On Sunday, July 17th, Ann Daniels & Patrick Dyer and I (Ann Katz) took off on another book project adventure. We were chosen as Silent Auction partner for an A’s game. The silent auction is held on a weekend when the team is home; basically autographed memorabilia is auctioned off and the money raised benefits a designated charity. All proceeds would be donated to the East Bay Children’s Book Project. We could have a table and pass out information to the fans about the Project.
We were greeted by the ultra organized Detra Paige who provided us with tickets, parking passes and MC Hammer Bobbleheads. We had a table and exactly three chairs. She actually came back to check on us several times and was almost as excited as we were as we watched the auction results.
I had visions of running the auction and signed up for cell phone Visa donations. So we were surprised when we got there and found these wonderful ladies all set up to handle the auction. They were a couple of retired teachers (we run the world, you know) who worked all the home games and had this auction down to a science.
Then we got to meet their customers. These people were adamant collectors who competitively bid for the items they wanted. But they had to wait until the second out of the 5th inning so they had time to talk to us, learn about our program and make donations.
It was an amazingly easy and profitable fundraiser. The fans were amazingly supportive. The A’s won 9 to 1. And, best of all, we are invited back next year.