Mobile bidding + live event = a brand-new Salmon Bay auction experience for 2023!

We’re doing things a little differently this year, and our planning team can’t wait to fully introduce you to the 2023 Salmon Bay auction. We’re keeping some of the most popular parts of our past in-person auctions, as well as some features of our virtual auctions. Plus, we’re making a few fun updates to create a brand-new auction experience that will still feel familiar.

  • Keeping: mobile bidding on the go; auction party experiences to purchase at all different price points and group sizes; a split-the-pot raffle; a wacky, live, in-person event for our adult community!
  • Removing: pre-COVID potluck, sit-down tables
  • Adding: appetizers instead of dinner, a new event venue, and YOU!!!!

In-Person Experience

Our live, in-person auction is back — with a whole new spin! Please save the date:

Friday, April 28, 2023
7-10 p.m.
Metropolist, 2931 First Ave S.

Advance purchase only; ticket sales begin in March.

Online Experience

The popular mobile bidding from our 2021 and 2022 virtual auctions is back! Starting April 19, you can use your mobile device to easily bid on silent auction items, purchase spots in auction sign-up parties, and buy split-the-pot raffle tickets.

No-cost registration is required.

About the Auction

The FOSB auction, held each spring, is our largest fundraiser of the year. It’s not like other “fancy” charity auctions you may have been to…it’s truly an opportunity for the adults in our school community to come together to celebrate and support the education of our children.

More spoilers to come for our social media followers. @SalmonBaySchoolAuction on Facebook and Instagram

Questions? Contact our Auction Chair.

Note: The information below applied to our pre-COVID auctions. The 2023 event will be very different!

Our auction has a different theme each year and typically features a silent and live auction, potluck dinner, games, an opportunity to sign up for parties and experiences, bars featuring two signature cocktails, a ‘Split the Pot’ raffle, dessert dash, mingling and fun for all! (In 2021 and 2022, our auctions were held virtually.)

Past auction themes
2022: CampOut (virtual)
2021: SBTV (virtual)
2020: event cancelled
2019: FutureLand
2018: Bon Voyage
2017: Throwback Prom
2016: Let’s Party Like Gatsby
2015: Wild Wild Northwest
2014: Casino Royale
2013: Surf’s Up
2012: Lights, Camera, Auction

What do I bring to the auction?
The Salmon Bay auction is a potluck! Please bring your contribution to the meal when you arrive. We welcome family recipes, favorite entrees, take-out or items picked up from the drive-thru! (But no desserts, please…our Dessert Dash is separate from the potluck.)

What do I wear to the auction?
Our auction is always come as you are, or you can dress to fit the theme. Costumes and creativity are highly encouraged!

What can I expect at the auction?
6:30 p.m.: Cocktail hour, silent auction
8:00 p.m.: Potluck dinner, live auction

Doors typically open at 6:30 p.m. and, after dropping off your potluck item, you’ll join cocktail hour. There will be games to play and mingling to do. Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 each, with one winner taking half of the earnings. The bar will open, featuring two signature cocktails, as you have the opportunity to bid on some exciting silent auction items while saying hi to friends.

Next, we’ll enjoy a potluck dinner. Seating is open with plenty of opportunity to meet someone new or connect with old friends. You’ll also have time to participate in our wine game (everyone’s a winner!), bid on gift cards in Restaurant Row, and sign up for parties and experiences with Salmon Bay staff and families. As always, our live auction will open with our community favorite, Salmon Bay organic eggs, and continue with elementary classroom projects, vacation getaways, and other exciting items. Let’s see how fast your table can run as we finish off the evening with our Dessert Dash!

How can I get involved?
The Auction Committee works nearly year-round to create the auction experience. We’d love to have you sponsor the auction, make a donation or volunteer on the day of the big event! Contact our Auction Chair for information.