NCA Auction Please Help!

Sep 30, 2019 - Mar 1, 2020 (04:00 PM)
March, 1 2020
February 29, 2020
(this is a team hosted event)


Hello NCA families!

It's time again for the NCA Silent Auction!  In past years this event has been our biggest fundraiser, last year bringing in over $17,000!  Needless to say, we look forward to raising this level of money again and we need your support.  Funds raised go towards our team grant and go into our general fund (choreography, equipment, etc.) to help keep the costs of our program down.

For those of you not familiar with our auction, we collect donated items and then auction them off in the lobby of the Y.  Some large items are auctioned off individually and smaller items are packaged together into beautiful gift baskets, usually with a theme (ski package, movie night, pasta dinner, spa package, game night, etc.).  Each item has a description with a bid sheet and people can bid over and over again throughout the course of the auction until winners are awarded on the last day.  This year we will be using online bidding, so it will be easy to let family members and friends bid on items.

We will be having 2 days of preparing auction items and wrapping auction baskets. Please bring the following with you when you come to help -   baskets, ribbons, scissors, staplers, tape, sharpies and any other supplies you can think of. Please sign up for the shift or shifts that work best for your schedule.  Many hands make light work!  We really need everyone to participate to make this a success!

The auction will run in the Y lobby for 10 days (11/2 - 11/10).  This is before the holiday craze and enables people to bid on items that may be used for gifts over the holiday season. Set up will take place on November 1 from 6-10pm and take down will take place on Sunday November 10th 12-4 pm. 

Every family needs to try to find $150 of items to solicit and donate.  

You will receive 1 point for every $150 worth of items you donate.  Donations can be dropped off at the Y on Saturday, October 19th or 26th between 1pm and 5pm.  If those times don't work, just contact me directly to arrange a time.  Please don't procrastinate - there are only 3 weeks to secure all our donations!

Here are some ideas of past donations to help with creative thinking!  

  • Gift certificates from your favorite restaurant, salon, spa, dentist (tooth whitening), dermatologist, etc.
  • Wine, glasses, cheese board
  • Martini or margherita basket
  • Coffee baskets
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Country Club members - round of golf, dinner, etc.
  • Own a second home?  Some of our families have offered their second/vacation homes for a week(end)
  • Game night basket (board games, snacks)
  • Baby girl/baby boy basket
  • Services - cooking, sewing, language, photography, babysitting

Attached is a donation form and tax exempt form you can use with businesses.  In our experience, 70+% of businesses asked will agree to donate - it really is easy!

Here are the two pre-auction items that we can't include in the regular auction because they compete with YMCA classes.  Our member families will have the opportunity to bid on these items until October 18th at 6pm.

One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at the Sama Yoga Center

45 Grove Street New Canaan

Expires 1 year from purchase. Plus a complimentary Sama Yoga t-shirt 

Retail Value = $120

Yoga is a lifelong practice, and wherever you are right now is the perfect place to begin, or begin again. At Sama Yoga, we believe that yoga is for every body, age and ability: Everyone can benefit from a yoga practice. That’s why we offer an array of styles and instructors who work with you to help you find your best practice. Regardless of your experience, body-type, age or ability, Sama Yoga welcomes you.


One Month of Unlimited Pilates Classes at Club Pilates

70 Main Street New Canaan

Expires 1 year from purchase.

Retail Value = $229

Club Pilates offers more than just low-impact, full-body workouts.  With a range of class offerings that challenge your mind as well as your body, Club Pilates provides a path to a richer, more fulfilling life.

Foundation Classes are ideal for beginners and those who want a safe and effective class experience to build a solid Pilates foundation. Focus is on form and alignment to help you master the Pilates fundamentals, so that you can get the most out of your workout as you become more advanced. These classes are ideal for all fitness levels and are easily modified for those with physical limitations.  CP Reformer Flow, CP Center & Balance, CP Restore, CP Teen and CP Cardio Sculpt.

More advanced classes include CP Control, CP Suspend and CP FIT.

To bid, go to this google sheet & enter your name, phone number and bid amount.  Each bid should be at least $10 more than the last bid.  Can you please double check that the link works for me before you send it out?

Thank you for helping to make this effort a success and please let me know if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to a great NCA season and a great fundraiser!

Best regards,

Noelle Ward, Lourdes Hassan & Lisa Williams

Silent Auction Chairs