“I’m at $500 n I wan $550, $550, bid n $550, I’m at $500 will you go $550, $550…”
Intentional spelling errors aside, this narrative is a prime example of the imprecise sounds that an auctioneer might chant at his audience. Auctions provide the opportunity for bidders to compete against one another for items leaving the highest bidder to walk away with one heck-of-a-deal. And while it’s very easy to get lost in the magical moment of an intense bidding war, physically attending an auction is not the only way to find incredible deals.
Of course, this information isn’t news. I mean, everyone has heard of eBay, right? But what if I told you that the money earned from a specific auction could go straight into your very own industry? Whoa. I’ll give you a second to catch your breath.
By going to the IAVM Foundation‘s Bidding for Good auction page, you can place your bid electronically on incredible entertainment packages, sports memorabilia, and other great items. And YES, all of the money raised goes straight back into the venue industry! “How,” you ask?
The IAVM Foundation supports industry educational programs, development, and funds research. Some of these programs are things like 30 | Under | 30, VenueDataSource, Venue Management School, and the Certified Facility Executive and Certified Venue Professional certifications.
Since the start of the 2016 Online Auction (which began on August 16), more than 50 items have been donated from venues, organizations, and individuals all over the world. From those 50 items, we have raised more than $6,239 so far, which will be funneled straight back into those Foundation funded programs we just mentioned. But we need your help to reach our goal of having your continuous support of the Foundation.
The auction as a whole doesn’t end until January 15, 2017, so it’s not too late to visit our web page and place your bid. But be quick, because each item has its own individual end date, and that’s the deadline you don’t want to miss.
Unfortunately, you don’t have the pleasure of an auctioneer rambling off numbers to you while you anxiously wait to see if you’ve won. But the satisfaction from claiming an item as your own is just as prominent and rewarding as a physical auction victory. And the bonus is that no one can see you jumping around with excitement while you’re doing your happy dance.
Take a look at some of these hot auction items, or visit our main page to view all of our available items. See how giving back can also give back to you.