Let the bidding begin!
We're now offering more than 35 silent auction items on our Gala web site in our Auction Catalog
. We've selected items for travel, dining, entertainment and sports with an eye to the tastes of FBWE Village members and their friends. Villagers have long been customers of all the merchants represented in the auction, and we've asked them to participate in the auction because we are confident in the quality of their goods and services.
As you look over the Auction Catalog, remember that 100% of the proceeds from the auction goes to fund FBWE Village. Also, if you pay more than the donor-estimated value of any item, you may be eligible to claim the difference between your winning bid and that value as a charitable deduction for tax purposes.
The silent auction items will be available for online bidding until 11:55 pm on Sept 10
. To bid after that, you will have to attend the Gala from 7 to 10 pm on Saturday, Sept 12 at The Field School in Northwest Washington. Bidding on silent auction items at the Gala will start with the last bid entered on the web site. All silent auction items that have been available for bidding online prior to the Gala -- except those where a bidder has agreed to the "Buy It Now" price -- will be up for auction at the Gala.
On the Gala web site, you must register and put your credit card on file to bid online
. You can then bid on any silent auction item by clicking on the item in the Auction Catalog and following the prompts to enter your bid. You may use the "proxy bidding" function to automatically overbid any competitor on a single item. You can bid on as many items as you like as often as you like. You will receive an email confirmation of your bid and notification when someone outbids you.
If you see something you must have, you can guarantee that you are the winning bidder by agreeing to the "Buy It Now" price.
At the Gala, every guest will receive a program with their bidder number written on a page of the program.
A bid sheet for each silent auction item will be on one of several auction tables. Guests will enter their bidder number beside the highest incremental bid amount shown on the bid sheet. You can bid on as many items as you like as often as you like.We will begin closing silent auction tables at about 8:30 PM. For each item, a bid sheet with the winning bidder's number will be left on the table after each table closes. You'll find out what you won by checking back at each of the auction tables after they close.
The emcee will conduct the live auction late in the evening. Guests will hold up the bid numbers written in their programs to bid in the live auction. Starting about 9:45 PM, winning bidders will check out from the auction and pick up the gift certificates for the items they have won.
Bidders who have pre-registered their credit cards on this site will be able to check out rather quickly. Bidders who have not done so or are paying by check will have to wait in line to check out.
To find out more about the Gala, visit our Gala Website
For questions about the auction, Contact Us