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2013 Convention News

Children's Fund Auction to Feature Special Valentine's Day Event

By Fulvia Franco Webb & Mark D. Roth

The Children's Fund Board of Trustees thanks everyone who attended and contributed to making the 2012 Philadelphia auction a great success. The purpose of the auction is to raise money to benefit children; therefore, the board continues to initiate and revise plans for future auctions, especially the Valentine's Day auction in Seattle on Thursday, February 14, 2013. To combine a celebration of Valentine's Day with the annual auction, the Board of Trustees has made some changes to the 2013 auction, featuring light hors d'oeuvres and an increase in admission to a $10.00 donation to help defray costs. This will ensure that most of the revenue from the auction will go directly to projects benefitting children. The auction format will continue to include a live and silent auction and a cash bar will be available.

To decrease postage, hotel handling costs, and avoid dealing with increased airline baggage limits for the Children's Fund as well as for donors and buyers, please consider the following when planning your contribution to the auction:

  • Make your donations in the form of a certificate, if possible (publishers are encouraged to give certificates for their products).
  • Donate smaller, easily packed items.
  • Donate event tickets or tickets that can be used in the convention city.
  • Encourage state associations to donate single, transportation-friendly items.
  • Consider giving items of $30 value or more for the silent auction.
  • Include return postage for the buyer, if possible, when it is appropriate.

Auction items are priced with a beginning bid of approximately half their value. The value and uniqueness of items are considered in selecting live auction items versus silent auction items, with the number chosen for the live auction being limited because of time constraints. The auction cochairs determine which items are to be in the live and silent auctions.

There will be a number of activities connected with the auction such as the use of tables for the silent auction, the live auction, a split-the-pot drawing, an additional drawing for a special item that does not require the person to be present, and the possibility of posting auction items on e-Bay prior to the convention.

The Children's Fund booth will be in the Exhibition Hall at the convention in Seattle where you may pay for your admission to the auction. You may also pay for your admission when you register as part of your convention registration. Auction bidding numbers may be picked up at the Children's Fund booth or on the night of the auction at the door. The Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the continued support that NASP and its members have given the Children's Fund.

Please note that your admission to the auction is considered a donation to the Children's Fund; it is not considered to be your Children's Fund membership. Because the money raised by the auction is for a charitable cause and is used to fund grants or projects to meet the needs of children, families, and school psychologists, your admission fee is tax deductible.

Fulvia Franco Webb is a cochair of the auction and Mark D. Roth is the president of the NASP Children's Fund, Inc.