Books & Bids Auction Party

Saturday, May 5 in the sanctuary. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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

Free childcare with advance registration by April 15.

Get auction donation form here.

For more information, contact auction coordinators Bill and Yvonne Pfoutz at

What happens at the auction?

Fundraising and Fun.  This year’s theme celebrates books! Costumes are optional but encouraged, with prizes for the best outfits. Come dressed as a favorite fictional character. Portray an author. Or design a costume that illustrates a book title. The auction will also have games to challenge bibliophiles and a social hour for conversations about books and other interesting topics while we peruse the silent auction tables and enjoy the hors d’oeuvres!

The admission price includes refreshments with literary allusions: a generous array of upscale hors d’oeuvres during the first hour, snacks during the live auction, and desserts for a  happy ending.

The main action in this thriller is the competitive bidding in the live auction—edited by auctioneer Ron Rose— and the silent auction. Both auctions will teem with items for gift-giving (or for yourself!) and events to fill your calendar for the rest of the church year.

Last year’s live auction 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 here for the auction donation form. Donation forms are, also, available in the back of the sanctuary. The auction committee needs donation forms by April 15 (and sooner if possible!) to compile the auction catalog (for distribution on April 29) and to set up the auction software.

If you don’t know what to donate, the back of the donation form has many suggestions. Parties, dinners and lessons are always popular items.

            Buy your admission ticket early.  You’ll save money if you pay by April 15. You’ll also help us set up sufficient tables and chairs and plan food quantities more accurately to reduce waste. 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, register by April 15 for free childcare that evening. 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 can arrange childcare if needed.

For more information, contact auction coordinators Bill and Yvonne Pfoutz at