Thank you to our donors for your generous auction donations! Our Annual Auction is a success because of YOUR exciting and wonderfully creative auction donations!
Join us for our 2023 Auction: Fall Fest
Our Annual fundraising auction is where our entire congregation comes to celebrate, meet old friends and new, and fill their social calendars with exquisite services and special events throughout the year, while raising important funds for our operating budget. Our theme this year is Fall Fest! Join us to bid on hundreds of exciting items, enjoy live music, fall treats, beverages, dancing, wine raffles, and spin our Wheel of Fortune! Wear a costume to celebrate Halloween.
We will open with online-only bidding Wednesday, October 18, featuring lots of fixed-price items, services, and events. On Friday, October 20, the online portion of the auction will close as we prepare for the in-person event! And on Saturday, October 21 we’ll reopen bidding in the USSB courtyard with a silent auction featuring new items and events for sale in person. This event will include food, music, raffle items, and more. We hope you’ll join us!
Early, Online Bidding for Fixed-Price Items: October 18th-20th – click here to bid online starting on the 18th!
In-Person Bidding and the Main Event: October 21st 2pm – 5:30pm @ USSB (Doors Open at 1:30pm)
Register in Advance
You’ll want to be sure to register in advance and make sure that you have a card on file, so that you’re ready to bid on the wonderful items as soon as they are available! Click here to register.
Our online catalog is where you will go to pre-bid on October 18th and see items being bid on in real-time.
- To see a listing of auction items by date, click here.
- To see a listing of fixed-price only items (items available for early bidding online), click here.
Online Early Bidding: October 18th-20th
We’ll hold three days of early bidding online for fixed price items only via our online auction website. You’ll want to be sure to register before the 18th, so that you’ll get a notice when online bidding opens, and so that you’re ready to bid on those fixed items – some of our popular items can go quick! Click here to register.
Silent Auction and Main Event: October 21st
To participate in online bidding go to auctria.com/auction/ussb2023 and begin bidding on October 18. If this is your first time at our in-person auction, no problem! Let the registrar know at our event check-in table. A friendly, experienced chaperone will guide you through the entire process.
When the Celebration Ends
No hassles, no problems, no end-of-evening checkout. Just head home after a grand evening. Winning bidders will receive a statement of their auction purchases by email during the week of October 23, and donors will receive an email with details of who won their offerings.
This auction will be a night to remember as you enjoy light appetizers, treats, and drinks (adult and non-adult) while you are bidding on items at the auction.
Auction Event Night Timeline
- 1:30 pm — Doors open, registration
- 2:00 pm — Bidding begins
- 4:15 pm — Bidding for Handmade, Food & Fine Art closes
- 4:30 pm — Bidding for Games & Learning closes
- 4:45 pm — Bidding for Services closes
- 5:00 pm — Bidding for Big Board, Parties and Outings closes
- 5:00 pm — All bidding closed
- 5:00 pm — Raffle and Celebration
- 5:30 pm — Auction ends and cleanup begins
What if I can’t afford to bid on any items?
The Auction is free to attend! It’s fun. It’s social. It’s our biggest event of the year. Please come—it won’t be a party without you! We have a diversity of discretionary income in our congregation, and the auction is for everyone. You’ll find a wide variety of inexpensive events, including many affordable fixed-price items.
What are “affordable fixed-price items”?
Listed in the back of this brochure, and noted on the BLUE bid sheets on auction night, are a number of items, each with an affordable fixed price. You will not need to bid against others. Sign up and go. You will not be bumped by a higher bid.
Do I need to wear a costume?
Please dress up as much as you like. The theme offers a wide variety of options to dress up, but anything you want to wear is fine as long as you avoid blood, weapons, or full face (non-COVID) masks. Thank you for not being too scary as we want to make this a family-friendly event.
May I bring guests?
Please do! What a festive way to introduce your friends to our congregation.
What if I can’t attend the auction?
We are offering a pre-auction bidding week that is 100% online. Many fixed-price items will be available during online bidding. Go to www.auctria.com/auction/ussb2023 and bid from October 18-20. And, you can still bid on items at the in-person auction by registering online and sending a friend to do the in-person bidding for you! Let them know what item(s) you want to bid on and the maximum amount you are willing to pay and we’ll charge it to you. Be sure to register online in advance!
How does childcare work?
Children of all ages are welcome at the auction while they remain under the direct supervision of their parents.
- Free childcare is provided for children 1 to 12 years old on auction night, from 1:30 to 6:00 pm.
- Parents, please do not send your children to childcare without an adult to sign them in! All children need to be escorted by an adult across campus at all times, for their safety. This is especially important if your children will attend a portion of the auction with you.
- Childcare for the evening will include free pizza and age-appropriate activities and games.