AUCTION 2020, Carol Bartz in charge

Our Annual Auction is a vital part of our congregation both for meeting our budget and for building community. It gives us a chance to show off or share our talents since most of the items and events are donated by none other than MUUF members! The most popular events are the variety of dinners and trips that occur throughout the year—these always turn out to be fun whether you are the host or one of the guests! There are sample catalogs from previous auctions and from other UU churches. Volunteers  help with record keeping and money collection, getting business donations, set up, food, clean up, and transportation. It’s more fun when you are involved!

Schedule for 2020

Sunday, November 10, 2019    First Planning meeting

January 26, 2020                       Deadline for promissory notes (what you will donate, to be included in the catalog)  

Saturday, February 1, 2020      Set up for auction

Sunday, February 2, 2020       Catalog available

Sunday, February 2, 2020       Silent Auction begins and ends February 10. 

 Sunday, February 9, 2020     Live Auction & Lunch. Raffle

Auction Report for 2019

Our goal was $7,000 and we surpassed that! We have $8,086 and are awaiting a few of the payments as well as having some additional items/dinners/events that are still available.

Sunday afternoon proved to be enjoyable with our lovely lunch—Shirley Loebel, Mary McClendon, & Lee Summerville, entertainment—Lois Stilley, Barbara Jensen, Carol Alt, Barbara Duncan, Klara Weis and Klara’s sister, Ellie, & Shirley Loebel, libations—Walter Pascal, and demonstrations of generosity!

Auctioneer Ed Janz playfully taunted bidders to keep going higher, Carolyn Baker surprised us all by offering a second 6 nights stay at her cottage in Key West and Rev. Fred’s offerings brought in some delightfully high bidding. Bill Hayes, Pat Rohrer, & Mary Lou Thompson handled the money and Becky Smith & Karen Salinger were efficient and accurate data entry people while Sally Isham kept the paperwork organized and John Isham was drafted to do the 50/50 raffle. Thank you to all for donating, purchasing, helping with set up and clean up, and smiling! We will keep you informed of our final figure when we have it! Enjoy the dinners, trips, and opportunities to get together throughout the year! Thank you again!

2019 Auction included the largest collection of unique social events and items than we have ever had! Thank you to all of you who have offered your time, talents, and treasures. There were over 125 items to bid on including:

• special dinners, brunches and lunches • choose sermon topic for Rev. Fred to write & share on Sun. & genealogy research for you by Rev. Fred

• wine tasting & lessons in art, bridge, Mahjongg, computer basics, piano

• chocolate lovers’ delight basket including liqueur & wine

• trips or tours at Selby Gardens, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

• 6 nights accommodations in Key West, 1 night at Hampton Inn

• tickets to South Florida Museum, Manatee Performing Arts Center

• 14 different Vera Bradley purses & totes

• home maintenance & pressure cleaning

• murder mystery, kayaking, sing-a-long, Scrabble

• incredible artwork & jewelry

• gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses

• member-donated gift card for Berns Steakhouse & Pier 22

• household items in new or like new condition

• with a few last-minute items to come

Every Picture Tells a Story  One of our gems for our annual auction was an original watercolor of a beach scene painted by Martha Hartman. Marty, born in 1922 in Alabama, dreamed of becoming an artist and began attending Ringling School of Art in 1945 where she met fellow artist, William Hartman, whom she married the following year. Together they opened the Hartman Gallery and Art School, and in the early 1950’s as Marty tried to enter her work in art shows she realized that the art world was not particularly receptive to women’s art. She formed a group of women painters, naming themselves the “Petticoat Painters,” (tongue in cheek originally, but then they chose to keep the name) so that they could arrange their own exhibits. The group Petticoat Painters remains in existence today with its membership restricted to only twenty women artists, by invitation only, and they continue to do exhibits nationally. There is a documentary video entitled “Sixty and Strong” celebrating the sixtieth year of the group’s existence. Marty passed away in 2017 and her son, William, currently has a gallery in Sarasota.


Bring friends to the auction! Come with a spirit of fun and generosity

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