• Tickets on sale now! Get Early Bird rates before January 10!

      Tickets on sale now! Get Early Bird rates before January 10!

Purchase tickets by clicking here

If you are purchasing tickets on your mobile device, you will need to click on the pull down menu on the left and select "Tickets and Sponsorships."

Tables will seat 8-10 people.  If you would like to sit with someone specific, please list them in the "Special Requests" box.  If you would like to be placed at your kid's grade level table, please list that instead.  We will try our best to accommodate all requests if it is possible.

1. Please indicate - in the "Special Requests" box - who you would like to sit with after you choose your ticket type and quantity. Then scroll down and click "next."

2. You will be prompted to "Sign in and continue" with your BidPal username and password.  If you have not attended a Sycamore auction or trivia night in the last few years you will need to create a new username and password for this event. 

3. Once you are signed in to your BidPal account you will enter your seating request in the space marked "Special Requests." 

2020 Auction Gala: Light Up The Night

Saturday, February 1, 2020

An evening of great food, drinks, the best company, and exciting auction items! It is the return of the Sycamore Auction. Experience a fabulous night out while fundraising for a good cause.

  •    Seated Dinner and Full Open Bar
  •    Silent Auction
  •    Live Auction
  •    Dessert and Afterparty

Purchase tickets here

•  Dinner and Drinks
Start your evening with a full open bar including a special cocktail prepared exclusively for our event. Enjoy a dinner menu created by our guest chef from Jonathan Byrd's.
•   Silent Auction
From amazing experiences to irresistible items, the silent auction has something for everyone! Provide your cell phone number during registration for mobile bidding, and you’ll be all set to win your favorites! 

•   Live Auction
Even if you don't win what you were bidding on in the silent auction, do not worry!  We have saved many of our most popular items for the live auction. So raise that bid paddle during our live auction, with our auctioneer Sherry Truhlar.

•   Dessert and Afterparty
Join us after the auction to relax and unwind with some lively music, good fun, and a few surprises in store for everyone!


Auction Night 2020 is the only event where more than 300 Sycamore parents, parents of alumni, board members, grandparents, artists, sponsors, guests, and alumni and nearly 90 teachers and staff have the opportunity to get together under one roof and socialize.

This event is the Sycamore School Association’s major fundraiser this year. The money raised at the auction supports academics, extracurricular activities, financial aid, and facility improvements.

2020 "Light Up The Night" Platinum Sponsor:



  • As an independent school, Sycamore School receives no government funding.
  • 16% of our students receive Financial Assistance. 
  • 9% of the annual cost of a student’s education must be paid by non-tuition contributions.
  • Sycamore School does not operate with an endowment.
  • Teachers are recruited and trained with a focus on gifted education and differentiated instruction.
  • 100% of lead teachers are certified/eligible for High Ability Licensure
  • Current faculty includes winners of state and regional teaching awards.
GIFTED PEERS provide camaraderie and challenge to ensure an energetic and stimulating learning environment. 

Our curriculum is developed to be fully integrated, starting from the preschool level, and it utilizes the most internationally proven methods of education, all delivered at an accelerated pace.
STEM EDUCATION COMBINED WITH AWARD-WINNING ART AND MUSIC PROGRAMS give our students the opportunity to dive deeply into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, while benefiting from the brain-stimulating power of music and the arts. 
  •   Award winners of regional, state, and national MathCounts, National Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, State Spanish Competition, ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Performances.
  •   Hosts 400 middle school girls at annual Girls STEM Conference.
DIVERSITY of our student body is vital in preparing our students for a globally integrated future. Currently, 39% of Sycamore students are students of color.
EMBRACING LOCAL & GLOBAL COMMUNITY is critical as we prepare our students to use their gifts to make a positive impact on their world.
  •   Creation of a Little Free Library and ongoing support for the Crooked Creek Food Bank.
  •   School-wide study of the global water crisis, culminating in the funding and drilling of a well for a school in Zimbabwe.
  • Opportunities to volunteer at multiple school-wide philanthropic events through our Sycamore Serves community service program.
SMALL CLASS SIZE supports differentiated instruction.
  • Preschool – 5:1 student to faculty ratio. 
  • PreK – 6:1 student to faculty ratio.
  • K to 8 – 10:1 student to faculty ratio.

Auction 2020 / FAQ

The Auction is coming!!!
Here is hopefully everything you need to know about this year’s auction!

What exactly is The Auction for Advancement?
The Auction for Advancement is Sycamore School’s major fundraiser this year. Our tuition does not cover the full cost of a Sycamore education. The money raised at the auction helps close the tuition gap and directly funds academics, extra-curricular activities, and facility improvements. While the aim of the auction is to raise money, it is also a lot of fun for all attendees! The auction is an opportunity for our entire adult community -- parents, teachers, staff, the Board of Trustees, past parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends of the school -- to come together and have an exciting night out!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

502 East Event Center (502 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel IN 46032)

The Auction will take place from 6:00 pm – midnight. The silent auction will start the night, followed by dinner, then the live auction, and finally, the after party (see more on this below!)

Dress Code:
This year’s dress code is cocktail attire, but also dress to have fun!

The cost is $90 per person until January 10. After that date, early bird ticketing ends, and the price will increase.

Will there be food?
Yes, a full sit down dinner is included in the price of your ticket. You can choose your meal preference when you register.

Will there be drinks?
Yes, open bar is also included in the price of your ticket!

What happens at the auction?
There will be a silent auction, live auction, raffle, and other fun ways to win items. We will have a professional auctioneer on hand and our very own Sycamore parent Jay Hermacinski will once again be our emcee! In addition, after the official auction activities finish, there will be an “after party” at 502 East.

What is the “after party”?
To give you more time to hang out with your friends, we will have music, dessert, and some fun surprises at the venue itself following the conclusion of the live auction. You do not need to stay for the after party, but we think once you see it, you won’t want to leave!

What kinds of items will be in the auction?
Items will range from restaurant gift cards to signed sports memorabilia to one of a kind experiences. Once again, the staff and teachers have graciously donated highly sought after opportunities and experiences that your child will not want to miss!

How do I bid on items?
You can pre-register your information before you even arrive at the event. All bidding is done electronically – you can use your cell phone, iPad, etc. If you are unable to attend, you can still bid from home.

Can I volunteer?
Absolutely!  There will be opportunities to help before, during, and after the auction. If you’d like to donate an item to the auction, there is still time! You can drop it off at the front desk or email Carley Schutz (email is below).

Is there assigned seating?
When you RSVP, you will see a text box in which you can request some friends you’d like to sit with, or you can indicate if you’d like to sit with fellow grade-level parents. If the latter, we’ll make sure to coordinate – we aim to please  

As you can see, the auction is a wonderful event that brings the families of the Sycamore community together in support of our children. We hope you will consider joining us for this fun-filled, worthwhile event!

Click here to register: http://www.sycamoreschool.org/auction If you have any questions at all about the auction, please contact Carley Schutz at schutz.carley@sycamoreschool.org. We hope to see you there!