Fall Auction 2021 - It's the Great Auction, Charlie Brown!
OCUUC brings back our annual Fall Auction! Here is what you need to know:
Submit and bid here: http://togetherauction.com/ocuuc
We are working toward hosting an event on our church grounds that is COVID regulation compliant and allowing our members and friends the freedom to offer auction events for bidding that provide for the comfort and safety of individuals who host. Those standards will be made available in the individual catalogue listings. We all want to enjoy the company of our friends both new and familiar in the safest way and will meet any challenges as they arise.
Our twice-yearly auctions are our primary method of raising funds for OCUUC, apart from pledges. In addition to raising money, the auction also gives us a way to socialize with people from church in new and fun ways. There are two parts to an auction: donating goods and services and bidding on the offerings.
This year, our Auction has two components that will be managed differently than in the past. Most items and some services will be considered “Silent Auction” items and will be bid on our website exclusively. This is so that our congregants and friends who will not be participating on the day of the Live Auction will have more engagement with the Auction. They can still employ a Proxy of their choosing who will be at the event to bid on live events for them. The friend can even use their phone’s video capabilities to show the bidder what is going on! Those Silent Auction items will close bidding at noon before the Live Auction begins.
The Live Auction day begins with check-in, mingling, photo booth hijinks, snacks and beverages. Then we will have a chef-served luncheon and while you enjoy your meal in our courtyard, our Live Auction will commence! We finish with dessert and check out.
Why should you participate in the auction? When you offer an event, you are likely to receive bids from new friends as well as old. It is a great way to get to know each other. You can share a special interest or experience something new.
When you bid on an event, you are likely to receive much more than you spend. The donor will do the work to create a special occasion or service, and all you have to do is bid on it.
Questions? Want to volunteer? We're waiting to hear from you at email@example.com.
The auction is open to all: Members, Friends, Visitors and their friends and relatives. Here’s how it works:
1. Offer Something:
You decide what you want to offer, how many spaces you have available, a starting bid and a description of the item or event. You can donate your item directly. Simply go to http://togetherauction.com/ocuuc
Register yourself at the site providing your name and other contact information. Once done simply click on the “Donate an Item” button at the top of the page. Complete the information requested and submit. That’s all there is to it.
For instance, you might offer:
“Mom’s Homemade Apple Pie - an old family recipe handed down over several generations. It’s a classic version complete with lattice crust. Served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have a treat that can’t be beat!” -- 2 pies offered -starting bid $18.00.
You can offer a service, such as helping someone with a dinner party, and you can offer an event, such as a dinner or a picnic hike. You can offer an item, such as concert tickets or baked goods, home canned goods, holiday treats and more. Keep in mind that this is a fundraiser, so pick something that others will want to spend their money on. You may make as many offers as you want. If you need help thinking of something to offer, or how to plan your event, speak to us at the Auction table on the patio on Sunday, or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can start submitting items immediately. The more items we have the better we will do! You can also donate items directly using the form at: http://togetherauction.com/ocuuc
Plan Your Bidding:
Peruse the online auction items for donations, check your calendar, and plan what you want to bid on. The silent auction items can be bid on from November 1st - 13th. The online auction will end at 12:00 noon on November 13th, the live auction will end later that day.
Watch the silent auction every day to see how your bids are doing.
When do I pay?
You can pay for your purchased auction items at the close of the auction with a credit card), or you will be billed, which must be paid before the next auction (they're held in fall and spring).
In addition to your bill, you will also be sent a list of the items you offered and who bought them.
What if I buy a seat for an event and I can’t attend?
You are financially responsible for the seat you bought as it could have been sold to someone else. You can offer your place to a friend (especially a new member or visitor who wasn’t at the auction) or you can contact the host to see if they want to invite someone else.
What if I offer an event and then can’t host it?
You can try to find another day, time or type of event that you are able to host. Remember that you promised something that someone was willing to pay for. The sooner you contact your buyers to work out another plan, the better.
Are there any other guidelines?
Things to keep in mind:
Hosting: If you host an event, choose a date. We sometimes think it’s best to ask bidders for their availability but history on this shows that people are choosing which items to bid on based on their calendars already. They are coordinating bidding on multiple events and since Saturdays in particular are popular, if an event does not have a date, they tend to worry that there will be conflicts so that item ends up with fewer bids, earning less money for our beloved church!
Use of the church: If you would like to use the church for an auction event, please remember that you must check the church calendar with Sarah Jones, Administrator and it must comply with prevailing COVID restrictions.
Families: When you are deciding what to offer, keep in mind parents like to do things with their children (such as a bounce house party in your backyard or a hike and a picnic), children like to do special things without their parents (such as making crafts for Christmas presents or a trip to the zoo) and parents like to do things without their children (such as poker night). We try to have a good mix.
Timing: Auctions are organized approximately twice per year – spring and fall. Try to plan some things that happen months from now.
Work involved: It is really fun and a lot less work to host an event with a friend. Talk to your friends about hosting together or just brainstorm ideas for offerings.
Questions? Contact email@example.com or stop by the Auction table in the courtyard on Sunday morning.
You can view a summary of your purchases including the prices you offered. Simply login to: http://togetherauction.com/ocuuc and check your purchases.
All of the auction items that you purchased will be listed. If you donated any items, just click on the 'donations' link to see who bought your items.
Other things to consider:
- The people who attend the auctions have a good time and enjoy good food.
- We raise money towards the Church’s operating expenses.
- Those who attend get something direct and tangible in return for a donation to the Church.
- Many of the events offered for auction are a great way to find people in the church with similar interests and are a wonderful way to share your hobbies, interests, and special places with others.
- Often the events purchased get you to places and activities that you might not ordinarily go to or engage in because you are unaware of them.
- The events offered at the auctions provide important social interactions to help build our community through building personal relationships.
- Both the buyers as well as those offering items for purchase achieve satisfaction knowing that they are helping our Church community.