Annual Auction

Mark your calendars now for our annual Autumn Auction, our largest fundraiser for mission and ministry, as well as a great social event for all. The Auction is Saturday, November 10, at the church with silent auction at 6:00pm and live auction at 7:30pm. You can donate new items, tickets, gift cards, etc. Donations will be accepted in the Library starting October 1st. There will be the wine pull, door prizes, refreshments and more. Contact Joel Ahrens.

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Kingswood Annual Auction FAQ

1.       When and where is the auction?

The auction is held November 10th at the Kingswood United Methodist Church at 400 W. Dundee in Buffalo Grove. The Live Auction takes place in the Activity Center and the Silent Auction is across the hall in Room 114. The Silent Auction starts at 6:00 P.M. and the Live Auction follows at 7:30. The event is usually wrapped up between 9:30 and 10:00.

2.       What types of items can I bid on?

The Silent Auction has items ranging in value from $20-100. These include fun themed gift baskets, gift cards, appliances, toys, treats and collectibles. The Live Auction has larger items such as trips, time shares, golf games, sports tickets, nights out on the town, iPads, designer purses, spa days, indoor sky diving, museum passes, special brews or catering. These range in value from $100 to Priceless. Also, during the Silent Auction, you can visit the Wine Pull in the Activity Center. You can purchase (for $25) a cork with a number that matches a “mystery” bottle of wine. The wines range in value from $15-$60—you get a lovely wine for you or to bring to the host of your next dinner party.  All corks are then put into play for special prize awards.

3.       How do I bid?


When you arrive at the auction you will be assigned a paddle with a unique number on it. As you tour the Silent Auction write down your number and the amount you want to bid on the sheet of paper by the item you want. When the Silent Auction ends you will “win” any item where you have the highest bid. For the Live Auction the auctioneer begins the bidding with a brief description of an item and starting bid.  After that folks raise their paddles to indicate a bid and the action begins. When bidding slows down the auctioneer calls going…going…gone and the prize goes to the last bidding paddle number.

4.       Is there a meal?

No meal but you won’t go hungry. There snacks and cake and beverages (non-alcoholic).

5.       Where does the money go?

The Kingswood Auction is the church’s largest annual fundraiser. It helps to support all of the activities of the church including community outreach, disaster relief, support groups and keeping the light on. At the end of the year you will receive a letter from the church listing all of your donations including items bought at the auction. The portion bid above the stated value of each item is tax-deductible.

6.       How do I donate?

Every year members of Kingswood and local businesses donate the items for the auction. The best donations are gift certificates to restaurants and events; trendy new items (like electronics and small appliances); or cash and let the auction committee do the shopping for you. All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a tax form. Donations are accepted in the Kingswood library after Sunday services. Or, you can contact the Auction committee to drop off items by appointment. All items for the auction should be current/new items. If you have lightly used items we suggest you donate them to the Thrift Store at the Manna House where they will be much appreciated.


7.       How can I help?

You can help by coming to the Auction and inviting your friends. And, you can also donate items or money. Finally, if you are looking for a deeper level of involvement please let the auction committee know you would like to be part of the team for next year.

8.       How do I contact the Auction committee?

If you have any Questions, Suggestions or Donations reach out to:

Joel/Elaine Ahrens

Dawn/Jim Frieling

Patty/Randy Pickett