What is Friends in the Courtyard?
It serves as one of the three event fundraisers for St. Francis DeSales High School co-curricular programs while at the same time provides a fun social gathering with friends. The evening offers live and silent auctions, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a taste sampling of multiple rare wines and micro breweries.
2016 Co-Curricular Grant Proceeds: Click on the link to see the breakdown of funds to each co-curricular program.
When and where is Friends in the Courtyard held?
What happens at Friends in the Courtyard?
6:30pm Doors open, Wine and Micro Brewery Sample Tasting, and Silent Auction Bidding Begins
7:30pm Prayer and Welcome
8:15pm Live Non-Wine Auction
8:45pm Live Wine Auction
9:45pm Starting of Staggered Closing of Silent Auction
10:45pm Check-out Begins
How much are tickets and what does a ticket include?
Tickets are $35 each. Reserve a table for eight by sponsoring a Premier Reserved Table Sponsor. Tickets will not be sold at the event. The ticket includes: heavy hors d’oeuvres and a taste sampling of multiple rare wines and micro breweries. Tickets can be purchased online or by mailing your reservation and check to St. Francis DeSales Highs School, 4212 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43224.
Are there any sponsorship opportunities?
The following are sponsorship opportunities for Friends in the Courtyard (50% of the sponsorship proceeds are directed to a co-curricular program of the sponsor’s choice):
$200 Event Signage Sponsor:
Table signage at Friends in the Courtyard.
$500 Premier Reserved Table Sponsor:
Recognized as the Reserved Table Sponsor for Friends in the Courtyard. Signage on the sponsored table and name in the event program. Name listed on the event page of the SFDHS website. (6) event reservations with premier seating along with a bottle of wine at your table.
For additional sponsorship opportunities with St. Francis DeSales High School please view our Stallion Sponsorship Opportunities.
What is the dress attire?
The dress attire is business casual.
Why is Friends in the Courtyard important?
Proceeds from this event provide financial support for St. Francis DeSales High School co-curricular programs including athletics, band, drama, and over 30 scholastic and interest-based clubs.
Friends in the Courtyard is organized and implemented by volunteer committee members plus the Office of Institutional Advancement. Below are ways you can help make Friends in the Courtyard a success and raise funds for your co-curricular program at the same time:
Silent Auction Item or Service
Each co-curricular program is expected to donate at least one silent auction basket per 15-20 team or club members. Ask people you know best: friends, family, or businesses. If you already have a good relationship with someone, don’t hesitate to ask, they probably want to help you and your program. When soliciting to businesses, please use the approved DeSales letter from the office of Institutional Advancement plus the donation form (see below for forms). All baskets/items are to be turned into the office of Institutional Advancement with a donation form for each auction basket or individual item donated for the event. There are four incentive turn-in dates for silent auction items for Friends in the Courtyard: TBA. For each basket/item turned-in on or before the announced date, co-curricular programs will be put in a drawing for a $250 grant. For businesses or individuals to receive a tax benefit from the donation, you will need to include the information on the donation form. The IA department will send out the appropriate tax letter to the business or individual.
Each co-curricular program will receive 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of silent auction items which were procured by that co-curricular program.
Business Solicitation Letter
How can I get involved?
Donate a silent auction item or fine wine for the live auction! Be a sponsor! Attend Friends in the Courtyard! Volunteer to help out by contacting our Event Chair!