The Guild raises its operating funds in several ways-your dues, first and foremost, but also through auctions that we hold at our annual show and sale, and occasionally at other functions throughout the year. This year we will be holding our third annual fund-raising auction at Tom Bishop’s Chicago International Show in April. The money we raise from our auctions goes directly into IGMA’s many educational and outreach programs, helping to keep the cost to program participants as low as possible. That is how Guild programs can remain so affordable and our dues at the same level they have been for many years.
The Chicago International auction offers miniaturists many ways to support IGMA, one of which does not even involve your wallet! You can, if you wish, support IGMA with the donation of a miniature, it might be something that you made, or that you have acquired at some point, perhaps something that you bought, but which never found its way into that special project. We would like to receive donated items by April 1, 2016, or you may make arrangements to deliver them in Chicago.
Items donated for the auction can be viewed in the sales room on Friday, near the IGMA and Gallery of the Guild tables. Please check out all the donations and plan to attend the auction with your friends. The auction will be held Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. Come, enjoy some food and the cash bar, and bid on one or more of the many special pieces that will be on the auction block. One of a kind pieces will be found and the occasional bargain, too. Even if you’re not bidding, it is truly a fun event. There is no one like our auctioneer, Duffy Wineman, to keep everyone on the edge of their seat with excitement and laughter.
Please visit the IGMA website for more information.