Monday, October 10, 2016

Emily Bloom: Charity Auction

Over the past five months, we have partnered with Artisans in planning the Charity Auction to benefit our mentoring program. As chair members serving for the Knights and Setons, we have seen our integral role in the community. Working alongside Polly, the Director of Artisans, we have been able to see where our hard work will take us through this event and where the raised money will go. Knowing this event will benefit and build our service partnership with the people and clients of Artisans makes it that much more rewarding. This opportunity has allowed us to see the amount of work it takes to plan a successful and rewarding event and we are looking forward to seeing the success of this event and the potential it provides for the upcoming year!

Throughout the summer, our team began to piece together the event by reserving spaces, planning meals, procuring items and networking within the community. Using our entire program of Knights and Setons, we have been able to procure almost 115 packages and items to be auctioned off in both the silent and live auction events. We are anticipating an attendance of around 150 people on Saturday, October 8th in Cataldo Hall. This year, we have done most of our planning and organizing online using the Greater Giving software program. This has allowed us to keep things as simple and streamlined as possible, yet it has also proved to be a challenging as we had to manually enter and organize all our items and guests through this software. There have definitely been overwhelming aspects of planning this event, from figuring out budgeting and costs to choosing themes and timelines, but it has taught me to not only be more diligent with my planning, but to always stay a few steps ahead. I’ve loved having the opportunity to reach out and contact members of the greater Spokane community representing the Knights and Setons. Sharing our message and passion for service with others has been incredible and the community’s support shows through the tremendous amount of donations we have received for our cause. I am so thankful for all the help and assistance over the past few months!

- Emily Bloom
Seton of Gonzaga

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