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.
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, and all you have to do is show up.
Questions? Want to volunteer? We're waiting to hear from you at email@example.com.
Auction Donation Ideas:
Will you offer to host:
Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, BBQ, dessert, pool party, murder mystery dinner, progressive dinner, or picnic?
Can you offer your services to:
Organize, cook, bake, babysit, clean, tutor, handyman, teach, sing, garden, paint, pet sit, cater, drive, tax preparation, photography lessons, financial consulting, knit, crochet, or sewing lessons?
Can you give:
Hand made craft item, gift basket, vacation home, gift certificate for a restaurant, spa, haircut, car wash, concert, play, movie, golf, music lessons, amusement park, sports event, etc.
Submit your items online at the auction website, www.togetherauction.com/ocuuc or by filling out a form available at the Auction Table on Sunday.
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.
Use the online catalog to enter your item OR fill out one of the brightly colored forms you see all around church.
For instance, you might offer:
“Super Bowl Party, on ___________date, at ___________time, 20 spaces available, starting bid $10 per person, come to my house and watch the game on my big-screen TV< lots of snacks and betting on the outcome. Great for families, children’s activities included.”
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. Consider teaming up with a friend, especially if this is your first time. 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.
2. Plan Your Bidding:
Peruse the final auction catalog for donations, check your calendar, and plan what you want to bid on. If you will be unable to attend the auction don’t let that keep you from the fun. Ask a friend to bid for you, or let us find a proxy bidder for you.
3. Attend the Auction
What happens that day?
Come early to socialize and plan your bidding. Buy raffle tickets and sign up for poster items. Enjoy a drink and dinner. Children can stay with their parents for the evening or enjoy supervised activities planned just for them. Then the live auction begins! Everyone attending signs up for an auction paddle. The number on the paddle is used to keep track of your bids so we can send you a bill after the event. Most events are sold in live bidding, where an auctioneer controls the price of the item to fill the number of spaces available. Some events are called “poster items.” These are usually events with a large number of spaces sold at a fixed price. You just sign up for these events, first come, first served until the spaces are filled.
When do I pay?
Raffle tickets and items for sale at the auction are paid for that night (bring cash). You can pay for your purchased auction items that night (PayPal, credit card, check, or cash), 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:
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.
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.
There will be Auction Committee members on the patio to answer questions, offer advice, and help plan your offerings. Look for the brightly colored auction offering forms all around the church.
Questions? Contact email@example.com or stop by the Auction table in the courtyard on Sunday morning.
If you participated in the auction as a seller or a bidder, you have convenient online access to your information. You will be directed to a different website.
You will be asked to log in. Phone numbers have been used as login ids, with the last four digits as the password. It is probably your home phone number, but in some cases we used cell phone numbers. If we did not have a phone number for you at all, we used 888-888-8888. If you ever get lost, click on 'my statement' in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Once you have logged in, click on your name on the lower part of the page to access your statement. If more than one name appears, it is because there is more than one bidder or donor in the household. Please access them all to get all your information.
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.