An Elementary School in Glenn Dale, Maryland recently held its third annual live and silent auction. The school auction benefited the teacher appreciaton day, school assemblies, and the arts program.

More than 50 businesses and families contributed items, which were auctioned off to help raise $8,500 for the school.

Silent auction items included themed baskets, created by the different classes, evenings out, clothing and social time with all of the teachers. For the live auction, parents and staff bid on hotel stays, flying lessons and sports tickets. The first live auction item, a group dinner at the Marrakech Moroccan restaurant in the District, sold for $475.

Source: Gazette.net

As this great success story shows, annual events have advantages. Volunteers and attendees look forward to the event and participation grows each year. Many of the same businesses who donated to the Glenn Dale auction in previous years donated once again to this year’s event.

What if you had an auction and thousands of people came?