Most BAJ participants know that the purpose of the BAJ Pancake Breakfast in October is to raise money for scholarships and support for young athletes in Bloomington. But what is the silent auction about? Answer – same thing! In fact, the silent auction raised an additional $1771 in 2014. The total raised since it started in 2009 is around $14,000. With your help, we can make it grow even more in the future.
Our primary effort to gather silent auction items will begin in August this year with a letter mailed to hundreds of local and metro area businesses asking for their support. However, we accept donations at any time during the year.
How can you help? If you own or work for a local business, put together a gift certificate that can be used for services from that business. Services such as oil changes, tire rotation, transmission service, carpet cleaning, house cleaning, furnace checkup, fitness center visits, to name only a few ideas that are popular at the auction. Gift certificates at restaurants, pie shops, sandwich shops, coffee shops, art shops are popular as well. It’s a great way for businesses to introduce new customers to their business.
You may also donate unique craft items that you make, or nearly new items that sit in-unsed in your storage area. Anything that has value and can attract a bid will raise more money for the kids. And finally- participate in the auction that day and bid early and bid often.
2017 Silent auction workers and tables