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Annual BCE Fundraising Soirée
November 4, 2023



We have answers to all of your questions about the annual BCE Fundraising Soirée, to be held on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Par 3 at Poplar Creek in San Mateo.  


Q: What is the BCE Soirée and how is different from the Gala?

A: BCE has taken all of your feedback and revitalized the Annual Fundraising Event to incorporate more time for mingling with a new layout and format. This fall, BCE will introduce the "Annual Fundraising Soirée," our refreshed, adult-only fundraising evening affair, where attendees will partake in an array of food selections, drinks, dessert, entertainment, and the Live Auction. Most importantly, the evening will continue to feature the ever-critical Fund-A-Need where guests donate to support our programs and teacher salaries.

Q: Do I have to be part of Scholars Circle to attend? 

A: No. The BCE Fundraising Soirée is open to everyone.

Q: Do I get to choose my seat? 

A: No. As part of the new format, the Soirée will not include a formal seated dinner or assigned seats. Instead, guests will have the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of delicious food and find a seat or an area to mingle that suits them best. 

Q: Is there a dress code for the Annual Gala?

A: The dress code is semi-formal. This year's theme is "Havana Nights." 

Q: Can I purchase tickets at the door?

A: No. We are unable to sell tickets at the door. 

Q. Can I participate in the Live Auction even if I don't attend?

A: Our Live Auction offers exclusive packages (destination travel, dining experiences, and more) which are only available to Soirée attendees. However, the Annual Auction is available online and will be open to all in Spring 2024. 

Q: Does the price of the ticket count toward my annual contribution to BCE? 

A: BCE is deeply grateful for your participation of the Fundraising Soirée. As per BCE's Gift Listing Policy, only donations of cash, stock/securities, automobiles immediately liquidated to cash, and employer matching gifts will determine a donor's annual campaign donation and listing level in BCE's annual report. Your Fund-A-Need contribution does count toward your family's annual gift listing level. 

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The Venue

Venue: Par 3 at Poplar Creek

Auctioneer Devon Bell provided by:


Note about COVID-19
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Although BCE has instituted reasonable practices in an attempt to lessen or reduce the spread of COVID-19, BCE cannot guarantee that you will never get exposed to the virus or get sick from it. By attending a BCE event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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