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FOTG 2019 The Silent Auction that Supports….

The Silent Auction has been the back bone of the Friends of the Grape since its conception. The silent auction portion of the event alone has raised over $300,000 over the last 19 years. In the fund-raising world, silent auctions are amazing avenues to garner cash. Think about it! You ask stores, companies, friends and families to donate something to the cause – items can be new or used, stationary or mobile, eaten or consumed. The items can be participatory or entertaining, a service for 1 or 20, and they can be so unique that they are priceless in the eyes of the buyer. Once donated the silent auction committee packages and presents these items to the guests who then bid and the Church makes lots of money.

All silent auction items are generously donated by the St. Matthias Community and our friends and family. This year we again ask for everyone to donate to the auction. Our goal is to have at least 125 items. First and foremost, we need bottles of wine donated (more about that to come in next week’s article). We are also looking for vacation homes to be donated for a week or weekend get-a-way, hotel packages, restaurant gift certificates, tickets to sporting events, theatre tickets to downtown shows or local theatre productions. We would love gift certificates to local restaurants and stores, and kid-friendly items are always welcomed. There are many talented artisans in the parish, so any donation of jewelry, arts or crafts are needed and wanted. If you have a company that performs a service like photography, pet grooming, painting, decorating or cleaning we can always use a donation.

Please let us know if you have something to donate! The Silent Auction Committee is amazing with what they can do with a donated item. Donation forms are at the back of Church or you can call the Rectory Office at 773.506.2191 to let us know that you can help.