[Yapc-na-organizers] YAPC Auctions
autarch at urth.org
Sun Apr 12 12:06:35 PDT 2009
On Sun, 12 Apr 2009, Daniel J. Wright wrote:
> 1. They take up a lot of time and it appears that few attendees seem to
> enjoy sitting the entire way through.
I tend to agree. However, this doesn't rule out doing a _silent_ auction.
My animal rights group does this at our annual fundraising banquet. We
have a reception with a silent auction, and it works well.
If you're going to do a silent auction, you'll still want a PA in the
space where it happens so you can do a countdown and encourage people to
bid on items.
Another thing you can do is hold a raffle. At Frozen Perl this year, we
had two publishers donate about $250 worth of books each (ORA and Apress).
We bundled each set of books together and had two different raffles at $5
per ticket. I don't remember exactly how much we raised, but it was a
decent amount (I think c. $300 with 80 attendees).
Of course, you could also do _both_ of these, and/or include a live
auction. Personally, I think a live auction is good for a few select
items, like "lunch with Larry" and stuff like that. It's possible to whip
up a little excitement and get some drunken bidding going. It seems like
this could easily be done in 30 minutes or less, by just picking a few
unique items (no books, shirts, etc).
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