Due to COVID-19, our annual CDS Auction has been cancelled for 2020. 
If you would like more information or would like to support Auction 2021, please e-mail events@cds.on.ca. Thank you!

About The Auction

Join us for Auction 2020 on Friday, May 29!

The CDS Auction has historically been referred to as the “best annual event in King.” First held in 1974 at Eaton Hall on Seneca College’s King campus, this unforgettable event has consistently raised upwards of $200-$250,000 each year, for a running total of the past 46 years of more than $6.1 million dollars.

For the past eight years, this event has been held in our Cyclone Dome, which gets transformed from soccer dome to party setting that you need to see to believe. The photos on these pages only can attempt to do it justice.

Tickets go on sale in late March, but prior to that you can start talking it up with your friends. Afraid that it’s not your scene? Then why not make it your scene by gathering nine friends to join you at a table for 10. Remember, this event directly benefits our students. Whether you attend, donate an auction item or cash, sponsor or advertise – we hope that each and every CDS parent will participate in our biggest party of the year – Auction 2020!

Hope to see you there!
Kim Nichols – Co-Chair
Sarah Powell – Co-Chair
Judy Totten – Co-Chair
Elizabeth Cartan
Jasmeet Chaudhry
Annette Ghezzi
Jessica Longo
Georgette Rotundo
Randee Sorbo
Lorri Tiberio-Leung
Virna Vitullo


List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • How does our Auction differ from a Gala?

    The Country Day School Auction is our largest social evening of the year and specifically hosted for our Parent community. As well as being a great social event, the evening is also the School’s largest fundraising event.
    Auction celebrates its 47th anniversary this year, something we are very proud of. However, we realize that unless you’ve been before, you may have no concept of what the evening entails. In fact, your thoughts may automatically go to a livestock or car auction … rest assured, this is not what this evening is about!
    The evening is a casual one – dress for the theme or dress in whatever you are comfortable in. No evening dresses or tuxedos required! The evening starts with a cocktail hour and raffle, unique entertainment and the silent auction begins. A served dinner and live auction follow. The remainder of the evening will then feature live entertainment, dancing and the conclusion of the silent auction.
    If you still don’t have a clear picture of the event, we encourage you to take the time to look at the photos from our most recent Auctions, and watch the dome transformation video – as we take an indoor soccer field and turn it into an amazing party space.
  • Who can attend and where is the party held?

    It is a fun-filled party for 500 people and includes parents, friends, alumni, staff and former parents - right here on the CDS Campus, in our own Cyclone Dome, on Friday, May 29.
  • What does the money from Auction 2020 go toward?

    Each year the School identifies an area of greatest need for the funds from the Annual Auction to be directed toward. Each year the event is very successful, raising in excess of $225,000 toward a variety of initiatives including; stadium seating and scoreboards, the traffic light, and the refurbishment of the Junior School Grade 3, 4, 5 corridor.
    This year all monies raised will go toward our Building Magic Campaign. This campaign will build a new wing for our beloved Junior School, a spectacular and welcoming entrance that will showcase our historic one-room schoolhouse, and rejuvenate our existing indoor and outdoor primary spaces.

What Does the Money Raised from the Auction Support?

Each year the School identifies an area of greatest need for the funds from the Annual Auction to be directed toward. On average, the event has raised in excess of $200,000 over the past few years.
In the past nine years, funds raised have been directed toward:

2011 – Paul C. Duckett Endowment Fund
2012-2016 Making Connections Campaign
2017 – Outdoor Seating and Scoreboards beside Hawksworth Field
2018 – Traffic Light on Dufferin Street
2019 – Rejuvenation of the Junior School Wing
This year the funds will be directed toward: