Our UUCH auction is usually the first Saturday in May but the 2020 date has not been confirmed yet.
UUCH Auction Party
Saturday, May 4, 2019 in the sanctuary. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 if paid by April 14.
$15 after April 14 and at the door.
Free childcare with advance registration by April 14.
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.
The auction is our largest fundraiser and helps fund the current year’s operating expenses. Personal checks, credit cards, and cash are all accepted.
Click here for a printable PDF of the donation form. See below for more information about donations and other ways to help with the auction.
What happens at the auction?
Fundraising and Fun. Each auction has a theme, which is reflected in the food, decorations, and activities.
The 2019 theme is Movie Madness so celebrate your passion for films. Themed costumes are encouraged (but not required) with prizes for the best outfits. Here’s your opportunity to portray a favorite actor, movie character, director or even a film critic.
The admission price includes refreshments: upscale hors d’oeuvres during the first hour, snacks during the live auction, and desserts for a happy ending.
The main action is the competitive bidding in the live auction—encouraged by auctioneer Ron Rose— and the silent auction. Both auctions will teem with items for gifts (or for yourself!) and events to fill your calendar with fun.
A catalog with this year’s auction items will be available April 28 (at church and on-line.)
Previous live auctions included 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.
How you can participate:
Come to the auction and bid often. The auction is our largest fundraiser and helps fund the current year’s operating expenses. Personal checks, credit cards, and cash are all accepted.
Donate events, services or items. Click on the link above for a printable PDF of the donation form. Donation forms are also available in the back of the sanctuary.
The auction committee needs donation forms by April 14 (and sooner if possible!) to compile the catalog and set up the auction software. If you don’t know what to offer, the back of the donation form has suggestions. (Parties, services, and hand-made items are always popular.)
Buy your admission ticket early. ($10 if paid by April 14. $15 after April 14.) Reserving your space early saves you money and also 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.
If you’re a parent, you can still attend the auction. Just reigster for the free childcare by April 14. The auction in the sanctuary is a grown-up event but childcare and food for children can be provided in the Martin House that evening. Advance registration is required so we know if childcare providers are needed.
For more information, contact auction coordinators Bill and Yvonne Pfoutz at firstname.lastname@example.org.