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Silent Auction 2017

What is Gourmets for God?

It is a unique community builder and fun fundraiser for the Center for Spiritual Living. Everyone bids in a silent auction, online or on campus, to attend an event. These events are created and hosted by CSL folks. They involve inspired meals and other activities of all kinds; they are casual picnics, cooking class, elegant meals, fun food related outings, etc.

When is the silent auction and how can I bid on the events?

The Gourmets for God silent auction starts on Fri, Apr 21 with online bidding. The campus auction runs Sundays Apr 23 through Sunday, May 7. Online bidding ends on Wed, May 3 at 9pm. During that time, we will help with getting you registered as an official bidder, provide you with a bid number, instructions, and an auction booklet.

If you’ve participated in other silent auctions before, you most likely bid to buy the whole event. In Gourmets for God, you’re bidding for a seat at an event. If the event holds 6 people, then you’re bidding for one of 6 seats. You can also bid for more than one seat if you plan to take a spouse, partner or friend.

Anyone can bid and there is no limit to how many events you can bid for – however, your bid is financially binding and you will be charged for all events you do win. You do not need to be a CSL member to participate.

Download the 2017 Auction Booklet for full bidding and auction item details.

To Bid Online, Visit  Silent Auction Pro 

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We use SilentAuctionPro.com to support our entire auction.

 

Winning Bids

Upon winning, your bids will be processed on your credit card a few days following the close of the auction in May. You will receive an email with the event information and receipt. The event host will then contact you with the final details for attending. Happy bidding and enjoy your wins!

Event Host Information:

How can I be a host?

Easy–just say you are interested! With support from our Gourmets for God team, use our event host worksheet to help you with your planning. When you are ready, go online to CSL’s website and look for the Gourmets for God link or go directly to SpiritualLiving.org/gourmets. Continue to the host event registration page and fill out the required fields. Your registration needs to be completed by Sunday, February 26. We will confirm your information, determine the starting bid price and place your event in the silent auction.

What are the responsibilities of being a host?

We can assist you in your planning process but you will ultimately make the decisions about the theme of your event, what to serve, when to have the event, where, etc. You can choose a date anytime between mid–May and December 31, 2017.

The financial responsibility will be yours or shared if you form a partnership with co-hosts. This is your donated gift to CSL. During the silent auction which starts on Fri Apr 21 with online bidding, and the campus auction which runs Sunday Apr 23 through Sunday May 7, you will have the opportunity to promote your event and encourage bidding. There will be approximately a 12″x12″ space by your bid sheet to display props and photos. We encourage you to be by your event sheet in the lobby during open bidding times. This is proven to encourage bidders, increase attendace, and leads to more successful events.

Once the silent auction is complete, we will email your list of guests to you. You will contact your guests with the details of attending your event. The rest is up to you: to play host, to create, and have fun!

What if I want to cook (chef host) but do not have a place?
What if I have a place (house host) but do not cook?

The Gourmets for God team will provide a matching service! Please fill out our matching request form and turn it into a Gourmets for God team member no later than Sunday, February 19. Our Gourmets for God “matching” team will contact you with a matching possibility. You will reach out to this potential event partner to collaborate and sort out details for your event!

Once you have your match (chef host and house host) you will plan your event details and register your event on campus or online by Sunday, February 26.

The financial responsibility for the cost of food and beverages is to be arranged between the chef and house host on a per event basis.

Click to download 2017 Event Host Form.
Return completed forms to gourmets@spiritualliving.org