One of the more entertaining and rewarding ways an organization can raise money is through a live auction. Yes, you are in essence donating money, but, if you are a successful bidder, you go home with something you wanted, not just a t-shirt or tote bag that is the common reward for a donation.
The Guild usually sponsors two auctions each year; one at Guild School, that raises money for school expenses and programs, the other at the Guild Show, which raises money for many Guild programs; programs that further the IGMA mission of promoting miniatures as an art form. This year, in celebration of the Guild’s 35th Anniversary, and with the kind cooperation of Tom Bishop, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans is hosting a gala live auction Friday, April 11, at the Chicago International Show. The auction will be open to all bidders, you certainly do NOT have to be an IGMA member to bid.
As with all Guild auctions, the donated items up for bids are high quality miniatures, many made by our own Artisan and Fellow members, and a few are very special, one of a kind pieces made exclusively for this auction. These pieces will be on display during the preview hours on Friday, and when the door close on the salesrooms Friday evening, the action will shift to the auction room just down the hallway.
Duffy Wineman, who has been keeping the Guild School auctions on a lively footing for the last few years, has graciously agreed to serve as auctioneer in Chicago, and we are all looking forward to another hysterical evening of bidding, and of encouraging others to bid.
Why don’t you come and enjoy the fun, too?