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Save the Date for the Spring Benefit!
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 6:30 -10:30 pm
Location: NCS Agnes C. Underwood Athletic Center
Benefit FAQs
Q. How can I support the Spring Benefit?
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  1. Attend:  You will not only be supporting our outstanding faculty, but you will also have the opportunity to spend time with members of the NCS parent community, faculty, staff, and alumnae.  There will also be dinner, drinks, and an auction for your entertainment.  Invitations will be mailed in January.
  2. VolunteerWe need volunteers and you can donate your time as it is available.  Volunteer committees consist of:
    • Auction Solicitations:  Secure auction gifts, thank auction item donors, and sell raffle tickets.
    • Program Ad Sales: Solicit local businesses for advertisements in the benefit program.
    • Text Writing: Craft catchy descriptions for our silent auction items.
    • Week-Of Volunteers: Help out the week of the event by stuffing bid packets, set up displays, paint decorations, and more.  Sign-Up Genius will be available in February.
  3. Donate:  Our Spring Benefit needs the generosity of our community to be successful.  You can be a patron donor and make a cash donation to the event, donate (or secure) auction items, or be (or find) an event sponsor to help us cover expenses.

Q. What kinds of items do you want for the auction?
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If it’s something you would like, chances are good that other NCS families would like it also.  Our Benefit auction generally covers the following categories: Art & Home, Best of NCS, Travel & Experience, Fashion, Food & Dining, Health & Wellness, Entertainment, Sports, and Wine, Beer, & Spirits.

Q. What is the difference between a patron and a sponsor?
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“Patron” is the term that we use to describe our individual donors who give to the benefit at a level above the ticket price.  This contribution can be made at five different levels (the highest being $5,000) and is considered an outright donation.  The gift goes directly to funding faculty salaries.
 
A “Sponsor” is a company or group of persons who give to the benefit in order support student scholarships.  This provides them the opportunity to get company or personal exposure at the event.  There are many levels of giving for sponsors, topping out at $10,000 for the premier sponsorship.

Q. What does the Spring Benefit support?
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Even with the support provided by tuition and the Annual Fund, NCS has a shortage that prevents us from offering the most competitive starting salaries and increasing salaries annually for our most outstanding faculty.  Patron donations and auction sales from NCS’ Spring Benefit help fill that gap by raising funds for salaries.  Each day, we see our teachers help our students think outside the box by designing challenging and meaningful classroom presentations and projects.  After school hours, our teachers can be found coaching sports teams, sponsoring student organizations, and mentoring our students.  It’s because of their commitment that your contributions to the Spring Benefit are so important.

Sponsorships and the Raise the Paddle portion of the benefit is designated to support the NCS Scholarship Endowment.  Economic diversity benefits the entire community and is an important component of the NCS mission.

Q. How are funds raised for Benefit different than those raised by Annual Fund?
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The Annual Fund bridges the gap between tuition income and the actual cost of educating each NCS girl.  While a portion of these unrestricted funds support competitive salaries for faculty, the Spring Benefit designates all of the evening’s revenue to supporting our faculty.

Q. Who attends the Spring Benefit?
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Anyone can attend the NCS Benefit, although it is mostly attended by parents and current faculty and staff.

Q. What should I wear?
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Come dressed in whatever you comfortable in!  This event is casual, jeans are acceptable, and many of our guests come dressed to the theme.

Q. Where should I park?
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Parking is available in the Cathedral garage at normal parking rates.  Our event patrons at the $5,000 and $2,500 levels will receive reserved parking in the Athletic Center garage.