I know many of you look forward to East Shore’s Auction every year, so I expect you’ve been wondering how the Auction will be run this year, given the current Covid situation. The good news is that we will be using the same Auctria software as last year, so you can participate from anywhere using a smart phone, tablet or computer. Just like last year, we will also host a zoom event on the Saturday evening, November 13th, to highlight some of the top items to bid on, along with music and fun.
The other good news is that we can now get together in small groups, so you don’t need to bid alone! We are always looking for ways to build community, so this year, we propose that members host bidding parties in their own homes (masks and food decisions are up to the host) or in a community room or at church (masked, eat before you come). This will also enable those who find technology a little challenging to be with others who can support them while bidding. Hosts can have the zoom event on a large screen for everyone to watch while they are bidding.
To help us figure out how to best meet everyone’s needs, we ask that you complete this Auction Live Event Survey as soon as possible. This will tell us who can host, who wants to be with others, who needs technical support and who can help them. As soon as we have sufficient responses, we’ll start grouping people, with the aim of building community and ensuring that everyone’s needs are met.
In the meantime, we are busy gathering auction contributions, and the October 3rd deadline is fast approaching! We have some wonderful items but we still need more! Please think about what you can offer, and submit your contributions as soon as possible using this form – Auction Contribution Form. If you have trouble using the Contribution Form, please read the instructions here – How to Contribute Items.”
We’re excited to bring you together to bid in a new way this year. We know you’re going to love it! Please contact me, Amanda Strombom, if you have any questions.
by Amanda Strombom, 2021 Auction Chair