UUnmask the Goods: a UU Saratoga Fun- and Fund-raiser

Updated 10/15/20:

Our on-line goods and services auction, open to the public, will take place from Friday, October 30th through Saturday, November 7th, followed by the evening of November 7th with an hour long zoom auction for our congregation only emceed by our own auctioneer extraordinaire, Peter Marino. PLEASE SHARE THE AUCTION LINK BELOW WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.  WE NEED TO EXPAND OUR BIDDER BASE!!!

To date donations have included crystal glasses (2 sets of eight), tickets to a Red Sox game, an ergonomic rake, a mirror, a painting of the midwest, among others; but our inventory is still very small. We are asking each of you to consider donating an item or a service for the auction. The list of possibilities for items includes, but is not limited to furniture, antiques, jewelry, gift baskets, craft items, among others. Services might include errand running, gardening, snow shoveling, taxi service, leading a hike, offering a zoom class, a weekend camp retreat, computer assistance. Or you might have some other intriguing ideas. 

If you are unsure that your idea would be acceptable, feel free to discuss it with Bev Lawson.  Intimate services such as massage will not be acceptable due to the coronavirus. From items and service submitted for auction, the fundraising committee will select those that will be offered for the zoom auction available only for our congregation. Once you submit your forms, you are not able to edit what you sent.  However, the committee can edit for you if you let one of us know what it is that you need changed.  It is also helpful to put a minimum bid on your item to give bidders an idea about a reasonable price range within which to start the bidding.

TO DONATE AN ITEM OR SERVICE, click on this link http://bit.ly/UUnmasked2020. This will take you to our online auction site. Look for the word “Donate!” at the top of the window and click on that.  Then you’ll see a form asking details about the item or service you are donating. Fill that out and then click on the blue bar at the bottom of the form, ”Continue to Item Images.” You can upload one or more pictures of the item or service you are donating. After that, you’ll be taken to a form that asks for your name. And that’s it!  Go to http://bit.ly/UUnmasked2020

We have a small committee of volunteer church members who are more computer savvy than most of us. If you have trouble submitting the information or need assistance with sending a photo, please contact Bev Lawson and she will connect you with one of these volunteers for assistance accomplishing the task.

The fundraising committee is excited about this event. We have already reached out and asked a few businesses in the community that support social justice work to donate something for the auction. The auction, however, will only be successful with our members donating goods and services. Be creative; think big; you will discover something you can give or do to make our fundraiser a success!!  

The Fundraising Committee
Bev Lawson, Cynthia Eletto, Rev Joe, Jeff Ehrenberg, Peter Marino