St Demetrios Auction FAQs
Q. How can I help?
St Demetrios community members can donate an item for the silent or live auction, donate a dessert for the dessert dash, donate funds to help underwrite the auction and/or volunteer. Most of all, please come to the auction and feel free to bring family or friends to this grown-ups night out!
Q. What is the auction and why do we have one each year?
The auction allows us to get together as a community and have fun while raising funds for St Demetrios, its ministries and the Boyer Children's Clinic. Our parish relies on the funds from the auction to balance our church's budget and to help others.
Q. What time does the auction start?
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and you can start bidding on silent auction items, playing games, and mingling with new and old friends as soon as you arrive!
Q. What do I wear?
Dress code is dressy night out. The theme this year is "Come Sail Away."
Q. Where do I sit?
All seats are reserved. We do have a few spots available for walk ins. If you register as part of a Stargazer or Eventide Sponsored table, your seating is reserved with that table. If you register with a ticket sale, we will reserve your spot with names you provide or with others looking to make new friends.
Q. Should we have dinner before we come?
Appetizers and dinner are included in the price of your ticket. This year we have a magnificent buffet dinner. Complimentary wine and champagne is offered during the silent auction. Beer and wine are available for a nominal fee during the live auction.
Q. What about dessert?
That's where the Dessert Dash comes in! Businesses and individuals will donate enough desserts so that we’ll have one per table. Everyone seated at your table will write down the amount they wish to donate on the Dessert Dash sheet. Sheets will be tallied and a rep from each table will pick a dessert with the highest total first!
Q. What is the format for the evening of the auction?
Upon arrival, guests check-in at registration to receive their bid numbers. Raffle games, silent auction and music will be available while you enjoy drinks and appetizers. Once you are seated for dinner, the live auction will begin. Music and dancing will follow the live auction.
Q. How do I bid on items in the live auction?
During the live auction, bidders raise their bid numbers to have their bid for the desired item recognized by the auctioneer. And the highest bidder wins!
Q. What can I bid on?
Items range from airplane tickets, accommodations within distance of home or in faraway locales, one-of-a-kind experiences, gift baskets, restaurant certificates, sports and theater tickets, spa days and more.
Q. Do I have to buy anything?
We sure hope you will! You can purchase silent auction items, buy raffle tickets, and play auction games like "Heads or Tails". You can also take a chance on the wine wall – for only $25 you could wine a bottle of wine valued up to $100 to bring home or uncork at the event!
One of the highlights of the night is the "Raise-The-Paddle" which happens about mid-way through the live auction. Be ready for a compelling ask to benefit St Demetrios after which the auctioneer will rattle off dollar amounts for donations. Choose the amount you'd like to donate.
Q. When should I tell the Grandparents or kid sitter we’ll be home?
Auction festivities are typically over by 9:30 p.m., but if you can — stay later for the after party with music and dancing with new and old friends!
Please contact Auction Chair, Margo Christophilis