We hope you enjoyed the big event.
Thank you for making our 2020 Eat, Play, Connect auction a rousing success!

🌸 Eat, Play, Connect - Service Auction 2020 🌸

Pandemic Postponements: Until further notice, all Auction-related social activities (those which you offered to host or those which you have won) should be postponed at least through May. This is in support of mitigation of the spread of Covid-19. Auction donors (hosts), please alert your guests (winning bidders). It is up to each of you to choose whether to try scheduling a new date and time now, or to wait until things have settled a bit more clearly. Thank you for your patience and flexibility! Rev Roger Jones


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UUSS Annual Action Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fair minimum bid? - Based upon previous years, here are some basic pricing guidelines for popular auction items.
• Hikes with snacks – minimum bid, $15 - $20
• Lunches/Brunches – minimum bid, $25 - $40
• Dinners- Informal – minimum bid, $25 - $35
• Dinners – Formal/multi courses/unique, minimum bid, $40 - $75
Things to take into account with setting value and minimum price:

Traveling distance – are you meeting locally and then carpooling or are people having to travel on their own a fairly long distance. Offering to drive people or arrange to carpool will make people want to bid higher.

Uniqueness of the event – when offering an event whether it is a brunch, hike, dinner, game nights, etc. Think about what works for you. A pizza and game night is great fun and a wonderful way to get conversations going but will bring in a lower bidding price, which is fine! An event based upon our travels to an exotic locale where you are sharing your unique experiences and special recipes will bring a higher bidding price because of its uniqueness. However, don’t be unique just to be unique; hosts need to enjoy their own event and be comfortable with what they are serving/offering.

The number of places offered – Offer the number of places that make sense for you however, items with only a few spot will generally have a higher value and minimum bid than items with lots of spots.

Value – We have a tendency to undervalue our offerings. This is a fundraiser and your generous donation is the backbone of this event. You are offering a service or event that includes your time and resources. Make sure your generosity is appreciated by setting an appropriate value. The auction team goes through values and minimum bids and will help you set prices.
Services – Services need to be valued by the time and resources being offered. Remember, your time is valuable and this should be reflected in the price.

What is Buy it Now? - If there is an event or item that you really want but you can’t make it to the auction or you worry about forgetting to check you bid, you can pay the higher Buy it Now price and you are guaranteed to have won the item. The auction team will set the Buy It Now price.

Why is a specific date required? - If you are offering a one-on-one item (genealogy, counseling, and handymen services) you can figure out the date with that one person. However if you are offering a dinner for eight, it is akin to herding cats trying to find a date that works for all. By specifying the date in advance, people can check their calendar and know that they are available.

Still not sure what to offer? - Go through the past catalogues that are on-line. See what has been offered in the past. Talk to the auction team or to the host of an event you have attending. Bat around ideas and see what you come up with.