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SILENT AUCTION
WHAT IS A SILENT AUCTION?

This is a creative and fun way for the members of Stoa to “Invest in Stoa.” A silent auction is a type of charity event where participants peruse items that are up for auction. More specifically, guests bid “silently” by writing their offer on a bid sheet, rather than aloud to an auctioneer. In addition, it is a fun social activity while supporting Stoa.

DONATIONS
Every good auction needs items to bid on and we are hoping you can help us get started now in procuring items. “Showcase Items” are what bring bidders to the auction – Vacation travel, Disneyland, jewelry, celebrity meetings, etc. Any donated goods, services, or experiences are welcome.

Knowing that a great deal of NITOC participants travel via air, we are looking at items that are easy to travel with or that the donor is willing to ship the winner after NITOC. Here are some ideas to get you started. Ideas are endless, and we hope this list gets your creativity going:
STEP 1: DONATE
After you have procured an item, you will need to complete a donation form. This form is used to communicate information about the item and donor. Later, it will be used to generate auction signage and donor receipts.
STEP 2: SEND
  • Please mail all silent auction items by May 5 to the Silent Auction Coordinator, 20912 Northeast 117 Street, Redmond, WA 98053.

  • If you are unable to mail in time for receipt by May 9, the Advancement and Partnership Committee will be at Student Registration to collect physical items for the auction.

  • Under Step 2: Additional details for how to send or share your item are listed on the Donation Form.

STEP 3: WHAT TO EXPECT AT NITOC
  • The Silent Auction will take place in the CU Arena, Upper Level, from Wednesday, May 24, until 3pm on May 25. Be sure to stop by and bid on our wide selection of donated items!

ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions, please email stephanie@stoausa.org.

We hope the idea of a Stoa Silent Auction gets you excited! It is an opportunity for our members to fellowship while increasing donations for Stoa. When the auction is live, please stop by to bid on items! We are hopeful that this will be a great Stoa community event, benefiting the Stoa we all love.
SILENT AUCTION FAQ
HOW DO I DECIDE WHAT TO PROCURE FOR THE AUCTION?

Do I own - (or someone you know) -


A cabin, time-share, VRBO/Airbnb, season tickets (sports, the arts, zoos, museums, etc.), a pair of tickets, etc.


Do I have -


The ability to knit, sew, bake, scrapbook, paint or draw, teach a cake decorating or cooking class. What passion or ability do you, family or friends have that you can share with someone else? You can teach locally (if possible) or via Zoom.


Do I visit –


Shop at a store all the time that you can ask for a donation? Does your family take a vacation at the same place every year? Do you enjoy a particular restaurant, shop in a specific boutique or hardware store? Most businesses have a giving budget and are interested in supporting their loyal customers and the local community. Start by asking what the procedure is for requesting a donation. This opens the subject in a non-pushy way. 

  • Take a Procurement Letter and Procurement Form with you. The letter helps to introduce Stoa to the business and is the official support behind your request. The form allows the business to complete the paperwork when putting their donation together.   

Do I know –


Someone famous – in government, in business, a singer, movie star, a local TV personality? Ask if they will donate a lunch, an autograph or a piece of memorabilia, a tour, or tickets to see them perform. Or, maybe you know someone who has access to a special place or experience that would make a great auction item.


Do I need –


More inspiration? Additional ideas, look at the chart below. See what is selling on Etsy and Groupon to get your creativity going.

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