Sometimes UUs just wanna have fun! Come one, come all, to UUCC’s big celebration of fun and fellowship, THE ANNUAL AUCTION! Attending, bidding on, and donating to our Auction is a great way to support UUCC, support our community, and build your social calendar.
What’s the plan this year?
Due to the pandemic, this year’s auction will take place completely ONLINE from January 23 to February 6, 2021. Donations are made using a new online form while bidding on items is done through a commercial software package called Bid Beacon. Participation in the auction is completely free, so don’t hesitate to register now through Bid Beacon. You’ll be able to browse through what’s on offer whenever is convenient to you, tag the items you especially want to follow, and become familiar with the bidding process before the actual bidding starts.
Here are the dates for auction events donated as of January 3:
|Vegan Dinner for 4||Feb 7||5:30 PM – 6:30 PM||5:30 PM||6:30 PM|
|Tapas Dinner Covid style!||Feb 20||6:00 PM – 8:00 PM||6:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|1 Hour’s Consultation on Your Writing Project||Feb 28||7:00 PM – 8:00 PM||7:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|Seminar on Self-Publishing||Mar 2||7:00 PM – 8:00 PM||7:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|Cincinnati Chili, IKEA Edition||Mar 6|
|Hiking with Robin – Cascades with the kids in mind||Mar 6||9:00 AM – 10:30 AM||Mar 13||9:00 AM||10:30 AM|
|Hiking with Robin – All Ages||Mar 7||1:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Mar 14||1:00 PM||3:00 PM|
|COVID-Safe Road Rally||Apr 17||9:00 AM – 12:00 PM||Apr 24||9:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|Portuguese Dreaming||Apr 17||6:00 PM – 7:00 PM||6:00 PM||7:00 PM|
|Ten course Asian dinners||Apr 17|
|Oscars Virtual Viewing Party||Apr 25||8:00 PM – 11:00 PM||8:00 PM||11:00 PM|
|7th Annual Cornhole Tournament||May 23||1:30 PM – 4:30 PM||Jun 6||1:30 PM||4:30 PM|
|The Tiki Bar is (sort of) Open!!||Jun 12||6:00 PM – 8:00 PM||6:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|Socially Distant Outdoor Pizza Party||Jun 12||5:00 PM – 10:00 PM||Jun 26||5:00 PM||10:00 PM|
|Taskmaster Game||Jun 26||1:00 PM – 5:00 PM||Jul 10||1:00 PM||5:00 PM|
|Under the Tuscan Harvest Moon||Sep 18||6:00 PM – 7:30 PM||6:00 PM||7:30 PM|
|Barnyard Concert and Bonfire||Oct 9||5:00 PM – 9:00 PM||Oct 16||5:00 PM||9:00 PM|
|Russian Dinner||Oct 23||6:00 PM||6:00 PM|
|Walk Thru Columbia’s Past, Present, and Future||Nov 7||1:30 PM – 3:30 PM||Nov 14||1:30 PM||3:30 PM|
What’s our fundraising goal?
We have a goal of raising at least $25,000, and with your help we would love to double it! If you have questions, please contact us by email anytime at Auction@UUColumbia.net.
Bidding & Registration
Bid Beacon works on phones (iOS and Android), tablets, PCs, and Macs. Try multiple devices to see what works best for you.
- Click here to join UUCC’s auction using a computer.
- Below the Bid Beacon banner, click the “Join Auction” button and enter the UUCC auction ID: V6HDM9. A window will open for the UUCC 41st Auction, inviting you to view items.
- To use Bid Beacon on a cell phone or tablet download the app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, as appropriate. Install and open the app. Click “Register” and enter requested information.
- For email address, please use the address that we know you by in UUCC’s Realm database. Make sure to use the same address with your donations.
- The “Display Name” is how you will be identified in the Auction
- Auction Code: V6HDM9
- Click “Join” and you will be in the UUCC 41st Auction
Check out the items currently listed. Currently, there are only a few items shown but the list will grow as you and others add donations. To encourage everyone to become familiar with how Bid Beacon works, all bids, for now, are make-believe. Bid on some things and watch what information Bid Beacon gives you about your auction status. Explore what information Bid Beacon provides in the sidebars. Shortly before the auction officially starts on January 23, all bids up to that point will be erased.
Bid Beacon Help Resources
Auction Participants (Donor & Buyer) Pandemic Guidelines
During this pandemic, everyone is at some risk of contracting COVID-19 and, in many cases, one cannot know all the potential sources of a COVID-19 illness. UUCC encourages donors and buyers to engage in best practices for minimizing the spread. Learn how by clicking on the button below.
Donations are due by January 10, 2021.
We’re ready for you! Please consider donating items and/or experiences to the auction now. Click on the button below for the donation form and contribute to your congregation!
Curious about what to donate for a virtual auction!? We’ve got you covered. Click the button below to check out our pandemic-sensible ideas for donations to the auction.