Saint Charles Soccer: Silent Auction Updates

Wednesday, June 29

St. Charles Soccer Bulletin- June 21, 2011



This year Tricia Bingham has graciously agreed to serve as the chair of the Donations Committee for the 2011 Silent Auction.  Although it seems like a long time until August, work is already underway for the event and we need your help!
I have attached a copy of the donation letter that can be used to solicit donations from local vendors.  Please feel free make as many copies as you desire and distribute to local businesses that you patronize.  You will be amazed at the generosity of our area businesses.  Before distributing the donation letter, please indicate your family name on the Donation Information Sheet under the line "Parent or Player soliciting Item for Silent Auction"   This  form will be returned to Tricia Bingham with the donation.  Tricia will notify you that a donation was made from a business you solicited.  Any donations you are able to drum up will count toward your family contribution.

If you are putting together a personal donation, we will begin collecting donations the evening of July 5th before and after Captains' practice and throughout the month of July. 

We will have folks from the Donations committee on hand to fill their trunk with baskets and items.  If this time is not convenient, please call either myself, or Tricia ( phone numbers listed below) to make alternative arrangements.  A copy of the attached donation information sheet should accompany all donations with details on the items(s) and the donor.  As an added incentive to you, we willbe holding a drawing for all those who turned in their donation on/or before July 23, 2011.  We will be awarding the winner of the drawing a free pass to all home games for the soccer season of 2011.  So please, don't wait, start thinking of how your family will be contributing to the St. Charles Soccer Program and get your items in early! 
Please remember we rely on each family to provide an average of $200 in a donations to the auction to insure the event’s success.  Please keep copies of the attached solicitation letter with you and solicit restaurants and businesses that your family frequents throughout the summer.   As a reminder, the Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction is scheduled for Sat., August 13, 2011 at 6p.m. in the Cavello Center at St. Charles.  It is a fun evening out for parents.  The players will assist with setup on Friday, and our older players will serve as wait staff on Saturday evening.  The evening includes food, drinks, a reverse raffle with a $1000 prize, a 50/50 raffle, silent and live auction packages.  The proceeds from this event provide the majority of our program's funding, and the event is always a great kickoff to the soccer season. 

Need donation ideas?  Sporting event and concert tickets are always a hit, as are golf packages.   No item is too big or too small!  We appreciate items that are pre-packaged, but also welcome individual items that can be combined to create a themed basket.
If you would like to put together your own donation package, consider some of these inspiring ideas from prior auctions:
Tropical Paradise
                Set of 4 plastic Margarita glasses
                Margarita Mix
                Tropical Music CD, Jimmy Buffet, etc.
                Drink/Ice Tub      
                Chip and Dip set
Wine and Entertaining Baskets – consider some of the following
                Bottles of Wine
                Vacuum Wine Cork or Wine Bottle toppers
                Set of 6 wine markers
                Pkg of 4 wine coasters
                Cheese Knife Set
                Dark chocolate
We all Scream For Ice Cream!
                Glass sundae glasses
                Ceramic, Ice Cream Lazy Susan server for Sundae toppings
                Packages of sundae toppings – gummy worms, nuts, chocolate sprinkles
                Graeter’s Ice Cream Gift Card
Labor Day Grill Time!
                Grilling Tools and accessories
                Accessories for grilling vegetables, fish
                3 piece BBQ Pizza stone set for the grill
Feed Me, Please!
                Grocery Gift Card and basket of snacks, munchies, Gatorade, Propel
Drivers Beware!!  - New Driver Car kit – any combination of these
                Gasoline Gift Card
                Flares, Flashlight, Ice Scraper
                Glove Box essentials, Emergency reflectors, first aid kit
                Portable GPS system, Membership to AAA
                Magnetic key holder for attaching second hidden car key
                car wash gift card, car cleaning supplies
Picnic Basket
                Plastic picnic ware
                Citronella candles
                Napkins, Tablecloth, blanket
                Grocery Store Gift Card
Golf basket
                 Balls, towels, tees, club covers, golf umbrella, hat
                 Golf lessons
                 Golf photo frame, golf book
                 Tickets to Jack Nicklaus museum
                 Golf club tee times
                 Specialty golf club
Beach Party
                Wicker/Nylon bag
                Beach towels, Sun Block
                Mini lounge chairs
                Collapsible ice tub
                Current Magazines
Everything Java
                 Mini coffee pot
                 Starbucks coffee varieties or gift card
                 Reading material
                 Travel mug
                 Ceramic coffee mugs
Smile Pretty
                Photo Frames of various shapes and sizes
                Photography sitting fee gift card
                Digital Camera
Back to school supplies!
                Reams of computer paper
                Flash drive
                Gift Card for Staples (great for back to school supplies)
                Sharpies, pencils, pens, college ruled loose-leaf, binders, etc.
Chocolate Lover’s basket
                Any and all things chocolate, etc.
Sports basket  
                Ohio State Basket, Notre Dame Basket
Pampering for Her
                Spa Gift Card
                Bath and Body works products
                Candles, aromatherapy, bubble bath
Cooking/Kitchen Help
                Small kitchen gadgets
                Cookbooks, cookbook stands
                Trivets, towels, potholders
                Serving platters or dishes
                Cutting boards, knife sets
The well dressed SC student
                A selection of ties for each day of the week.
                Gift Card to the movie theatres
                Recently released DVD movies
                Microwave popcorn
                Tins of popcorn
                Gift card to The Popcorn Factory
                Popcorn ceramic bowls
                Board games, video games, dart board
How Does Your Garden Grow?
                Garden statues, and stones, pots, tools, Garden Gift cards, etc.
Man’s Best Friend
                 Pet bed, toys, snacks
                 Leash, obedience lessons
                 Kennel vacation time
                 Food bowl/water dish.
 Generic Party Basket
                Helium tank, unfilled balloons
                Paper products and plasticware
                Grocery store gift card for party tray/cake
Music – IPOD, MP3, iTunes GC, Music CD’s, music lessons
Reader’s delight – novels, portable travel reading light, book marks, children’s classics

Handout: 2011 Silent Auction Letters