ANNUAL AUCTION   Carol Bartz in charge

Annual Auction       2021                 Carol Bartz

Every year we have our annual auction for two purposes—connecting with one another and to raise funds to meet our fellowship’s annual budget.  This year we are faced with the challenge of how to do this virtually.  If you would like to be a part of the planning process, please plan to stay after the Sunday service on November 15 as we brainstorm ideas.  We need to think about how to present and run the auction as well as the types of offerings members can make that honor social distancing and keep people safe.  Other churches and non-profit organizations are finding ways to do this during these unusual times and we can adopt some of their ideas and also come up with our own creative answers!  See you on the 15th!

Afterwords March 2020 from Carol:

Our Auction Lives On

Many were involved with helping to make this year’s auction a success. Thank you to Todd Borselle for preparing lunch; Ed Janz for serving as auctioneer; Gary Allen, Randy Coleman, Sharon & Mark Chofey, Mary Desmone & Steve Henry, Sally Isham, Mary McClendon, Linda Marshall, Pat Rohrer, Alia Starkweather, Linda Wilke for helping to set up on Feb. 1;  AJ Wolff for hanging the artwork; John Isham, Mary Frances Kordick. Rev. Fred, & Bob Yavis for getting business donations; Bill Hayes, John Isham, and Sandy McCarthy for serving as cashiers;  Sandy McCarthy for setting up using Square for credit cards; Karen Salzinger, Becky Smith, and Rosa Whiting for entering sales data; Sally Isham for proofing the catalog and keeping paperwork organized; Karen Salzinger for printing the catalog; Cory Prout for doing extra cleanup in the kitchen; and Walter Pascal for selling raffle tickets.

 As of the time of this writing we have $6,921 with expectations of a bit more coming in.  This year we almost tripled the number of in-home dinners and business donations from last year and doubled the number of restaurant dinners purchased by our members to treat the bidder as a guest or with a gift card.  These events will stretch out through the month of June as members gather together to socialize and dine together. The Live Auction was lively and competitive with a variety of items ranging from Rev. Fred’s offers of choice of a sermon topic and genealogy research to scratch off lottery tickets to a reserved parking space to 2 nights at St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine to sponsoring the civil rights Sunday service offered by Mary Desmone and Steve Henry and ending with an unusual necktie.

Plans for next year definitely include starting earlier to get business donations.  If you have ideas on ways to boost our auction to a higher level, please let Carol Bartz know. One thing we definitely can surmise is that our members like to socialize and dine!  We are especially interested in hearing feedback about the format of the auction with the silent auction lasting a week with lunch and live auction on the second Sunday.

AFTERWORDS February from Carol:

Thank you to all who participated in the auction by donating or purchasing items It was a fun afternoon with the delicious lunch prepared by new member and talented chef Todd Borselle and with the competitive bidding in the Live Auction urged on by auctioneer Ed Janz. There is a list of items still available that you may wish to look at to see if there is anything else you would like to purchase. So far it looks as though we are in the ballpark of having raised $7000. Final figures will be available soon.

And from us all: the auction couldn’t have happened without Carol Bartz at the helm. Thank you, Carol!

We are excited about our upcoming Annual Auction in 2020 because this is a vital part of our congregation. It allows us to meet our budget and helps us build up our community. Our wonderful and talented members donate all of the items you see in the auction. The most popular events are a variety of dinners and trips that occur throughout the year.  Enjoy sample catalogs from past auctions and from other Unitarian Universalist churches plus so much more.

When: Sun., Feb. 2     Silent Auction begins through Feb. 9
        & Feb. 9 Lunch, Silent Auction concludes, and Live Auction
Where:  Manatee UU Fellowship
Why:  Fun, Fellowship, Finances

This year we have 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. Our goal this year is to enjoy one another and to raise money! We have over 125 items to bid including:

•many special themed dinners at homes, traditional tea, tapas—all done on first come basis on sign-up sheets
•choose sermon topic for Rev. Fred to write & share on Sun. & genealogy research for you by Rev. Fred
•“Stump the Wine Guy,” singing telegram
•membership at Selby Gardens,
be a guest at Bishop’s Museum of Science & Nature,
tickets to Manatee Performing Arts Center
•Earth Box Growing System
•home maintenance, consultation for a “whole new look” of your living space, cleaning of your home
•canoeing with campfire dinner,
Irish sing-along with Shirley Loebel
•Instruction? French lessons, bridge lessons, knitting or crocheting instruction, watercolor, acrylic or silk painting lessons, piano lesson, computer help
•7 different Vera Bradley totes/travel bags,
Steve Madden clutch bag
•incredible artwork & jewelry,
collectable silver dollars
•gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses•member-donated gift cards to Pier 22, Mitaka Japanese Ramen House, Riverhouse Waterfront
•your own reserved parking spot
•household items in new or like-new condition

Set up was on Sat. Feb. 1.  Catalog registration starts on Feb. 2 and it’s only $5 to receive your bidding number, catalog, and lunch which will be on Feb. 9 after the service. Lunch is being prepared by new member, Todd Borselle! There’s something for everyone! Come often throughout the week of Feb. 2 –9 to raise your bid on Silent Auction items or to enter your name on the sign up sheets for in home dinners. Ed Janz will be our auctioneer! We’ll have raffle drawings! Bring friends! Questions? Contact Carol Bartz         941 224-9158.

Our volunteers help out with money collection, record keeping, food, and set up. We can always use an extra set of hands, sign up today!