Rainbows and UUnicorns

Come to your happy place!

This year's Service Auuction will be held on Saturday, April 7th.  Come join us in the Land of Marshmallows and Lemonade, a place where all of your troubles melt away and, for one wonderful evening, everything is happiness and joy.  Doors open at 4:00 for appetizers, drinks and music, as well as the silent and fixed auctions. Dinner will be served at 6:00 with the main auction starting around 7:00.

If you plan to partake in the food, you will need to purchase a ticket, preferably in advance so that we will know how much food to get.  Tickets are $10 per person, $30 per family in advance, $12 per person and $35 per family at the door.

Of course, this magnificent event can't happen without your help.  We need lots of interesting services and items to auction off, yummy desserts to eat, and lots of volunteers to make the evening go smoothly.  Please follow one of the links below to offer a service or item for sale, or to volunteer to help at the auction.


What the Heck is a Service Auction?

The basic idea behind the auction is a simple one: members and friends of the church offer services for sale to each other, and these services are sold to the highest bidder (by a real live auctioneer!). All the proceeds of the sale go to the church.

Our service auction started many years ago as a supplemental fundraiser intended to help us raise the extra money that we needed to make our “Fair Share” contribution to the UUA. It was a small gathering, the participants occupying the first few rows of pews in the sanctuary, but it was also a tremendous success. We have had a service auction every year since then, and in the intervening decades it has grown and grown to the point that it is now includes drinks and dinner and is our biggest fundraiser and social event of the year.

In addition to the “classic” auction we have also added silent and fixed-price auctions. A silent auction operates under the same principal as a normal auction, but instead of calling out their bids to an auctioneer, bidders instead write their bids on a sheet of paper that accompanies each item. When the silent auction ends (after the intermission of the main auction), the person with the highest bid wins the item. The fixed-price auction is just what it sounds like: items are offered for a single price, and every person who signs up gets it, until they are all sold.

What makes a good donation?

Basically, anything that you can provide that somebody else might want.  This might revolve around a skill that you have (computers, handyperson, baking, for example), or a passion that you are willing to share with others (gaming, jewelry or floral design, for example).  Social events (like theme dinners) are especially popular and provide great opportunities for UUs to gather and enjoy each other's company outside of church.  In no particular order, here are some recent popular offerings:

  • Dinners of all kinds
  • Desserts (cakes, ice cream, sundaes)
  • Personal computer services
  • Digital colorization of a black and white photo
  • Brewery tour with beer and bread tasting afterwards
  • Holiday gift wrapping
  • Use of a pickup truck
  • Power washing
  • Transportation to and from an airport
  • Kayaking with a picnic
  • Themed sing-a-long
  • Child's birthday party

The silent and fixed auction can also be a place to sell specific physical items, though they tend not to sell unless they are particularly interesting and they also require a lot of effort from our volunteers so we generally discourage them.  If you are at a loss as to what you can donate, we might suggest something like a gift card to a local restaurant or something handmade.