The purpose of our annual auction is to create a fun, community-building event for our Members and Friends, and to raise money for the UUCM general fund. Once again, on November 3rd, the 2018 edition of the auction succeeded on both counts.
This year we celebrated with the theme of “Halloween Fun”. We had over 95 people attend, and their enthusiasm not only made it a lively and fun evening, but it helped us raise near-record amounts of money.
The auction offered 151 live and silent auction items, with something for everyone at a wide range of prices. Marc Doepner-Hove returned as the Auctioneer and kept the energy and the bids high throughout the evening. Overall, we raised $21,400 for the church from the winning bids of 64 households – just a few hundred dollars shy of last year’s record total.
I want to thank the volunteers that made this all happen: Karen Hulting, my co-leader, who also coordinated the auction night recordkeeping; Mary Cotton developed our theme and brought it to life; Melissa & Noel Martinson, Ben & Shelley Kyriagis, and Janna & Steve Sundby provided wonderful food for everyone; Stephanie Siewert and Janna & Steve Sundby arranged the drinks and the bartender. Stef Bell-Egge, Barb Jensen, Karen Zais, Sydney Zais, Steve Levin, Bob Dachelet, Stephanie Siewert, Lori Arnold, Bill Tregaskis, and Jackie Smolen helped auction night run smoothly; Judy Regan designed our logo and provided communications support; Nicolas Doepner-Hove and Ben Arnold provided child care; and a great crew (Bob Dachelet, Stephanie Siewert, Bill McKnight, Mary Cotton, Julia Antonsen) did the set-up.
I also want to acknowledge the buyers and donors who were key to our success. Thank you. You will all soon receive receipts detailing what you bought or sold. Questions? Just ask me.
We hope to see you all at next year’s Auction, tentatively scheduled for November 2, 2019. Put it on your calendar now!
– Fred Hulting, Auction Chair