Saturday: Ross School Auction (Lunch with Chuck Todd, Michelle Rhee?)

by April 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm 3,325 0

Ross Elementary School, DC, Dupont Circle

Ross Elementary School is at 1730 R Street NW. (Courtesy Ross Elementary School)

From Jana Petersen. She lives in the Dupont area and covers a variety of topics for Borderstan.

You may remember the bumper sticker phrase, “Think Globally Act Locally.” A few weeks ago, a New York Times/CBS News poll released a jarring statistic: 81 percent of Americans say the nation is on the wrong track, a figure higher than ever since the poll began in the 1990s. Be it partisan politics, an unsustainable deficit, a troubled education system, global warming, or otherwise

Ross Elementary School Auction is this Saturday, April 30, 5 to 8 pm. Location is German Marshall Fund at 1744 R Street NW. Online auction bidding ends Thursday, April 28 at 6 pm.

Yet, it is statistics like these that emphasize the importance of local participation in issues that are often painted on a macro-scale, such as education. This Saturday, April 30, at 5 pm, Ross Elementary School will be hosting its third annual auction to raise money. The fund will be used to to further plans to modernize the current building, assist in professional development opportunities for its teachers and create enrichment programs for its students. Ross Elementary is located at 1730 R Street NW and serves grades pre-K through 5.

Among this year’s prizes: Two tickets to the Garden Party, the pre-party to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, on Saturday, April 30 (winners will be notified on Friday, April 29)… December 18 tickets to Redskins vs. Giants… lunch with DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson… two vacation getaways… a scooter… and much more including food and fitness items.

Over the last two years, the auction has raised more than $40,000 — money that has gone to furnish each classroom with smartboards among other necessary furniture. This year, amidst deep budget cuts, the success of the auction has even greater implications; the hope is to use the money to furnish the new preschool classroom, provide Responsive Class training to teachers, and create after-school language programs for the students.

The auction is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 pm and the auction runs to 8 pm. For those committed to the event and Ross Elementary, but unable to attend, there is a virtual auction; the virtual auction is currently open, but will be closing on April 28 at 6 pm, so be sure to browse the auction list and place your bids prior.

Below the fold: Check out some of the most interesting prizes being auctioned off.

As in years past, the auction items appeal to a spectrum of interests and budgets. To highlight a few big auction items:

  • Two tickets to the Garden Party, the pre-party to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, on Saturday, April 30. The winners will be notified on Friday, April 29.
  • “Baby Blue Buddy 125” Scooter: Buy a $20 raffle ticket for a chance to drive home the Buddy 125 scooter, valued at $2,700. Only 250 raffle tickets will be sold, so get ’em quick. The scooter will be displayed at Ross on Saturday night.

Included below is an abridged list that displays the breadth and depth of auction items. Find a comprehensive list here.


  • $25 value: Busboys and Poets
  • $25 value: Sticky Fingers
  • $75 value: Tabard Inn
  • $200 value: 4-course tasting menu and wine pairing for 2 at PS 7

Yogis and Fitness Fans

  • $155 value: 10 class pass to Bikram Yoga in Dupont
  • $30 value: 3 Drop-in Passes to Yoga District
  • $250 value: 12 Punch Pass to VIDA fitness

Sports Fans

  • $200 value: Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants on December 18

Seeking Escape?

  • $2,500 value: Bed and Breakfast 3 night Getaway with Airfare
  • $1,900 value: Blue Moon Cottage Renal in Topsail, North Carolina

Politically Inclined

  • Priceless: Dinner at Restaurant Nora with Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese
  • Priceless: Lunch with ABC News Political Director Amy Walter
  • Priceless: Lunch at Morton’s with NBC’s Chuck Todd
  • Priceless: Lunch with Mother Jones Bureau Chief David Corn
  • Priceless: Lunch with current DC Schools Chancellor, Kaya Henderson
  • Priceless: Lunch with former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee


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