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Re: selling reunion photos
In Response To: Re: selling reunion photos ()

Hi Cynthia,

thanks for the idea. We tried the auction last year in conjunction with a fake money auction. I made money using photos of deceased family members in very large denominations and used donated new items (mainly from me and my mom out of our attics but still not used). The Washington-Matthews dollars as we called them were earned by participating in team activities (each person was assigned a team when they arrived, did our best to mix up households).

Well the W-M$$$ auction was great the kids earned the most money and had a ball outbidding the adults.

The fundraiser auction was a silent auction. One aunt got mad because she wanted to use the play money and we had made clear in agenda and on table that it was US cash only silent auction. We had 6 different things, a car wash bucket, a picnic basket, lottery tickets, a e-reader, and a crock pot with cookbook. Only one person bid on picnic basket for minimum bid which was cost. Funny thing was everyone begged to know when they could bid on the silent auction till they knew it cost real money. When I said cash only the crowd that had formed dispersed like I said fire! LOL

This year I am giving up on the fundraisers. I am going to do everything as cheaply as possible and ask people to donate money. Last year I was supposed to do an accounting of funds but had a hard time getting everything done. This year it is a must so folks see that me and the other organizer are using our money and we could do more if they paid more. Even getting them to pay is tough. They want steak but free. I am finding this is more of a labor of love. If I can break even or close to even and the family enjoys themselves and ties are strengthened I am happy.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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