Our popular Spring Auction, UUCWC’s biggest fundraiser of the year, accounts for 10% of our operational budget — an ambitious goal to be sure. Last year, because of the generous contributions of our members and friends, we not only met, but exceeded, our financial commitment. And now you can contribute toward this year’s auction to ensure its success.
If you’re a new member or haven’t participated in a UUCWC auction, you may not be aware of all the ways you can contribute to our silent auctions (April 14 and 28), and live auction (May 4). As you read on, you’ll see examples of items donated for our 2018 auction listed in parentheses.
What do you or your family like to do? How could you share that?
Like to cook or to dine out?
- Host a meal in your home, a great way to share both food and fellowship (BBQ rib dinner, pasta supper, clambake, garden brunch, afternoon tea).
- Host a meal at a favorite local restaurant of your choice.
- Offer a tasty, home-cooked dish to lucky winners (veggie lasagna, soup, shepherd’s pie, baked goods).
Enjoy cultural events? Donate a concert, theatrical event or museum visit (Princeton University Art Museum, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bucks County Playhouse, Magic Gardens Museum).
Do you have a special skill, talent or interest you can share or teach?
Why not invite others to join in something you love to do (plant potting, sing along, bocce ball, silk scarf painting, jewelry making, movie watching, game playing, photography, bowling, dancing, Trenton Thunders game)?
Can you offer a service? Use your expertise to help someone else (home energy audit, handyperson service, dance lesson, photo shoot, hair styling, tennis lessons, hypnosis, nail treatment, tutoring, childcare).
Do you have treasures that need a new home?
Gently used items that you’ve enjoyed or new items you can’t use are always a hit in both our silent and live auctions, as well as our boutique (jewelry, scarves, custom or original artwork, home décor, handmade crafts, small appliances).
Could you offer your vacation home?
Share your favorite getaway spot. Bidding is always lively for a weekend or week-long stay at a vacation destination.
Can you donate a gift basket or gift card?
Put together an appealing assortment of goodies (wine, baking supplies, beauty products, gourmet foods, hair care) or contribute a gift card to an area restaurant or shop. Many businesses are happy to donate items or gift cards for a good cause — it doesn’t hurt to ask!
As you can see, the possibilities are endless! Let your creativity be your guide. You don’t need to spend a lot — if anything — and you can team up with other people if you’d like. If you’re unable to host at your home, dinners or events can also be hosted at the church.
The deadline for contributions is March 24. You can submit your contributions in two ways:
- Fill out the Contribution Planning Form online.
Pick up a paper form at the auction table in the church lobby before or after Sunday services.
If you have questions or would like more information:
- Stop by our table to speak to an auction team member
- Attend one of our Middle Hour sessions (Sundays, Feb 17 and Mar 17)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
by Marcia Wittmann, UUCWC Auction Committee