Tibbits Seeking Donations for Annual Auction in November

Tibbits Seeking Donations for Annual Auction in November

COLDWATER – Tibbits’ 42nd Annual Auction, “Auction at the Opera House” a Phantom-Inspired Masquerade, steps off the stage into the Opera House and online this November in the theatre’s main fundraising event. 

A time-honored tradition, Tibbits’ Auction is the social event of the year, and organizers expect it to be again this year. As Covid continues, Tibbits is masquerading confidence about what November holds and has creative and exciting avenues to make this year’s auction happen. It will become another unique event in true Tibbits fashion combining in-person, by phone, and by app opportunities with multiple times to enjoy the fun. Plans for the auction with its “Phantom of the Opera” theme are underway and volunteers and staff are busy collecting the donations needed to make the event a success.

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.

Cash sponsorships are also needed and will be broken into five character-themed categories:  Phantom, $1000+; Christine the Ingénue, $500-999; Raoul the Viscount, $250-499; Auctioneer, $125-249; and Carlotta the Prima Donna, $75-124.

Last year Tibbits implemented an online silent auction and adapted their traditional live auction. Emcee Ken Delaney, Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney, Auctioneers Dan Satow and Darrin Spieth, and Tibbits Operations Director Stephanie Burdick ran the live-streamed auction. 2021’s theme “Auction at the Opera House,” a Phantom-inspired masquerade, will continue with the online silent auction from Nov. 2-6 and bring the live auction back to an in-person event at the theatre on Nov. 6, 2021.

“Auction at the Opera House” will feature bidding online for the silent auctions. The silent auction will be divided into sections – Rehearsal, Dressing Room, and Backstage along with a special super silent auction, the Labyrinth – in honor of the musical. Bidding for each online silent auction section will close on consecutive days, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The registration fee is $5 per person, which also enters bidders into a drawing for a pair of tickets to a Tibbits event in 2022.

Item photos will be available on the special auction website starting Oct 20 with an item list available at Tibbits.org. Sites will be updated weekly as donations arrive. All silent auction items go live for bidding November 2.

According to Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney, “We are planning the live auction as an in-person ticketed event with items set up on stage and a reception in the art gallery. We are also monitoring the current health conditions for our community and if necessary will be able to pivot to a virtual event if necessary. Festivities for the live auction will begin at 6pm with the live auction beginning at 7pm.”

Tibbits staff and trained volunteers will be available in advance and throughout the auction days to assist patrons with registration, bidding, or any other auction needs.

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 42nd Annual Auction, visit www.Tibbits.org or call Tibbits at 517.278.6029.

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