Buy Tickets or Sponsor the Auction

When & Where: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at The Falls at Trolley Square; 580 South 600 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102; South Building. Doors Open at 6pm.

Why Attend? Attending First Church’s annual auction fundraiser offers so many wonderful experiences for everyone. First, it is a fabulous evening, complete with entertainment, incredible items in the silent and live auctions, and splendid food and drink. Secondly, it provides each of you the opportunity to donate to the church in many ways; attending a donated dinner from our silent auction, signing up for an event, or bidding on one of our fabulous vacations or art offerings in the live auction. We also have our famous raffle baskets that are packaged so professionally, you would not believe a member of our church has created them. However, most of all, this auction is about giving; giving of yourself, giving of your time, and giving financially. This auction is not possible without the attendees, and that means each of you. If you have attended every year, if you have attended sporadically, or if you have never attended, this year is the year to attend. This is our largest fundraising event, by far, of the year. Please join us as we support our church for another year.

Auction Theme: The theme of our auction this year is Women: The Ultimate Superheroes, honoring Kate Kelly, esquire. Everyone attending the auction will have an assigned seat at a table. You can feel free to mingle about without fear of losing your precious seat. Doors open at 6pm. Meet and greet your old and new friends while having a drink, signing up for our silent auction offerings, and sampling some appetizers. Our Senior Minister, Tom Goldsmith, will present Kate Kelly with the Fairly Free Thinker Award. Afterwards, buffet-style dinner will be served. Our Live Auction follows dinner with returning auctioneer, Senator Jim Dabakis. His enthusiasm and entertaining style will ensure you stay for this “don’t miss” portion of the evening. The Silent Auction will close at 8:30pm. Winning tickets for winners of the raffle baskets will be drawn throughout the evening, so make sure you purchase your raffle tickets early and often.

Parking: There is plenty of parking in the parking structure at Trolley Square. There are many parking spots designated solely for The Falls Event Center. There is also an elevator, and no stairs into the venue, so it is accessible for all.

Childcare: Free Childcare will be provided at the church from 5:30pm until 10pm. The Auction begins at 6pm and ends by 9:30pm, so you should have ample time to stay for the entire auction.

About Kate Kelly: Kate Kelly is a zealous advocate and passionate activist. She has a JD from American University Washington College of Law, the only law school in the world founded by, and for, women. In 2013, Kate founded a group called Ordain Women to advocate for gender equality in the Mormon Church. She was convicted of apostasy by three male Mormon leaders and excommunicated in June 2014 for speaking out against the institutional oppression of women. In her legal career, she has had various opportunities including working as a law clerk at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; an attorney at the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights; Strategic Advocacy & Policy Counsel at the Planned Parenthood Associated of Utah, and many, many more. We are looking forward to hearing from, and meeting Kate at the auction.

Become a Sponsor:  We need your help.  Become a sponsor of the auction.  Sponsorship opportunities include monetary donations in the following amounts:

Platinum:  $1000; includes 4 tickets to the auction

Gold:  $500, includes 2 tickets to the auction

Silver:  $250, includes 1 ticket to the auction

Bronze:  $100

Alternatively, purchase a sponsored V.I.P. Table for $1500, includes eight V.I.P. seats at the auction.

We are looking for Business Sponsors also.  If you know of a business that we can ask to become a sponsor, please email  

If you are able to be an Auction Sponsor, please email

Donate Your Time:  If you have a few extra hours and are willing to help the Auction Committee, the day of, or prior to the auction, please send an email to  

Purchase Your Tickets and/or Sponsor:  You can purchase tickets and/or become a sponsor on the Church’s website by clicking here.  Alternatively, you can purchase tickets in person at the Auction table beginning Sunday, October 8th, after each service and each Sunday throughout the remainder of October.  Individual tickets are $60 each.  If you want to sit with your friends, please provide the names of all 10 people when you purchase tickets so you may sit together.  Regular tables will seat 10 people; Sponsored V.I.P. tables will seat eight people.  After you purchase tickets, please complete a form to register the credit card you would like to use for the auction with Hal in the office.  Forms will be available at the Auction Table each Sunday.  Please complete this form and register your credit card to ensure the line getting into the auction moves quickly.

Raffle Baskets:  Every year we have amazing baskets to raffle off during the auction.  You can preview them at the church for the last three Sundays in October after both services.  You can also purchase Raffle Tickets during this time (prior to the auction).  Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each or five for $20.00.  Come and see the amazing baskets we have to offer this year.

Silent Auction:  In addition to many wonderful dinners and guests, we also have a few events and some art we will have available for bidding in our silent auction.  The dinners have a price range that everyone can afford from family dinners where you can bring your children to elegant multi-course meals with wine pairings and a special invited guest.  We will also have a limited number of bracelets, made especially for the auction, that you may purchase the night of the auction, so come early.

Live Auction:  As in years past, we will have some amazing vacations for you to bid on during the live portion of our auction.  In addition, we will have an amazing quilt, made by one of our own members, as well as some impressive works of art.  You will not be disappointed.

The Bar:  This year, our bar service will be hosted by Copa Crew, a mobile professional bartending service.  A wonderful selection of wine and mixed drinks will be provide, including three signature cocktails, using homemade recipes and mixers. 

2017 Auction Committee:  Colleen Bliss, Alice Brown, Jan Crane, Teresa Dieringer, Heather Stewart Dorrell, Peter Esko, Sue Geary, Diane Johnson, Marion Johnson, Lissa Lander, Julie Miller, Michele Page (chair) and Suzanne Tronier.

Respectfully Submitted by:  Michele Page

 

Click here to buy Auction Tickets or to Sponsor the Auction

 

Event Information:

Annual Fundraiser Auction 
WOMEN:  The Ultimate Superheros; honoring Kate Kelly, esq
Date:  Saturday, November 4, 2017 6-10pm
Location:  The Falls at Trolley Square, South Building
580 South 600 East. Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Purchase Auction Tickets:  Price $60 per person

Become an Auction Sponsor:  

Church Sponsors: 

Platinum:  $1000 and up  (4 tickets included)

Gold:  $500 - $999   (2 tickets included)

Silver:  $250 - $499  (1 ticket included)

Bronze:  $100 - $249  

Table Sponsors (Business or church members):

$1500 ( 8 V.I.P. tickets included at V.I.P. table).  Sponsor name on table and in brochure.  Special gift at each place setting for V.I.P.'s 

Click here for sponsorship

Purchase Tickets: (two options)

Individual Tickets $60 

 

The camping trip is attended by approximately 80 to 140 people depending on campsite. It is a community building activity were attendees of both services and their families can take time to get to know each other away from the church. For many attendees it is a family church tradition.

The event covers 3 nights and 4 days on average. Family friendly activities take place every day and there is a huge pot luck that is often also attended by people who drive up just for the day (another 10 people or so). This summer we will be camping at Pine Valley North Group Site C located up Mirror Lake Highway. The site holds 140 people (number of vehicles 25).  Cost is $30 per car.

Arrival Date: Fri Jul 21 2017 Check-in Time: 2:00 PM  Departure Date: Mon Jul 24 2017 Check-out Time: 1:00 PM

Overview: Pine Valley North Wasatch Cache Group Campground is located on the beautiful Mirror Lake Scenic Byway in the Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah. The Uintas are known for their abundant recreational opportunities and scenic beauty.

Natural Features: The campground is situated among shady pines and aspens at an elevation of 7,400 feet. The dense stands of trees provide nice shade.

Recreation: The Lower Provo River is nearby, offering good trout fishing. Numerous hiking, biking and horseback riding trails crisscross this beautiful mountain area, including North Fork and Shingle Creek Trails. Off-road vehicle trails are in the vicinity.

Facilities: The campground contains three group sites with picnic and serving tables, grills, campfire circles and large paved parking areas. Vault toilets, and trash collection are provided. We are in Site C. Nearby Attractions: Mirror Lake Scenic Byway parallels the Lower Provo River as it snakes across a portion of the Uinta Mountains, leading to numerous high alpine lakes and streams, countless trails, breathtaking scenic viewpoints. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and biking are popular activities. The High Uintas Wilderness can be accessed from several trails along the byway.

There is limited parking, so please sign up  early by filling out the form and pay fee at by clicking here.  

This Sunday, June 11th, is the last worship service of the 2016-2017 Church Year. This service happens at 10 am and will include our new Assistant Minister, Rev. Monica Dobbins. You won't want to miss this service!

Here are some of the other schedule changes to be aware of:

  • June 18th: Summer Forum begins - all services at 10:00 am (click here for scheduled speakers)
  • August 27th: Worship services resume, 10:00 am
  • September 3rd: Worship service at 10:00 am
  • September 10th: Ingathering Sunday; Two services resume at 9:00 and 11:00 am; Religious Education program begins for the 2017-2018 church year

Picnic Info: Following the service on June 11th is our Annual Picnic at the Mt. Olympus Pavilion at Sugarhouse Park. 

  • PLEASE bring a salad or dessert to share and your own reusable, non-disposable dishes (plates/cups/bowls) and utensils so that we can limit the recycling and waste that we generate.  A dish washing station will be provided for rinsing your dirty dishes.
  • We will be providing beef burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, as well as drinks, condiments, and chips.
  • Cost is $5 per person, $4 for children payable at the park (checks made out to First Unitarian Church or exact change if paying in cash would be much appreciated).
  • We'll be playing water balloon volleyball at the picnic. Those wishing to engage in this wholesome activity are requested to bring their own beach towels! So, along with your dishes, cups, silverware, etc., bring a beach towel or two!
  • If you would like to be part of the team that makes it all happen, please contact Joe Herring at  or 801-440-5521. We need some extra hands to assist with set up, grill tending and other food service tasks,  and of course, clean up.

The annual end-of-year picnic is almost here. This event is fun for all ages, and we hope that you are planning to attend. If you would like to be part of the team that makes it all happen, please contact Joe Herringat  or 801-440-5521. We need some extra hands to assist with set up, grill tending and other food service tasks,  and of course, clean up.. We have reserved our usual spot - the Mt. Olympus Pavilion at Sugarhouse Park. PLEASE bring your OWN reusable, non-disposable dishes (plates/cups/bowls) and utensils so that we can limit the recycling and waste that we generate.  A dish washing station will be provided for rinsing your dirty dishes. We will be providing beef burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, as well as drinks, condiments, and chips. Cost is $5 per person, $4 for children payable at the park (checks made out to First Unitarian Church or exact change if paying in cash would be much appreciated).

Pride Parade: Sunday June 4th 10am. 

-submitted by Michele Page

Please plan to join us.  Theme:  Pride Elevated.

Please join us to walk in the Pride Parade this year, celebrating our wonderful Reverend Tom Goldsmith for 30 years of service at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City.  Tom and Mary will be riding in a convertible and the congregation will be walking ahead of, and behind the car (please, not to the side, we need the crowd to be able to read the signage on the car!).  We will have a banner introducing our church’s entry, as well as signage on the car thanking Tom for 30 years of commitment to the liberal community in SLC.   Please plan to join us if at all possible.  Wear your ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ t-shirts, or something very bright in color!  We hope to have music playing that we can dance/move/sing to as we walk and wave.  Look for the ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ banner and your fellow members.  We will provide the exact location to meet in the Order of Service on Sunday, May 29th and Sunday, June 4th.

First Church will be screening a gripping documentary "Screenagers" about the dangers and affects of digital screens on our youth. Mark your calendar for May 25, 6 pm in Eliot Hall.

Click here for more information.

The camping trip is attended by approximately 80 to 140 people depending on campsite. It is a community building activity were attendees of both services and their families can take time to get to know each other away from the church. For many attendees it is a family church tradition.

The event covers 3 nights and 4 days on average. Family friendly activities take place every day and there is a huge pot luck that is often also attended by people who drive up just for the day (another 10 people or so). This summer we will be camping at Pine Valley North Group Site C located up Mirror Lake Highway. The site holds 140 people (number of vehicles 25).  Cost is $30 per car.

Arrival Date: Fri Jul 21 2017 Check-in Time: 2:00 PM  Departure Date: Mon Jul 24 2017 Check-out Time: 1:00 PM

Overview: Pine Valley North Wasatch Cache Group Campground is located on the beautiful Mirror Lake Scenic Byway in the Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah. The Uintas are known for their abundant recreational opportunities and scenic beauty.

Natural Features: The campground is situated among shady pines and aspens at an elevation of 7,400 feet. The dense stands of trees provide nice shade.

Recreation: The Lower Provo River is nearby, offering good trout fishing. Numerous hiking, biking and horseback riding trails crisscross this beautiful mountain area, including North Fork and Shingle Creek Trails. Off-road vehicle trails are in the vicinity.

Facilities: The campground contains three group sites with picnic and serving tables, grills, campfire circles and large paved parking areas. Vault toilets, and trash collection are provided. We are in Site C. Nearby Attractions: Mirror Lake Scenic Byway parallels the Lower Provo River as it snakes across a portion of the Uinta Mountains, leading to numerous high alpine lakes and streams, countless trails, breathtaking scenic viewpoints. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and biking are popular activities. The High Uintas Wilderness can be accessed from several trails along the byway.

There is limited parking, so please sign up  early by filling out the form and pay fee at by clicking here.  

Pride Parade: Sunday June 4th 10am. 

-submitted by Michele Page

Please plan to join us.  Theme:  Pride Elevated.

Please join us to walk in the Pride Parade this year, celebrating our wonderful Reverend Tom Goldsmith for 30 years of service at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City.  Tom and Mary will be riding in a convertible and the congregation will be walking ahead of, and behind the car (please, not to the side, we need the crowd to be able to read the signage on the car!).  We will have a banner introducing our church’s entry, as well as signage on the car thanking Tom for 30 years of commitment to the liberal community in SLC.   Please plan to join us if at all possible.  Wear your ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ t-shirts, or something very bright in color!  We hope to have music playing that we can dance/move/sing to as we walk and wave.  Look for the ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ banner and your fellow members.  We will provide the exact location to meet in the Order of Service on Sunday, May 29th and Sunday, June 4th.

The annual end-of-year picnic is almost here. This event is fun for all ages, and we hope that you are planning to attend. If you would like to be part of the team that makes it all happen, please contact Joe Herringat  or 801-440-5521. We need some extra hands to assist with set up, grill tending and other food service tasks,  and of course, clean up.. We have reserved our usual spot - the Mt. Olympus Pavilion at Sugarhouse Park. PLEASE bring your OWN reusable, non-disposable dishes (plates/cups/bowls) and utensils so that we can limit the recycling and waste that we generate.  A dish washing station will be provided for rinsing your dirty dishes. We will be providing beef burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, as well as drinks, condiments, and chips. Cost is $5 per person, $4 for children payable at the park (checks made out to First Unitarian Church or exact change if paying in cash would be much appreciated).