2018 Taste of Kyrene Auction & Reception
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2018 Taste of Kyrene Auction & Reception

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - March 9 @ 11:00 pm


About the Event

The Kyrene Foundation is excited to host our 8th annual Taste of Kyrene Auction and Reception on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Arizona Grand Resort. This signature event raises funds to benefit Kyrene schools and families in the Kyrene communities.

More than 250 people attended the event last year, including parents, teachers, administration, community members, leaders, and local business partners. This year, we’re changing things up a little at new location. The night includes entertainment, a silent auction and a light dinner buffet with an appetizer and dessert station provided by Arizona Grand catering. Also new this year is a Fund-a-Need* feature during our presentation. The night will culminate with the announcement of the Opportunity Drawing Grand Prize winner, who will receive a family adventure package for four to Anaheim or San Diego courtesy of Get Away Today!

We encourage everyone to attend our event. Our theme this year is “Education Matters!”. We are highlighting the importance of a full and rich educational experience. Parents, teachers, community, and leaders all have an impact on making children matter. Investing in a child’s education and school experience gives each student the tools necessary to be successful in reaching their potential.

Gather your friends, family and colleagues together and plan for an enjoyable night of socializing and community building while fundraising for a good cause. Donating locally strengthens our community and ensures that all of our children succeed and meet their potential. Be a good apple and support the Kyrene Foundation!

*This is a special appeal that is made to our guests during the presentation portion of the evening. It is similar to a live auction where guests have the opportunity to “bid” or make a donation at one of the pre-selected levels of giving* ($500, $250, and $100). While many guests may bid on items in the silent auction, not everyone wins. The Fund-a-Need allows every attendee to directly contribute to the Kyrene Foundation at different levels, and participate in the fundraising efforts. The donations are also 100% tax-deductible.

Opportunity Drawing

Win A Family Adventure Package for 4 to Anaheim OR San Diego!

The Kyrene Foundation’s annual Opportunity Drawing is in its last month. Don’t miss out on your chance to win a 4-day/3-night deluxe hotel stay in either Anaheim or San Diego with single day tickets for 2 adults and 2 kids to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood OR Sea World San Diego and LEGOLAND California, respectively, courtesy of Get Away Today.

Value: $1000 (Airfare not included)

Opportunity Drawing tickets are available for sale here on our website and at all our schools. For each $10 donation made in buying a ticket, $5.00 of each ticket goes directly to a Kyrene school of your choice; the other $5.00 supports the nonprofit Kyrene Foundation’s Mission to serve and provide resources for children and their families in the Kyrene community.
Tickets are eligible for additional prizes.

Tickets will only be sold at schools until Feb 26th, so be sure to buy your ticket(s) soon!

Prizes will be awarded to the 2 top-selling Kyrene Schools and the top 3 individuals/groups that sell the most tickets!
The top three individuals or groups who sell the most tickets overall will also receive prizes in the form of $100, $75, and $50 gift cards. The two top-selling Kyrene Schools will win a prize for their school.


First Place Prize: An Author Visit for your school

Award-winning author and illustrator, Kevin Sylvester, will come to your school and offer a full day of presentation (up to 4 separate sessions) with your students. Kevin’s presentations are high-energy fun and includes a talk about creativity (Be Curious!) as well as his 5-second cartooning lesson. Kevin has visited dozens of schools in the Valley (including Norte and Aprende) and hundreds world-wide. His presentations are applicable to both elementary and middle schools –different books are highlighted based on grade level. Some of his books include: Super Duper Monster Viewer, Splinters, MINRS1-2, Neil Flambé 1 and 6 (set in Arizona – with the bad guy named after Kyrene Aprende school!), and Basketballogy. Unlock your students’ inner artists, and have a fun time yourself, while also learning fun facts about space travel, history, and food. As a bonus, Kevin also leaves behind original sketches the kids can use for reference when they do their own doodles. A selection of Kevin Sylvester’s books will also be donated to your school’s library.

Value: $1800

Second Place Prize: A Make-Your-Own Sundae Bar for teachers and staff at your school

Culver’s will come to your school and provide all the fixings for a frozen custard sundae bar for your school’s teachers and staff to enjoy.

Value: Up to $500 (Varies depending on school size)

Opportunity Drawing Tickets

Tickets: $10 each

Select school and provide teacher’s name, or General (No School).


Download Opportunity Drawing Prize Flyer


You are invited to join the long list of past generous supporters who helped us raise more than $54,000 last year to benefit our students and programs. Sponsors are offered various levels of recognition to highlight their business. Attendance at the event allows you to personally engage with our Kyrene community while supporting our cause. By donating an item to our auction, or contributing by means of one of our sponsorship levels, you too can invest in education and make an impact on our whole community!


Sponsorship Levels



Fair Market Value: $850

  • 10 tickets to Taste event
  • Reserved table for 10 in prime location
  • 2 drink tickets per person
  • Opportunity to speak at event
  • Logo with live link in TASTE e-blasts
  • Website recognition:
    color logo with live link
  • Event recognition:
    full page in slideshow; table signage; company mentioned at presentation
  • Program recognition:
    sponsor list; full page ad



Fair Market Value: $750

  • 10 tickets to Taste event
  • Reserved table for 10
  • 1 drink ticket per person
  • Logo with live link in Taste e-blasts
  • Website recognition:
    color logo with live link
  • Event recognition:
    full page in slideshow; table signage
  • Program recognition:
    sponsor list ; half page ad



Fair Market Value: $650

  • 10 tickets to Taste event
  • Reserved table for 10
  • Logo in TASTE e-blasts
  • Website recognition:
    color logo
  • Event recognition:
    logo in slideshow; table signage
  • Program recognition:
    sponsor list; quarter page ad



Fair Market Value: --

  • Logo in TASTE e-blasts
  • Website recognition:
    color logo
  • Event recognition:
    logo in slideshow
  • Program recognition:
    sponsor list; quarter page ad

If you are interested in donating an item to our silent auction or donating an in-kind gift to our event, please download our Donation form.
If you have any questions, please contact Anna Sylvester at anna_sylvester@hotmail.com

On behalf of the Taste of Kyrene Committee and the Kyrene Foundation, we appreciate your consideration in supporting our Kyrene Schools. Remember, your donation is tax deductible.


March 3 @ 7:00 pm
March 9 @ 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Kyrene Foundation


Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
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Phoenix, 85044 United States
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