Events & Dinners
The Auction committee is soliciting donations for the Annual UUFF Service Auction. There were 8 dinners offered at last year’s auction and they brought in a significant portion of the total proceeds. This year we’d like to double or triple that number! Need ideas? Here are proven winners from UU auctions: Beer, Bocce & BBQ; Backyard Bash (cookout and lawn games); Picnic in the Park; Mexican Fiesta; Pool Party; Christmas Caroling Party (hot soup & warm drinks then out to carol); Chinese Dinner (or substitute your favorite ethnic food); Game Night (snacks, drinks & board games); Hootenanny (jam session with food & drinks); Murder Mystery Dinner (they offer scripts for these on the web).
Did you ever wonder why auctions at UU churches are called “Service Auctions?” It’s because the donations that bring the greatest benefit—to the donor, high bidder and the church—are donations of service. What type of service are we talking about? Dinners & Events are great, as we said in last week’s order of service but you can also consider donating these services: Painting a room; Yard work (raking, trimming bushes or cleaning gutters); Planting a flower bed (plants could be supplied or not); Cleaning a carpet; Ceiling to floor cleaning of your home’s bathrooms; Handyman services (by the job or by the hour); Computer repair; Clothing alterations; Babysitting, Art lessons or Christmas present wrapping.
Are you still racking your brain trying to come up with something to donate to the UUFF Service Auction? Do you think you can’t possibly have something that others would want to bid on? Think again; here are some suggestions: Weekend’s use of your cabin or lake house; a guided canoe or kayak trip, hiking trip, or scenic drive; a day-trip on the lake on your boat; a ride to and from the airport; a fishing trip; a poker night; home delivery of a homemade supper, cakes, pies or holiday cookies. Or you might just solicit donations from local businesses that you frequent.
Arts & Crafts
Are you an artist or craftsperson? You can help the UUFF Service Auction be successful by donating a piece of your artwork or craft. Whether you paint, throw pots, take photos, make jewelry, quilt, knit, sew, you have something that others will treasure. We’ll have a table featuring holiday crafts so start making your handmade ornaments or plan to paint a pumpkin. If you’re into computer graphics you could design a holiday card. Perhaps you’re not an artist but just an art lover with too many objets d’art and not enough wall space. Donate the extras to the auction so they can continue to be appreciated.
Come and Bid!
What would a Service Auction be without bidders? It wouldn’t be a very successful fundraiser and religious community-building event. Part of the fun of auction night is being with fellow UUs, enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres and engaging in a friendly bidding war for one of Angela Peace’s breathtaking photos or a gourmet dinner at the home of Steve & Gretchen Wilkes (which was a highly coveted event!) If you can’t be there we can designate a proxy bidder.
Bring Hors d’oeuvres
A UU Service Auction wouldn’t be complete without food and drinks. Earl McShane will staff the bar, serving beer, wine for a small donation and free soft drinks. We’re looking for donations of mostly savory treats to make the evening more festive. Bring the appetizers or hors d’oeuvres the night of the Auction.