18 Apr Annual Auction – WINTER IMPACT
Thank you, Junior League of Tacoma (JLT) members, family, and friends for making this year’s 11th Annual Auction a success. The auction is a way for us to embody JLT’s Mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and the leadership of trained volunteers.
We continued the theme of a Midnight Masquerade with 120 attendees on February 25, at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club. The JLT Annual Auction raises funds for our League and promotes our platform of an effective, multi-faceted approach to achieving the goal for self-sufficiency in youth experiencing homelessness in Pierce County. This year with the efforts of new, active, and sustaining members we raised just over $54,000. These funds will support JLT and its programs in Tacoma and throughout Pierce County. We greatly thank our volunteers who helped support the operations of the auction and executed this event.
This year’s donated items valued over $31,000 and featured JLT members, local individuals, local businesses, and other non-profit organizations. We are extremely grateful to the League members and sustainers who donated their services, products, and offered events or experiences to be included in the auction. Our members and sustainers support our community of local business owners and enhance the awareness of the JLT’s Mission by procuring and donating these items and services. A favorite item was the Junior League quilt made and donated by Tyrees Marcy, Sandy Paul, and Colleen Paul.
This year we offered an exclusive VIP experience for 50 guests. This included an entry into the wine raffle, two drink tickets (to be redeemed at a special VIP bar) and a swag bag worth $250. We sold out of the VIP tickets and our guests loved the special treatment.
The auction covered three rooms for guests to peruse the silent auction items. Pen stealing and quick highlighter skills raised the stakes on some of the coveted silent auction items. Who knew husbands would get into a bidding war over an adult milk and cookies basket filled with Kahlua and Girl Scout Cookies? While guests waited in anticipation for the next auction table closing, they could take candid photos with their masks and some fun props from 1,000 Words Entertainment’s photo booth.
The raffles for this year’s auction were very successful. The wine raffle consisted of 65 bottles, all donated from every members and sustainers, valued at $1,388. The raffle to win the wine raised $1,120 and Katie and Lance Sauber were the lucky winners. The Best of Live Raffle raised over $4,000 and the winner, Beth Fehrenbach’s guest Jacque Elder, selected the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf and Spa Package. The tastiest part of the auction, the dessert dash, helped raise $2,839.99, and yes there is a strategy behind the $0.99 to edge out the competition. The sustainers donated or procured desserts to be auctioned off for each table and we appreciate the deliciousness.
Starting off the night was the “Heads or Tails” game. A flip of the coin of heads or tails cut down the participants to the winner Amy Welch, who won two pre-season Seahawk tickets donated by Joey Smith and Ameriprise Financial.
The Live Auction was hosted by professional auctioneer Mike Merrill and his staff from Stokes Auction Group. Mike and Active Member Tyrees Marcy did a wonderful job of engaging guests in the action as paddles were raised in hopes of taking home the live auction items up for grabs and helped raise $14,700.
During the “Raise the Paddle” led by President Missy Zenczak, active members Lindsey Groth (Treasurer) and Amber Moak (Communications Director), shared their experience on how JLT has empowered them as leaders within JLT and the community. This event demonstrates the true enthusiasm for JLT’s Mission and helped raise $11,675.
The Funding and Development Council would like to thank the Junior League of Tacoma, its members, and auction guests for making this year’s 11th Annual Auction so successful. It would not have been possible without the diligent efforts of so many members: new, active and sustaining. We appreciate our volunteers and sponsors that offered their time and resources. A big thank you to the Funding & Development Council for their time, energy, and hard work to make this event successful!