2022 Auction: The Roaring 20s

Saturday, June 11 in the sanctuary.  

5:30 p.m. (doors open) –  9:30 p.m. (or thereabouts!)

Hors d’oeuvres buffet open from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Silent Auction 5:30 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.    Live Auction begins 7 p.m.

Admission*: $10 if paid by May 15.  $15 after May 15 and at the door.

An evening of fun, food, fellowship, and fundraising.

Our theme is the Roaring Twenties and, like the famous decade that followed World War I and a deadly influenza pandemic, we too are eager for fun.  The auction is our largest fundraiser and supports our operating expenses, but we enjoy ourselves too.  Anyone ready to Charleston?


What happens at the auction?

Fundraising and Fun.  Every auction has a theme, which is reflected in the food, decorations, and activities.  The 2022 theme is The Roaring Twenties.

Themed costumes are optional but encouraged, with prizes for the best outfit.  The Roaring Twenties  were a decade of dramatic social change so costume choices are vast. Will you choose to be a speakeasy owner, flapper, gangster, jazz musician, silent film star, Lost Generation or Harlem Renaissance writer, or some other colorful character of that decade?

The auction evening also includes door prizes and lots of surprises.

The auction admission charge*covers refreshments: upscale hors d’oeuvres during the first hour, snacks during the live auction, and desserts at the auction close. Seating is limited so purchase your seat early and save money too!

See Bill Pfoutz at church for early reservations or mail your check payable to UUCH, to the church, attention: Bill Pfoutz, 13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

The main entertainment is the competitive bidding in the live auction—with humorous ad libs by our skilled auctioneer Ron Rose— and the quieter pleasures of finding little treasures in the silent auction. Both auctions will overflow with items for gift-giving (or for yourself!) and events to fill your calendar with fun.

So much to bid on: Early donations already include a new Cub Cadet riding mower, musical snowglobe, pasta machine, lap labyrinth, fondue set, bronze statue, jigsaw puzzle, and fabric Easter bunny, with more goodies donated every day.

Previous live auctions have featured appealing items and events, such as gift baskets for cooks, wine lovers, healthy living, and doggie friends; a picnic in the park; a guided Civil War history tour; a nature walk at UUCH; handmade jewelry; professional music performances; a storytelling workshop; a Christmas party; handyperson services; a mystery party; fiber craft lessons; homemade desserts; a handmade basket; many specialty dinners; and a family movie night.

The silent auction typically has tables full of smaller items, with something for every interest and budget: games and toys; kitchen gadgets, tools, houseplants, small gift baskets, and gift cards to area businesses.

An auction catalog will be available at church and on line by May 29 so you can see all the bounty available at the auction and mark the ones you want.

How you can participate:

Come to the auction and bid often. The auction is our largest fundraiser and helps pay for the current year’s operating expenses. Personal checks, credit cards, PayPal, and cash are all accepted.

Donate events, services or items. Everything in the auction is donated by UUCH members and friends. Donation forms are available in the back of the sanctuary and here. Click here for a printable PDF of the donation form.

If you don’t know what to offer, the back of the donation form has many suggestions. (Events, services, and hand-made items are always popular.)

      The auction committee needs your donation forms by May 15 (and sooner if possible!) to compile the catalog and set up the auction software.

Buy your admission ticket early.   ($10 if paid by May 15.  $15 after May 15 and at the door.)

Knowing how many will attend helps us set up sufficient tables and chairs and plan refreshment quantities more accurately to avoid running out or wasting food.

Buy your tickets at church from Bill Pfoutz or mail your check  (payable to UUCH with auction in memo line) to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, att: auction, 13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

For more information, email auction@uuhagerstownmd.org