The upcoming holiday season has me thinking about parties, and that naturally led me think about what we often serve at them ... food and alcohol.If you're seeking some new benefit auction item ideas and haven't yet tried a stock the bar| stock the cellar activity, maybe this is your year to try it. It's a way to have many people make a small contribution that enables you to sell a larger item at the auction.In this podcast, I explain what it is and different ways to execute it. Listen to the
The upcoming holiday season has me thinking about seasonal get-togethers. Here's a benefit auction item idea fitting to the season. I heard of an older couple who opted to forego the traditional gifts at their wedding. If any guest wanted to give a gift, the couple suggested bringing a bottle of wine so they could "stock the cellar." (I like this idea. I've got enough "stuff" for my house, but the cellar can always be filled.) Similarly, some bridal showers (co-ed) are "stock the bar"
When I visit with some organizations about their auction fundraiser, they insist that their charity auction crowd is unusually loud. "Sherry, we can't ever get them to pay attention," one will say. Or, "Our crowd likes to party." Pardon the expression, but to that I'll respond in a common phrase my Dad uses: "Well no shit, Sherlock." Your guests view the charity auction as a party. Good parties tend to be loud. For your guests, charity auctions are celebratory events. A portion of them
Not so long ago (like two weeks ago) I blogged about how dressing up to promote your charity auction could rank as one of those top concepts ... especially when it comes to school auction ideas. Now, I have proof. That's right. I have honest-to-goodness photographs proving that some of my fabulous school auction clients are doing just that. They are having fun, hamming it up, promoting their school auction ... by dressing up. Voici. Take a look at these shots. Here's someone clearly in a
UPDATE: This class has passed. To keep abreast of future calls, subscribe to Benefit Auction Ideas. ++++++ I wish someone had offered this class when I was a full-time event planner. Many nonprofits and some schools hold their charity auctions at outside venues ... most of which will require the group to sign a contract. But if you don't regularly work with contracts, they can be overwhelming. Not every organization can afford to have an attorney on staff to negotiate those written tomes,