to the Greatest Virtual Gala on Earth!
For 13 years, we’ve gathered close to 200 guests here at the Camano Center in late September for our largest fundraiser of the year, our Gala Auction. Historically, this has been a lively, packed house with tables full of auction attendees filling every corner of the Sundin Room. Although circumstances this year may prevent us from gathering together in person, we are moving forward with a plan to bring our Gala Auction party to you! Anyone can participate this year since we are not limited by the size of our building or the amount of chairs and tables our main room can hold. Be sure to invite your friends, kids, relatives, and neighbors because this is truly a come one, come all event!
For the past 11 years, Ian Lindsay has been the professional auctioneer for our Gala Auction. In March, he quickly transitioned his business and built a studio in the basement of his Portland home where he is equipped to host a live stream event. Working with his team, the Camano Center is transitioning our major fundraising event to an Online Silent Auction and Virtual Live Gala that you will be able to participate in from the comfort (and safety) of your own home. Our Online Silent Auction will be open for bidding September 21-26 (the week leading up to our Virtual Live Auction). A wide variety of auction items will be available for bid during the week online. The Virtual Live Gala will be an interactive, live stream event hosted by Ian Lindsay, scheduled for September 26th at 6:00 PM. The Virtual Live Auction will include games, blocks of Live Auction items, a visit from our Executive Director, and a “Fund A Mission” segment where attendees can donate to support the mission of the Camano Center.
You can enhance your Virtual Live Auction experience by purchasing our “Gala To Go” dinner box - a delicious full course meal (created by Adin Collver, Camano Center Catering) that can be picked up September 26th between 2:00-4:00 and enjoyed while you take part in our Gala from the comfort of your own home (see details below)!
Online Silent Auction- September 21-26
Opens: Monday, September 21, 2020 10am PST
A compilation of over 50 auction items, with a range of values will be available for bid during the week leading up to the Virtual Live Gala. Bidders will need to register to bid but there is no fee to participate.
Virtual Live Gala Auction–The Greatest Virtual Gala on Earth
September 26, 6:00pm
This is our largest and most important annual event, streaming this year through our auction website. Bid on exciting travel, artwork, jewelry, special private tours and more! This segment of the event will also be when we highlight our “Fund A Mission” where bidders can donate directly to support Camano Center programs and services. There will be interactive games, and other ways to engage with the group during this segment. If you register to bid in the silent auction, you do not need to register again for the live.
Consider Joining us as a VIP Community Supporter-
Although there is no cost to register to bid, you can choose to join the fun as a VIP Community Supporter for $75. This special level of participation helps to further support the work of the Camano Center, plus you will also be listed as a VIP supporter during our evening opening of the Live Virtual Event and get free local (Stanwood/Camano) delivery of your purchased auction items!
You are welcome to make a cash donation directly at any time if you do not plan to “attend” the virtual event. To do this, please go to https://camanocenter.org/donate/
What if I don’t feel comfortable participating in an online event?
If you are not comfortable participating in an online event please do not hesitate to call us! We are happy to walk you through the steps to register and participate OR suggest other ways you might take part in remote bidding or donating to our “Fund-A-Mission”.
“Gala To Go” Dinner Box-
If you want to elevate your Virtual Live Gala Auction experience, purchase the “Gala To Go” box! The box will include a full meal created by Adin Collver and her Camano Catering team all packaged up with a bow (literally) and available for pick up at the front entrance of the Camano Center on September 26th between 2:00-4:00 PM. The meal is designed to be reheated at home with full instructions. The “Gala To Go” option will be available for purchase through a link on our auction website (see website link below) or by calling the Camano Center at 360-387-0222. The deadline for ordering the “Gala To Go” dinner box has been extended to 9/21/20 and there is a limited number of these available so order early to be sure to get one! The box will include your choice of these two dinner options:
Lemony poached prawns with 2 sauces (horseradish cocktail sauce and dill caper remoulade), Classic wedge salad with crunchy iceberg lettuce, crispy bacon bits, creamy blue cheese dressing and crumbles, diced red onion, tomatoes, and chives, Marinated and grilled flank steak with traditional Argentinian chimichurri sauce. Savory brown butter mashed potatoes, Roasted asparagus with garlic, lemon, and parmesan, Brioche rolls from The Baked Cafe, served with herb butter, dessert.
Organic edamame pods, steamed and topped with chili salt, Classic wedge salad, minus the bacon. Crispy sheet pan gnocchi with pesto, roasted vegetables, shaved parmesan, fresh basil, and balsamic reduction, Roasted asparagus with garlic, lemon, and parmesan. Brioche rolls from The Baked Cafe, served with herb butter, dessert.
Please save the date for our 14th Annual Gala Auction, Saturday, September 26, 2020 – The Greatest Virtual Gala on Earth! Our gala auction is the principal fundraising event for the Camano Center each year, and is a premier evening of socializing, entertainment and bidding on silent and live auction items. The event has been sold out as quickly as tickets go on sale these past few years. This year our event will look a bit different! We are working with our wonderful auctioneer Ian Lindsay and his team to bring a virtual auction to our guests. Stay tuned – we are excited to plan for this event which will allow us to include all that would like a chance to participate!
With the support of our amazing community in sponsorships, donations, ticket sales and auction purchases, we raised over $135,000 in 2019. Our “fund-a-need” which directly supports our Safety Net Programs raised $46,000. Administering our safety net services and responding to the needs of our community is always a top priority of our staff These programs include: Medical Rides Program, Grocery Delivery Service, Camano Connections Calls, Disaster Registry Service, Essential Shopping Trips and our Adult Day Program.
During these unprecedented times, we are thankful that we are able to continue to provide our most essential services to our community.
If you would like to sponsor our auction, or donate an item from our wish list, please visit https://camanocenter.org/gala-auction/
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