Fundraising, Silent Auctions & Food Drives

Early on the Colorado Chapter held annual silent auctions to raise money for charitable donations and to provide planner members with financial assistance to attend the annual National Education Conference.

The Chapter Treasurer sent a letter to all supplier members to solicit items for purchase in the silent auction. Items are collected and minimum bids are assigned to each.

On the day of the auction, a copy of the item was placed on a table with a bid sheet announcing the minimum bid. Members bid on the items they would like to purchase in specific increments. Bidding was usually 30-45 minutes in length. Once bidding was complete, committee members reviewed bid sheets and announced the highest bidders.

December 1989 – First charitable event for the Chapter – a canned food drive to the Denver Victims Service Center, a local agency dedicated to helping the innocent victims of crime. $200 and food items were donated.

1991 sets new record – HUGE SUCCESSNovember 21, 1991$1,100 raised – a record amount. Of that money, $500 was donated to the Angel Tree Project, an organization that gives to children whose parents are incarcerated. Monies also helped the Chapter educational fund to continue building on our programming.

December 1992 – The Chapter raised more than $800 from Silent Auction; $500 was given to Angel Tree Foundation. The Chapter also held the annual food drive for Food Bank of the Rockies.

December 1993 – The Chapter raised $1,437 from the Silent Auction; $500 was donated to the Angel Tree Foundation; the balance went to the Chapter scholarship fund. Non-perishable donations were given to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

December 1994 – The Chapter raised $2,074 from the Silent Auction; $500 was given to the Angel Tree Foundation and the balance went towards the Chapter scholarship fund. Non-perishable items were given to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

December 1995 – The Chapter raised more than $1,400 from the Silent Auction; $500 was donated to the Angel Tree Prison Fellowship, with the balance going to the Chapter scholarship fund. Two-hundred fifty (250) pounds of food was also collected (185 meals) from Chapter members for the Food Bank of the Rockies.

In 1996, in addition to the Chapter holding its annual silent auction, a live auction was held for “goodie-filled” balloons. The Chapter raised $1,300 from the auctions. A check for $500 was donated to the Angel Tree Foundation.

In October 1997, at the Annual Fall Education Conference, the Chapter held a “live auction.” Donations were from planners, suppliers and guests. Two auctioneers conducted the auction; the Chapter raised $1730.

In November 1997, at the Chapter’s Annual Silent Auction, $1,839 was raised; $300 was donated to the Angel Tree Foundation.

In December 1997, the Chapter also held its annual food/toy drive with donations going to Food Bank of the Rockies.

In December 1998, at the Chapter’s Annual Silent Auction, $1,464 was raised; $300 was donated to the Angel Tree Foundation.

1999 – There was no Annual Silent Auction held.

2000– The Chapter held a mini-silent auction, seeking donations from both Planners and Suppliers.

In January 2001, in order to offer scholarships for planners (to cover registration fees to attend the National Education Conference), Suppliers were asked to “donate” a themed-basket or other items that would be raffled off. The Chapter raised approximately $500 between January and April. Five planners received their registration fees to the National Education Conference in Kansas City.

At the October 2001 Fall Educational Conference, the Chapter raised more than $700 during a Chinese auction, which raised money towards educational scholarships. All Chapter members supplied donations.

At the October 2002 Fall Educational Conference, the Chapter raised $1,056 at the Chinese auction, which raised money towards educational scholarships. Donations were supplied by all Chapter members.

December 14, 2004 – Members contributed canned food items for the Food Bank of the Rockies.

November 8, 2007 – Members contributed 319 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Serving Up Hope Luncheon, benefitting The Food Bank of the Rockies.

October 8, 2008 – Five boxes and eight bags of food were collected, along with $44; all were donated to the Jeffco Action Center.

April 27, 2010 – The chapter raised $350 in cash donations for a raffle. The chapter matched that amount and donated $1,000 to Cancer Action for the National Education Conference national charity held in Kansas City, MO.

October 2012- Fall Educational Conference, the Chapter raised $2,510.00

June 2013 – Honors and Awards Gala silent auction raised $2,870.00

October 2013– Fall Educational Conference silent auction raised $2,360.00

June 2014 – Honors and Awards Gala silent auction raised $

October 2014– Fall Educational Conference silent auction raised $2,363.00

Golf Tournaments

On Friday, September 16, 1994, the first Colorado Chapter SGMP golf tournament was held at the Wellshire Golf Course, which raised $1,404.50 for education and scholarships.

In September 1995, the second annual Colorado Chapter SGMP golf tournament raised $1,100 for education and scholarships.

In 1997, the Chapter had a miniature golf tournament, which raised $800.

There have been no golf tournaments since 1997.

Cooperation with Other Chapters

February 2011 and February 2012 – Rocky Mountain Chapter members attended the Region V Partners in Education (PIE) Conference.