by David Ranii
In response to the pandemic, this year’s UUFR auction fundraiser has moved online in order to be safe – while retaining the fun! In addition, making the auction more appealing to young adults and families is a priority.
Save the dates: November 13-21.
READ MORE ABOUT THE AUCTION BELOW, AND VISIT THE AUCTION WEBSITE TO DONATE ITEMS HERE.
NUTS AND BOLTS
The new online auction has lots of moving parts.
It has been expanded to nine days – November 13 through 21 – and will culminate on the final night with a Virtual Live Auction Event.
Final details of the auction, which will debut November 13, are still in flux. But here’s a preview of coming attractions:
- Silent Auction: Click on an item and you’ll see the current highest bid. In addition to placing a higher bid on the spot, you’ll also be able to set a maximum bid. If you do this and someone outbids you, the system will automatically place a higher bid on your behalf – at pre-set increments of $5 or more (the increments vary from item to item) – up to the maximum amount you’ve specified.
- Fixed Price: Hate trying to outbid others? Some items will be available for a set price. (No haggling.)
- Raffle: Chances are you know all about buying raffle tickets and taking your chances. These tickets are virtual, but the prizes are real – such as, for example, a gift card to a local restaurant or retailer. There will also be a 50/50 raffle where the proceeds will be split between UUFR and the lucky winner.
- Food Tickets: Purchase tickets for meals that will be available for contact-free pickup the day of our grand finale, the Virtual Live Auction Event.
- Virtual Live Auction Event: Hosted by David Potorti, this celebratory Zoom event will be held the evening of Nov. 21. We’ll unveil how much the auction raised. Raffle winners will be announced. Entertainment will be served. Wear your favorite festive, fanciful mask — it doesn’t need to be an N95 mask because we’ll all be on Zoom — and join the fun!
DONATE GOODS AND SERVICES
Donations of goods and services that can be put up for auction are being accepted Oct. 1 – Oct. 31. We’re especially looking for items that would resonate during the pandemic. Perhaps you could host a craft class via Zoom (after delivering the necessary materials to the winners). Or deliver a homemade dessert on a monthly basis. Or provide four hours of yard/garden work. You can find more ideas here.
To donate goods and services, go here and click on Donate Items at the top of the page.
PUT YOUR BEST MASK FORWARD
We’re seeking photos of UUFR members and friends in their favorite masks – Covid masks or festive masks – for a montage that will be shown during the Virtual Live Auction Event. Halloween masks are welcome. Creativity is encouraged. (Consider before and after photos – that is, one wearing a mask, one without a mask wearing a goofy grin.) Make it a family affair. Most importantly, have fun! Send your photos no later than Nov. 13 to [email protected]. And please put “Mask-erade Masks” in the subject line.
“Nothing is more real than the masks we make to show each other who we are.” – Novelist Christopher Barzak
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Traditionally, the biggest money-maker at UUFR’s annual auctions has come from in-person happenings, such as dinner parties and game nights. Although socially distanced versions of these events are likely to be available this year, the Auction Committee also is looking for fun new ways to bid for your attention.
Which brings us to gift baskets. If you’ve ever attended a gift basket fundraiser, you know that the baskets can be sweet and simple – and inexpensive – such as a chocolate lover’s delight (think Videri) or a car care package featuring everything from car wash mitts to air fresheners. Or they can be elaborate, such as a backpacking tent stuffed with everything you need for a wilderness escape.
The beauty of gift baskets is that they can be donated by an individual or by a group of friends. Or, if you’re a member of one of the many official and unofficial UUFR groups that enrich the congregation, think about galvanizing your group to go in on a basket.
AND THERE’S MORE…
Keep your eye on this space for upcoming details on this year’s online auction.
“MASK-ERADE AUCTION: LET’S SHOW OUR BEST FACE.”