When is the 31st Annual Holiday Auction?
Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 5:00 pm.
Where will it be held? Where do I park?
This year the Holiday Auction will be held in The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, which is located at 78 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Parking is free on site. We will update this page with more parking information closer to the date.
How much does it cost to attend? How to I purchase tickets?
Tickets are $75 per person for a single ticket before the RSVP date or $125 for a donation ticket that includes an additional donation to the Center. You can also purchase a private table for 8 or 10 guests. Please note that we are required to issue tax-deduction receipts to the purchaser, even if your friends reimburse you for purchasing their tickets. If you would rather purchase tickets individually, please nominate a group leader and write that person's name in the "Group" field on the registration form. Please understand that while we try our best, we are unable to guarantee seating together for groups with individual tickets. You can purchase tickets here.
When is the RSVP date? Do you sell tickets at the door?
Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 20. After this date, ticket prices increase to $100 per person, and you will not be able to purchase private tables. Thank you for your understanding -- An advance headcount allows us to plan more accurately for catering, therefore ensuring lower expenses and more money going to the cause!
We only sell tickets at the door if there are any left! It's best to get your tickets early.
Tickets available online.
Private tables available online.
Private tables no longer available.
Tickets not available.
Private tables not available.
If there are any tickets left, they will be available for purchase at the event.
What is Express Check-In and Express Check-Out?
When you register, we ask for your complete contact information. Filling this out completely for yourself and your guests will save time checking in at the event.
This year, we can save even more time by allowing guests to register for Express Check-Out when they purchase tickets. Check the box that reads, "I authorize Orange County Rape Crisis Center to use the credit card entered on the submission page at event 31st Annual Holiday Auction - 2018." Your credit card will be securely registered and attached to your bid number. At the end of event night, there's no need to check out - just pick up your items after dinner and go! We will charge all purchases to your registered credit card 1-3 days after the event and mail receipts shortly after.
You will not receive paper tickets for the event. Your name and your guests' names will be added to our guest list.
Are my purchases tax deductible? When will I get my receipt?
The amount of any contribution that is tax deductible is limited to the excess of any money over the value of goods or services provided. For example, single tickets cost $75 and are valued at $50, so $25 of that purchase is tax deductible. We will mail receipts listing all auction-related purchases after the event.
What is the attire?
Cocktail party, resort casual, business casual, your Sunday best... however you phrase dressing up nice, that's the way to go. If you're looking for fashion inspiration, you can check out photos from last year's auction on our Facebook page.
How does the silent auction work?
This year we're taking the advice of our supporters and going back to old-school pen and paper bid sheets! No more wondering if your smart phone is charged or looking down at your screens all night long!
The silent auction will begin at 5:00 pm, and all tables will close by 6:30 pm. No bids may be placed after this time. Please place your bids on the bid sheet provided for each item. Bids are binding. Illegal bids will be voided. Please respect minimum bids and minimum increments posted on the bid sheets.
What is the First Buyer Frenzy?
The first bidder on each auction item will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Visa card! You don't have to do anything except bid. The winner will be announced at the end of the event.
What's the deal with the grab bags?
During the silent auction, we have a table full of mystery gift bags. For $30, guests can take their chances on picking out a bag and getting a prize. Every bag is a winner, and one bag has a $50 Visa card!
How does the dessert auction work?
During the silent auction, be sure to view the desserts on display for the dessert auction. When the ballroom opens for dinner, each table will have a dessert auction bid card. Each guest at the table can enter an individual amount that they are willing to donate toward the dessert auction. The table that collectively bids the highest will win first choice of dessert. The table that collectively bids the second highest will have second choice. And so forth. Bids are binding.
What is the drawing prize?
Win a night on the town: drinks on Franklin Street, dinner at Lantern, and a night at The Franklin Hotel. Check out the details of the drawing prize here. You can purchase drawing tickets at the same link as admission tickets. The winner will be announced at the end of the event.
How does the live auction work?
We will use our traditional method of bid cards and shouting out numbers. So get ready to raise your card for some awesome items! We will be posting some of our incredible live auction items to the website soon for you to preview ahead of time.
Check out guidelines:
After the program has ended, items will be available for pick up as you exit the ballroom. Please take your items and leave the bid card with your signature on the table. If you have registered for Express Checkout, you’re good to go! If you have not, please pay for your items in the registration room before you leave. Receipts for all auction purchases (including admission tickets) will be mailed to you in 2-3 weeks.
If you have any additonal questions or concerns, or would like to find out how you can help at this year's Auction please contact Interim Development & Communications Director, Gentry Hodnett, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-968-4647.
The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is an independent nonprofit agency serving the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and surrounding communities since 1974. We work to stop sexual violence and its impact through support, education, and advocacy.
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