International Festival and Auction (IFA)

23rd IFA will be held Saturday, December 2!

The International Festival and Auction (IFA) has a long and vital history. Birchwood’s Parent Committee began the IFA 23 years ago as a celebration of our multicultural community and a source of health insurance funding for Birchwood’s teachers and staff. Since then, the IFA has evolved into the school’s single-largest fundraiser. It is an opportunity for families to come together in support of the school and spend a singular afternoon filled with food, music, children’s activities, auctions, and raffles!

IFA ✓ Checklist for Success


✓  Donate!
Gather items to donate for the Silent Auction. Accepting donations through Tuesday, November 28. Click here for a donation form.

✓  Attend!
Click here to buy your tickets online now! Last day for online ticket purchase is Wednesday, November 29 at midnight. Buy now and save, tickets will cost more at the door.

✓  Volunteer!
Click here to sign up for the many opportunities still available to assist with the IFA. There’s much to do and we need your help to make this a success.

✓  Food!
Click here to sign up to bring a potluck dish. We ask every family to prepare a dish which feeds at least 12 people.

Purchase Tickets

Click here to purchase tickets, make a donation, or here to browse auction items and join us on Saturday, December 2! We will be in Fogarty Hall having a great time! We hope to see you.

Make a Donation

Thank you for visiting your favorite places, shops/restaurants, for donations for the IFA Silent Auction. Please bring along the solicitation letter below as you visit all your favorite places.

Solicitation Letter

Donations may be dropped off in the main office. Please complete and attach a donation drop-off form with each donated item.

Donation Drop-off Form


To make this a success, we need your help by volunteering for the many jobs leading up to the big event! Please click here to sign up to help.

Bring a Dish

We also need need your assistance in bringing a food donation to make this a truly multi-cultural eating extravaganza. We ask all families – even if you can’t make it – to donate one item that feeds 12! It can be homemade or store bought. Please click here to sign up.

Proceeds from the IFA Support:


Signature Programs
Birchwood’s Signature Programs are opportunities and competitions, designed to provide children rich educational experiences seldom found in traditional classrooms, which extend learning in meaningful ways. With the support of the Birchwood community, it is possible to cover the costs of competition fees, offer travel scholarships, provide prep materials and, of course, staff each academic team with extraordinary Birchwood teachers. All of this without having to charge families more to participate!

Professional Development
The IFA supports professional development. Teachers are the heart of Birchwood School of Hawken. Our students succeed because our teachers are subject-matter specialists capable of differentiating and individualizing curriculum so that all students meet and exceed their potential. Thus, continuing education and the personal intellectual and character development for each teacher is a vital component of superior education.


The silent auction coming up at the December 2 International Festival and Auction (IFA) will feature some wonderful items. Get your tickets today. All to benefit Signature Programs and professional development at Birchwood School of Hawken.