need to be taken care of fairly quickly in order to formally claim your item.


PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

When auction participants originally log in to Text2Bid the first prompt is going to ask you to enter your bidder number. All ICCS families will be given their bidder number on Monday, April 12, when we return from spring break. If you do not receive a number on April 12, please call 337-433-3497 or email Ada O’Quain, asoquain@iccsweb.com.


If anyone wishes to participate in the PTO Virtual Auction that is not an ICCS parent they may still do so. The website will give them the option to request a bidder number and then move to the next step. Once registered, the system will ask if you would like to input your credit card information to be linked to your bidder number and then added to our software for processing once the event is closed.


If you do not wish to enter your credit card information at this time, simply skip this step. The system will still allow you to participate in the auction. For those who do not enter credit card information, payment (in full) will be due at the time of pick-up.


AUCTION ITEM PICK UP

All auction winners MUST pick up their items and/or certificates and receipts on the following dates and times. PTO Auction Committee members and volunteers will be on stand-by at the "finish line" (AKA the ICCS Gym) to help disperse all auction items.


Sunday, April 18: pick up from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the ICCS Gym: please park in the ICCS Park Avenue parking lot and enter the gym through the side door (similar to the annual PTO Greenery fundraiser pick-up process). Please wear a mask inside the building.


Monday, April 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon: please park near the ICCS main entrance and check-in at the front door. Your auction items will be hand-delivered to you in the lobby area. Please wear a mask inside the building.


If you are unable to claim your items during the times listed above, please contact the ICCS front office at (337) 433-3497 to make special arrangements for item pick up.

LESS THAN 20 GOLDEN TICKETS LEFT

One lucky ICCS family will win FREE TUITION for one student for the 2021-2022 school year (up to $6,000)! 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100 each. TO DATE, only 20 Golden Tickets are left! Don't miss your chance to win this big prize. Click below to purchase your ticket.


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The 2021 Golden Ticket drawing will be held on the evening of Friday, April 16. The winner will be announced via ICCS text message shortly after the drawing is held. Good luck to all ticket holders!

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GROUP PARTIES & GATHERINGS GALORE

Are you and your crew looking for a fun or relaxing night out? This year's virtual auction will be packed with a variety of group parties and gatherings. From family-friendly events to backyard dance parties, there is something for every group. Buyers with the highest bids can choose to pay upfront or divide the cost among couples or individuals at check out. Here is a small sampling of the group parties and gatherings that will be offered.


PIZZA & DANCE PARTY FOR 20 PEOPLE

This amazing night will be filled with live music, cocktails and delicious food! Enjoy an evening of gourmet pizza that will WOW your taste buds fresh out of Monica and Stephen Broussard's handcrafted Italian brick oven. To top off the evening, guests will "twist the night away" to live music from Lake Charles' own Cry Baby. This talented band specializes in genuine 50's Rock & Roll, Doo-Wop and ballads that will take you back in time. Open to twenty (20) guests. Scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Donated by Monica & Stephen Broussard and Stephanie & Mark Robertson


SIPPIN' ON SWEETBAY

Thirty (30) ladies will enjoy a night out with cocktails and conversations! Libations and nibbles will be served as ICCS ladies relax and enjoy each other's company! Hosted at the home of Blair and Patrick Tadlock in Sawgrass on Friday, May 7, 2021 beginning at 5:00 p.m.. $75 per person. Donated by Blair Tadlock, Kelly Hurt, Kelly Henderson, Corlissa Hoffoss & Hillary Green


FAMILY B-I-N-G-O BASH

ICCS families can sign up for an evening of BINGO FUN! This back-to-school Bingo extravaganza will be held on the ICCS campus Sunday, August 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. More details will be available during the virtual auction. Open to 150 people. $10 per bingo player. Donated by ICCS Parents


A HEAVENLY EVENING WITH FATHER BOND

"Chef" Bond (AKA Father Sam Bond) will cook a four-course meal for ten (10) people in your home on a mutually agreed upon date. Start with mixed drinks and a cheeseboard. Then, move on to a delicious feta and strawberry salad with balsamic dressing. Next up, the main course: Beef Bourguignon! This dish will be prayerfully and lovingly made by Father Bond himself and served with a fine Cabernet. End this "heavenly" meal with Frangelico mixed with pralines and cream and served over vanilla ice cream and a brownie square. Father Bond's endless humor and wit will also be on the menu throughout the night. Mutually agreed upon date. Donated by Father Sam Bond


FILIPINO FEAST

Eight (8) people will enjoy a delightful and festive evening with Father Rommel Tolentino. Begin the evening with a private tour of the recently restored Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, as well as the church rectory. Next, gather around the table for a scrumptious traditional Filipino meal prepared by Father Rommel. This unique blend of eastern and western-influenced cuisine is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Donated by Father Rommel Tolentino.


8TH GRADE GIRLS LOCK-IN

ICCS Middle School Religion Teacher, Mrs. Milissa Thibodeaux will host a special overnight "Lock-In" for current 8th Grade girls before this school year ends. There will be plenty of supervision, food, music, games, dancing and lots of "GAL PAL" talks! Open to all current 8th Grade GIRLS only! Donated by Mrs. Milissa Thibodeaux

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LIMITED AMOUNT OF ICCS JEWELRY AVAILABLE

Commemorate your family's time spent at ICCS with a beautiful custom ICCS-themed necklace or keychain. A limited quantity will be available for purchase during the virtual auction starting at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 13. The necklaces come in two lengths, 34 inches and 18 inches, and feature a replica of the Blessed Mother statue that is stationed near the front entrance of our beloved school. The medallion is inscribed with the words "Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Pray for us." The design also appears on the silver keychains as well.


The necklaces and keychains will make excellent Mother's Day and 8th Grade Graduation gifts.


34-inch LONG grey necklaces: $50 each (only 60 necklaces available)

18-inch SHORT opalite necklaces: $50 each (only 40 necklaces available)

Silver keychains: $12 (75 keychains available)

LIMITED EDITION ICCS T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

Show off your ICCS Panther spirit in this auction-exclusive school-themed t-shirt. The panther sketch was created by Baton Rouge artist, Garic Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins graciously agreed to help support our school community by designing a wearable work of art that will appeal to all ages and help raise funds for the ICCS PTO.


A variety of shirt sizes and style options will be offered during the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction. Anyone can purchase a shirt. But, be sure to get them while you can because once the auction ends, the shirts will no longer be available.

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CALLING ALL WINE LOVERS


Viva La Vino! Folks, we have an official wine bottle count! Thanks to the generosity of our school families and members of the community, the ICCS Wine Cellar will feature over 180 BOTTLES OF RED AND WHITE WINES. This auction item is always a favorite here at ICCS! Mark your calendar now and plan to bid on this wine lover's package between April 13-16. Share the bottles of wine with friends and family, or save them for special occasions!

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2019-2020 CLASS PROJECTS UNVEILED AND READY FOR PURCHASE

As many recall, we were seven days away from the 2020 ICCS PTO Dinner Auction when Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the mandatory quarantine and school closures in March of last year. As a result, the 2019-2020 Auction class projects were never formally revealed or bid on. Unfortunately, 2020-2021 class projects were unable to be coordinated and created due to current COVID precautions and restrictions.


We will be auctioning off the 2019-2020 class projects beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 13. Here is a sneak peek of what to expect. Look for your student's 2019-2020 teacher's name or grade for a description and photo of the class project. These projects were made with love by your student and his/her former classmates.

BEEP! BEEP! VROOM!

Your kiddo will cruise through the neighborhood in style in this super COOL truck. No driver's license required! Picture your little one behind the wheel of this adorable 2 passenger Chevy Silverado battery-operated ride-on toy. Donated by: the Navarre Family

FOR THE SPORTS FANS

GOATS, Tiger and SPORTS, OH MY! If you are a sports fan, you've come to the right auction! Look for footballs signed by the GREATEST OF ALL TIME (GOAT), Drew Brees AND Joe Burrow, as well as an authentic LSU helmet personally autographed by members of the famous 2020 LSU Tiger National Champion Football Team!


Here are some other sports and fitness-related items that will be up for bid at the ICCS PTO Virtual Auction:


  • Unique Fitness Ninja Zone Birthday Party: your child and guests will get 2 hours of FUN trying out the Warped Walls, Floating Bridges, Climbing Bags, Sea of Poles and Swings and everyone's favorite, the 100ft. Zip Line! A $350 value.
  • LSU golf bag
  • One (1) month Pilates and Barre Platinum membership, as well as four (4) stretch therapy sessions with Theragun and Hydro flask donated by Premier Personal Training
  • Four (4) small group basketball sessions donated by RD Hoop Source, LLC.
  • Three (3) month single membership to Snap Fitness
  • One (1) month membership to Lake Charles Cheer and Tumbling
  • Babolat tennis bag
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ATTENTION VINTAGE ART COLLECTORS

Several vintage art groupings will be available for bid during the ICCS virtual auction. The collections span from religious-themed and Asian-influenced pieces to lovely Audubon prints. All have been carefully preserved and graciously donated by Father Brian King and his dad, Dr. Joe M. King. Dr. King collected the prints and unique finds throughout his travels around the world and across the nation.

ORIGINAL ART PIECES AVAILABLE

This beautiful New Orleans street watercolor painting by local artist and ICCS Grandpanther, Sue Zimmermann is one of several original art pieces that will be virtually auctioned off April 13-16. This original painting will add color and class to any home or office space. The actual painting itself is 11" x 14" but comes finished with an incredible matte and frame making it an 18" x 22" work of art. Valued at $350.


Artist and ICCS Parent, Nichole Lanthier has donated several beautiful framed prints and this stunning 18 x 24 original oil pastel painting on paper of Mary as the Immaculate Conception. It is framed perfectly and ready to hang in a special space in your home.

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EVEN MORE ITEMS TO BID ON!

With over 180 auction items available, there are too many great treats to list in this Auction Newsletter. But here are some other unique and practical items to look for during the 2021 ICCS PTO Virtual Auction April 13-16. There is truly something for everyone!


  • Wine tasting for twelve (12) with custom charcuterie board donated by Karlie and Philip Leonards
  • Single-family home inspection by licensed home inspector, David Marcantel, with BDA Inspections. Donated by David Marcantel
  • Beautiful white glazed large-sized pottery urn donated by Anamese Garden & Home in Welsh, LA.
  • A B-Lift Chemical Peel donated by Olivier Dermatology
  • Loreta Ocearch Brushed Silver and Matte Gray Crystal Costa Sunglasses
  • Weathertech custom-fit floor liner package for a truck, car, SUV, or van donated by Hurricane Off-Road
  • Kendra Scott Elisa Gold Pendant Necklace in Iridescent Drusy
  • 2 days on a Lamar Advertising digital billboard donated by Lamar Advertising Company
  • Gift basket with 5 bottles of bourbon, including 3 single barrel pick selections donated by Keane O'Neal
  • Guided History and Mystery tour for 10 people at the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA.
  • Blue and white check Louis Vuitton purse valued at over $1,280
  • Various Hair Care Products including a $50 gift card and Swig Cup donated by Bauhaus Salon & Haus Spa
  • A Bayou Brand Pot, 2 Rtic Tumblers, Louisiana seasonings, and spices with a $50.00 gift certificate to Beauxdines' Seafood Restaurant and Speciality Meat Market
  • Light and handy Stihl HSE 52 electric hedge trimmer donated by Henderson Implement
  • Two $50 gift cards to Southern Drifter for purchase of ICCS uniforms

  • Unique 11 x 14 New Orleans Saints hand-colored prints using Community Coffee grounds by artist Daniel Rhodes

  • A basket filled with toys from Etie's in Sulphur

  • Dinosaur and Unicorn playdough kits containing scented playdough and various toys and trinkets donated by ICCS PK Teachers, Stephanie DuRousseau and Molly Forsyth

  • A Wands & Whimsy character visit for one lucky child during lunch or recess at ICCS

  • Sheriff for the Day experience with Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso

  • Enjoy a worry-free night on the town courtesy of Platinum Limousine

  • Jon Hart red ICCS backpack

  • Texas Hill Country winery tours, tastings and lunch in Fredericksburg

  • Kona Ice Party

  • Burgers & Beer package: includes a large BBQ pit, 6-pack of Crying Eagle beer and a gift card to Hebert's Specialty Meats


Reminder, the official auction preview and catalog containing all 180 items will be available for viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, April 13, via Text2Bid.


Bidding will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 and will close at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16.

ICCS PTO VIRTUAL AUCTION COMMITTEE

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