In recent years, Prairie Fest has raised over $60,000 to support the students and programs of our Prairie Schools. Prairie Fest is the Prairie School Foundation's signature event. The Prairie Fest Committee, selected from among the foundation board, chooses a theme for the event. Our guests, almost 500 of them, are encouraged, but not required, to dress-up accordingly. Prairie Fest has four corporate sponsors with an additional 15 businesses sponsoring corporate tables.
The doors open at 4:30pm when the participants can register, enjoy a complimentary beverage, catch-up with friends and view the hundreds of silent and live-auction items donated by local businesses, merchants and individuals. The committee initiated the use of a cell phone-based bidding system for Prairie Fest 2017. The system allows bidders to follow the silent auction from virtually any location. They can bookmark items of special interest and bid remotely on those items. Dinner is served at 6:15pm and a very brief program is usually incorporated into the dining hour. A live auction is held once dessert has been enjoyed by the participants.
Prairie School Campus Street Signs (Each winning bidder can personalize their street sign with their business name or perhaps the names of their Prairie Students).
Sideline passes to Prairie Varsity Football games.
A lifetime family activity pass for all Prairie-sponsored activities.
Premium seating for Prairie graduations offering 10 reserved seats with the best views and vantage points for pictures of the graduates.
There are always a variety of other auction items including dinner prepared in your home by a professional chef, top quality bicycles, vacation packages, hotel suites, date night packages and many more opportunities.
Raffles have long been a Prairie Fest tradition. In 2017, the foundation raffled 100 bottles of wine donated by board members and divided among three winners. We also raffled a $500 gift card donated by Scheels.
Prairie Fest 2018 has been scheduled for Saturday, March 24th. Ticket buyers for the 2017 Prairie Fest will receive an email notice when registration is open for 2018. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please phone 319-530-3372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or your business would like to donate items to either of our auctions please contact the foundation by phone or email as shown above.
Prairie School Foundation
401 76th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034
Phone: (319) 848-5256
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