Thursday, April 10, 2014

ISLAND Silent Auction Benefit Moves Online

For many years, ISLAND has raised funds to grow vibrant programs in the arts and agriculture through a combination silent auction and benefit concert held at Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire.

Starting this year, bidders in the silent auction can choose between two platforms. The main auction takes in person, as it always has, at Short’s. But this year, before the main auction starts, bidders can also choose to support ISLAND programs by placing bids on select art, food, and handmade goods online via ISLAND's Facebook page.

Items featured in the online ISLAND silent auction will be open to public viewing this Friday, April 11th. To bid, go to ISLAND's Facebook page and click on the photo album called Online Silent Auction. Each photo contains an item description which includes starting bids. Check for previous bids, then place your own by commenting with a price.

The auction continues at its online home through Friday, April 18th at 5pm, at which point it moves offline to the ISLAND benefit concert, held Saturday, April 19th at Short’s. Your bid will carry over from the online auction, and if yours is still the highest bid by the end of the night, you win.

Can’t make the benefit concert and physical auction but want to bid online? We will inform you via Facebook if you win.

Here's a sample of what could be yours: 
·         get-away weekends at local accommodations
·         festival tickets
·         babysitting services, a beekeeping consultation, a Shiatsu session
·         original art for walls, windows and home
·         jams, baked goods, food from farms
·         local wines, beers and ciders
·         time in a recording studio
·         hand-made wood servingware, utensils and ceramic dishes 
·         handmade fashions, wearable art and jewelry 
·         gift certificates from bakeries, plant nurseries, restaurants and farms
·         … and more!

Watch the ISLAND Facebook page for silent auction posts.

The 8th annual ISLAND benefit concert takes place April 19th at Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire from 4pm til late. Suggested donation is $10-$20 (sliding scale) at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Additional donations are also welcome!

Find the good stuff on the ISLAND Facebook page, and get the full line-up and all the details at:

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