2019 Emerson School Auction


Friday, April 12, 2019, 6:00pm-10:00pm at Barton Hills Country Club

This is Emerson’s largest fundraiser of the year that benefits financial aid and learning opportunities for our all of our 320-plus students.

  • New Auctioneer and fun new format
  • 25-30 enhanced silent auction packages
  • 10 fabulous live auction experiences
  • Coveted class projects featured on the Online Auction for all families to bid on

How can you support the Auction?

Who goes to the Auction?
Attendees include Emerson parents and grandparents, alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends. Many couples attend, but it’s not uncommon for parents to attend solo. There’s a seating chart for dinner, and you can request to be seated with friends or other parents in your grade. Capacity for the event, which has been reached the last 6 years, is 250 people.

How much do tickets cost?
Tickets are $150/person, $50 of which is a tax deductible donation. Included are hors d’oeuvres, open bar with beer and wine, a complimentary glass of champagne, and dinner.

What is auctioned?
Approximately 25 silent auction and 10 live auction items will be auctioned, including party packages, event tickets, vacation packages, food, and wine. By far, the most popular live auction item is the paddle raise for financial aid.

What do I wear?
Emerson welcomes fashion diversity and creativity….but Barton does not welcome denim, so leave Levi Strauss at home.

Can I bring the kids?
The Auction is an adult event. Book your sitter early! If you need assistance finding childcare, contact Rose or Carly and they will be happy to provide a list of potential sitters and contact information.

Please contact Patty Aldrich, Special Events Associate, at (734) 665-5662/312,


  • Mark and Jen Pinto


  • Parent Director: Trish Heusel
  • Staff Directors: Lorna Hildebrandt and Patty Aldrich
  • Marketing and Graphic Design: Michael Shaw and Jason Beckerleg
  • Acquisitions: Chairs, Jennifer Nemecek and Sonia Raheja
  • Class Baskets: Chair, Robyn Bishop
  • Classroom Projects: Lorna Hildebrandt and Patty Aldrich
  • Data “Divas” Team: Chairs, Caroline Begola, Suzan Duenyas, and Dana DeBord
  • Decorations: Chair, Corina Mazak
  • Displays & Packaging: Chair, Jeanne Cooper
  • Packaging & Item Numbering: Chairs, Elizabeth Caswell and Christine Kim
  • Pick Up & Delivery: Chair, Liz Tolbert
  • Teacher Experience Raffle: Chair, Floor Williams-Walenkamp
  • Wine Pull: Chairs, Janine Huber and Sinem Unsal
  • Social: TBD


Volunteers will be listed here at a later time.