BCE Dinner Dance & Auction for First-Timers

BCE_DDA2016_logoIf you already purchased your tickets for the BCE Dinner Dance and Auction – congratulations! It’s sold out. But there’s still hope as we add capacity. Get your name on the waitlist and we’ll let you know by April 4 if tickets become available.

Meanwhile, get your 80s ruffles and your Aqua Net hairspray ready because it’s going to be a totally awesome night! Here are tips to make the most of it.


You should have received a confirmation email after registering. Printed tickets are not issued. Upon arrival at the Hyatt Regency, check in to receive your bidding number and you’re all set.


When you registered, you had an opportunity to list your seating preference by school or friend group (10 per table). Our event volunteers do a great job of accommodating requests, and arranging school tables. If you didn’t indicate a seating preference, you can still reach out to seating@bcefoundation.org.


Wine and champagne are included with your ticket. Cocktails can be purchased at the no-host bars.

Cocktail hour and silent auction

Cocktail hour is the time to mingle with the latest 80s couture donned by friends and to participate in the silent auction. Bid on sports memorabilia, gift certificates and classes. New this year, all silent auction bidding will be done with mobile phones and tablets. With a simple click, find out instantly if you’ve been outbid and bid again to make sure you get that favorite package. Bring your fully charged phone, bid high and bid often.

Dinner and live auction

The live auction starts during the lovely sit-down dinner. Our professional auctioneer will get the lively bidding party started on vacation packages, parties and priceless experiences. One of the most exciting moments of the night is during the Fund-a-Need (FAN) bidding, when people raise their paddles to donate at various levels to the BCE annual campaign. Seeing the support fill the room for our children’s schools from our generous parent community is incredibly inspiring!  

We highly encourage you to consider joining the Scholars Circle ($2,500+) this evening, and the FAN is the best way to do it.  Your donation has a huge impact on the educational experience of your children, so please consider giving as generously as you can.

Read the BCE Annual Report online, which captures our donor generosity this time last year, and you will also see how our $1.795 million grant impacts the educational experience of all TK-8th grade students this year. Please also see the annual campaign gift listing policy, so you can fully understand how your spending during the BCE Dinner Dance and Auction will be recognized in the upcoming annual report. Every dollar counts, and your generosity is appreciated!  

You’ll pay for your auction items after the auction, so bring your checkbook or credit card to check out at the end of the evening.


After the live auction, the 80s cover band Tainted Love takes the stage for the rest of the night. Get ready to dance with your prom date!

We’ll see you there on April 16.