East Shore’s Online Auction 2020: Building a New Way

by Amanda Strombom

Friday, November 6-Saturday, November 14

Every year, East Shore has held an auction to help build community and raise some funds for the church. This year will be no different…except that it will be different! The entire auction will be held online. It will be free to participate, as the bidding is all electronic and will be open from Friday November 6, 9:00 am and Saturday November 14, 8:00 pm. We will host a Zoom party for the last hour or so, as we encourage you to get your final bids in, so keep the evening free on Saturday, November 14.

Send Us Your Contributions!

We’d love to bring the East Shore community together by having every member involved in some way, so now is the time to start thinking about what you could offer.

We don’t know what the situation will be by early next year, so you’re going to need to be more creative than usual. Think of events or activities you could host outdoors, small events in your home (max 5 people) or events you could host via Zoom. Perhaps you can host an online game night, a fashion show, a holiday party or speed social event using breakout rooms! We’re also encouraging more physical items, food, crafts, gift baskets, gift cards or certificates, that may help people out with doing their holiday shopping. We have a list of suggestions, but don’t be limited by the ideas we had.

As the situation improves, you may be able to move an event to your home or church instead of online, invite more people to participate for a donation, or expand your offering in other ways, but the activities we’re going to offer in this year’s auction should be possible under the current conditions.

When you have an idea, you can complete the Contribution Form, or call Amanda Strombom to discuss your idea.

We’re excited to see what new ideas you can come up with, to make this auction a unique event where everyone can participate.

Fund-A-Need: COVID-19 Relief Project

The Auction Team has decided that the Fund-A-Need item for this year should be a COVID-19 Relief project, rather than something physical needed at church. The idea, proposed by DRE Amanda Uluhan, is to offer a Grocery Drive-Thru or something similar. The project would be funded from the Auction Fund-A-Need, and would provide an opportunity for all members, children and youth to get involved with providing much needed support to anyone who is in need of food and other basics. It would be held at the church, thus helping to build our connections and network on the Eastside.

If the idea of this project inspires you and you would like to help with defining and planning it, so that we can make a more specific proposal to the Board for their approval in mid-September. Please contact at amanda.strombom@outlook.com with any questions or get involved!