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Donate Silent Auction Items for the Dorothys

Published Nov 1, 2007

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The silent auction has traditionally been one of the most popular features of the annual Dorothy Swards. We’re always looking for auction items – from individual givers as well as from businesses and organizations. Would you like to participate but are not sure what to give? Here are some ideas!

The silent auction has a history of fabulous “major items” – things like bicycles, boating trips, vacation trips, etc. We’d love to have a major item contributed by you – and early enough to make sure your name is in the silent auction program! This is a good time to mention that your item contributions, of any size, also yield you a “thank you” note listing the fair market value of the item for your deduction itemizing at tax time!

Most of our auction items are in the $25 to $100 value range. Do you have a favorite restaurant or place to shop? A gift certificate makes a great silent auction item. A gift certificate could also be for services at a favorite salon or from any service provider.

Interested in donating a major item? One that’s always a “hit” with the live auction participants is a gift certificate for a house cleaning or a specific home-related service from a provider of your choice. Are you a collector of vintage or antique items? We’d love to have a choice item from your collection, be it a print, a painting, an autographed photo or an “objet d’art.”

For early auction donations or to discuss possible item donations, contact Simon Rich at (203) 281-1747 or via email at If you’ve given in previous years, you’ll be contacted by someone on the silent auction committee beginning right after Thanksgiving (or you can call us now). 

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