COLDWATER – Tibbits’ 43rd Annual Auction, “Bond, James Bond” takes inspiration from Ian Fleming’s iconic character, stepping off the big screen into the Opera House and online this November for the historic theatre’s main fundraising event.
This hybrid auction including the in-person exclusive social event of the year is back, bigger than ever combining in-person, by phone, and by app opportunities with multiple days to enjoy the fun. Plans for the auction are underway and volunteers and staff are busy collecting the donations like gadgets and resources Special Agent 007 will need to successfully save the world, or at least raise funds for the programming and operations of the historic theatre.
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate. Donations can be goods, services or monetary donations. Past items have included art, baskets, fine jewelry, get-away packages, gift certificates, home décor, tools, equipment, crafts, holiday items, family experiences, sports and theatre tickets, dinners, parties, and other special events.
“Bond, James Bond” will feature bidding online for the silent auctions. The silent auction will be divided into sections – Moneypenny, Q, and M along with a special super silent auction, Felix Leiter– in honor of the film’s characters. Bidding for each online silent auction section will close on consecutive days, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 2-5. The silent auction registration fee is $5 per person, which also enters bidders into a drawing for a pair of tickets to a Tibbits event in 2023.
Item photos will be available on the special auction website with an item list available at Tibbits.org. Sites will be updated weekly in October as donations arrive. All silent auction items go live for bidding November 1. Saturday’s event honoring Special Agent 007 will feature hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and the entertainment of the live auction with Spieth and Satow Auctioneers. Tickets are $20.
Tibbits staff will be available in advance and throughout the auction days to assist patrons with registration, bidding, or any other auction needs.
Cash sponsorships by individual donors or businesses are also needed and will be broken into five themed categories: Diamonds are Forever, $1000+; Goldeneye, $500-999; Casino Royale, $250-499; Skyfall, $125-249; and Goldfinger, $75-124.
This year’s event once again features a large raffle sponsored by Great Lakes Chiropractic. Prizes are $1000, $250, and Tibbits Summer Theatre season tickets. Only 500 tickets will be sold and are available for $10 each.
To donate to the Tibbits Annual Auction, drop items off Monday through Friday 9-5 at the Tibbits administrative office, 93 W. Chicago Street, Coldwater, or call 517.278.6029 to arrange for pick up. Donation deadline is Oct. 16. Donations must be new, vintage, or gently used in clean condition.
For more information on the Tibbits 43rd Annual Auction, visit www.Tibbits.org or call Tibbits at 517.278.6029.