Our first-ever Silent Auction was a huge hit in 2014 and we are making plans to host our second annual Silent Auction at the 2015 Arizona Home Education Convention.
Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center, convention attendees will have the opportunity to bid on and purchase a fantastic assortment of items.
EXAMPLES OF ITEMS YOU MAY FIND AT THE 2015 SILENT AUCTION
HOW WILL THE SILENT AUCTION WORK?
CONVENTION ADMISSION REQUIRED
Convention admission is required to enter the Exhibit Hall and to participate in the Silent Auction.
WHAT WILL AFHE DO WITH THE PROCEEDS?
With a volunteer board of directors, a few key volunteer committees, and a lean budget, AFHE is able to accomplish a great deal each year in serving the Arizona homeschool community and promoting home education throughout the year. In addition, we are actively watching legislation that may affect the freedom to homeschool in our state, building relationships at the Capitol, and working to preserve the least restrictive regulations for homeschoolers in Arizona. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will go to help AFHE continue serving the Arizona homeschool community while keeping convention admission fees, exhibitor fees, and membership fees as low as possible.
In addition, AFHE will donate a portion of the proceeds from the Silent Auction to the Home School Foundation Arizona Ambassador Fund, which helps Arizona homeschooling families who are hurting and in need.
CAN I DONATE AN ITEM FOR THE SILENT AUCTION?
Yes! We are accepting donations of quality, new items from support groups, individuals, businesses, organizations, family-friendly venues, and convention exhibitors. Do you have a specialized craft or skill such as quilting or woodworking? We are also accepting hand-crafted items for the silent auction. Would you like to put together a themed basket/box or
donate items for one of the themed baskets AFHE would like to assemble? See below for a list of themed baskets for which AFHE is collecting donations.
Baskets can be big or small, elaborate or simple, and should include quality items that would be of interest to homeschooling parents and families. They can be themed to represent your part of the state or an area of interest such as art, geology, elementary education, geography, history, or science. They could include art supplies, family fun activities, pampering for mom, cool stuff for guys, and so on. Or you can donate one or more items toward any of the following themed baskets AFHE hopes to put together.
DONATION REQUEST FORM TO SHARE
We've created a two-page form that you can print out and share with business owners and venue managers when asking for donations to the AFHE Silent Auction. This document explains who AFHE is, what we do, the purpose of the silent auction, and how participating will benefit the donor.
DONATION REQUEST FORM TO SHARE (pdf)
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED
Health industry items such as vitamins, diet packages, special therapies, etc. cannot be accepted. We will not accept donated items that require any kind of payment. For example, AFHE will not accept for auction items that we have to pay a portion for back to the company. In addition, we will not accept donations of items that require the winning bidder to purchase something from you in order to enjoy your donated item/service. For example, if you donate four music lessons, the winning bidder should not be required to purchase additional lessons to enjoy the benefit of the four they received through the silent auction. AFHE reserves the right to decline any donation at our discretion based on whether it is a good fit for our event and audience.
THEMED BASKET/BOX/BUNDLE IDEAS
Businesses that donate an item for the Silent Auction will be invited to send us 200-250 brochures, business cards, or postcards promoting your business that will be placed on the table next to the item you have donated. With over 5,000 people in attendance, your business will receive a great deal of exposure.
AFHE will also publish a list of those who donated to the Silent Auction on our website.
DONATION APPLICATION FORM DEADLINE: June 12, 2015
If you are interested in donating items for the AFHE Silent Auction, please complete the online DONATION FORM by June 12.
DEADLINE TO RECEIVE DONATED ITEMS: JUNE 19, 2015
AFHE must receive all donated items by June 19, 2015.
Our team will prep the Silent Auction items for display and will be responsible for setting up the Silent Auction booth on Thursday, July 9. NOTE: We reserve the right to bundle items together as needed.
Donation applications are now being accepted. Please complete this short online donation form to provide your contact and company information along with a brief description and estimated retail value of the item(s) being donated.
AFHE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational corporation. Donations are tax deductible. Donation acknowledgement letters will be sent to donors later in the year.
AFHE reserves the right to approve or decline any donation based on the appropriateness and whether it is a good fit for our event and audience.
Silent Auction Donation Coordinator