It is that time of the year when we begin to prepare our most important fundraising event. To provide the unique education that Lincoln Options offers, we must raise $65,000 per year more than the funding we receive from the Olympia School District. That amounts to an average of $215 per student. In the past, the auction’s proceeds have accounted for 50% of that funding. The Auction Committee thought long and hard about whether we should hold this auction in person or online, and we reached the conclusion that because of the Covid-Omicron variant, we will hold our auction online (hopefully for the last time) once again.
The auction will have a silent portion that will begin on May 15, and a live online portion that will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
The Auction Committee needs three specific things at this time that you may be able to help with. Those three things are:
- Procurement Volunteers. Can be done in an hour or two a week for a month. A list of possible items and donors is provided. Contact us if you would like to help.
- Procurement Experiences. Do you or a Lincoln supporter you know own a getaway cabin or a time share? Are you a master chef? Do you have some other unique experience or skill set that others would be interested in? Please consider donating that experience as an auction item.
- Business Sponsorships. The Fundraising Committee is interested in collaborating with local businesses who can help us put on the auction. If you know of any such business please let us know.
The Auction Committee realizes that some people may be disappointed that we are not having a live auction, but based on the facts before us in January, the Auction Committee decided to do the auction online again for two reasons.
First, when planning for this auction began we were just getting into the Omicron wave of the current pandemic and we believed it would not be a good idea to organize a large, live event. Second, based on our personal experiences doing multiple live auctions at Lincoln, such an auction requires an Auction Committee of about ten people and a larger team of about ten more people not including procurement volunteers.
This year the auction’s workload is being carried by only six people. Hopefully, next year as our lives continue to return to normal, enough people will be interested in volunteering so that we can organize a live auction. We really hope this year’s auction is as successful as past auctions, and we look forward to your support both through the silent and live phases of the auction.
Visit the auction website:
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