2017 Auction Report

27 November 2017

2017 Auction Report: Submitted by Michele Page, Auction Chair

The church’s auction is the largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting the First Unitarian Church’s Mission and Vision and, more specifically to sustain our Assistant Minister, Monica Dobbins, and expanded Social Justice Programs.

First of all, a huge thank you to all those who attended the 2017 Auction; Women: The Ultimate Superheroes, honoring Kate Kelly, esquire. For those who were unable to attend, you truly missed an amazing evening. I have received multiple kudos from several attendees. I’d like to share a few of them with you:

Let me say that this year's auction was AWESOME, everything was great- the location, the food, the cocktails, Kate Kelly, Jim Dubakis, all the Super Women, and much more.  I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and could see your touch throughout.  Many kudos to you and all the committee and volunteers for throwing quite the party.  Thanks for all you did-“

Congratulations for the amazing success of the Auction.  The participation was astounding, and we know that DID NOT HAPPEN without an amazing amount of effort.  We especially loved the theme, the costumes, and the attention to detail.  We collected the “Women’s” cards left behind for family trivia games. We know that some men may have played a role, but this was clearly “Powered by Women” and it showed.  Way to go.”

Reverend Monica Dobbins introduced Kate Kelly, our Fairly Free Thinker Award recipient. We missed Reverend Tom Goldsmith and were sorry he was unable to attend. The food for the evening was provided by Chef Evan Francois and it was wonderful. Alcohol was donated by Ogden’s Own Distillery (Five Wives Vodka, Madam Pattirini Gin, and Porter’s Fire Whiskey). Signature cocktails were served up by Copa Crew, owned by bartender Mark Miller. The silent auction was filled with dinners and events and, even though it was a bit crowded, it was very well-received. The evening concluded with Senator Jim Dabakis auctioning off our 14 live auction items. He definitely made his mark once again by exceeding our expectations.

I am pleased to report that the 2017 Auction raised over $60,000. We still have a few dinners and events that have not sold out, so please check your inbox for the email blast letting you know what is still available for you to partake.

This could not have been such a success without the huge effort of a dedicated committee. Thank you so much to the auction committee: Teresa Dieringer, Marion Johnson, Di Johnson, Alice Brown, Colleen Bliss, Pete Esko, Sue Geary, Lissa Lander, Julie Miller, Cheryl Johnson, Adrienne Sprinter, Heather Dorrell and Suzanne Tronier.

If you enjoyed the evening, please take a moment to thank each of these individuals. If you missed it, plan to attend in 2018!