Mission: The mission of the Service Auction Committee is to raise funds for the church’s annual operating budget by holding a Silent and a Live auction on an annual basis as preset by the church calendar. The Vestry sets an amount that they anticipate will be raised each year.
Meeting Logistics: The full committee typically meets twice a year; once in September to plan and once after the auction to troubleshoot, make recommendations for improvements, and to wrap up finances and loose ends. Additional communication and networking is done via email, at coffee hour after church, and with conference calls or home meetings with a few members involved in producing the auction programs.
Background: Starting in 2012, the auction was moved from an early March auction to the second Saturday in November. That was also the first year that the auction was split into two weekends; the Silent Auction being held after church on the first Sunday in November and the Live Auction being held the second Saturday in November in the evening. We have been allowed to hold our Silent Auction at Charleston Day School’s new cafeteria and continue to hold the Live Auction in Gage Hall. This split has provided much needed space and made the auction more accessible to church members and has been well received.
Activities: The committee works from September through October setting a theme, publicizing the auction in the Gateway and Sunday bulletin, seeking donations of goods and services, arranging food, drink, and logistics for the two events, and finalizing receipts and numbers after the event. Tasks are well defined and logistics are well organized. Since 2012, the church office has assisted with data entry and publicity. There are a number of faithful volunteers that also help with the auction each year, but the committee is looking for more members and it is time for new co-chairs.