by Judy Williams
The first Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation (SAEF) Festival of Tables virtual auction was a huge success. The weeklong event from March 20 to March 27 offered 196 items donated by various individuals and businesses. The proceeds from the auction, totaling $18,027, will be used by the foundation for scholarships and grants. One-hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event will be invested back into the community.
Bidders found the online auction site to be very user friendly and fun. Each item listed in the auction catalog contained a description, plus most items included several photos. The site provided bidders with an array of information, the bid amount that would be accepted, and the history of the previous bid amounts. Bidders even received an email notice whenever they were outbid on an item.
The auction site also offered an opportunity to donate to the SAEF with just an easy click or tap on the screen. During the weeklong event, the SAEF received $1,257.50 in donations.
The Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to promote educational opportunities for area residents. Composed entirely of unpaid volunteers, the SAEF was established in October 2000 by a committee of dedicated citizens.
Donations for new and existing funds are welcomed and appreciated. The foundation takes applications for grants and disburses quarterly awards; and it manages an extensive array of endowment funds.
To learn more about the SAEF, go to panthernet.net or contact the Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation at 100 Price Ave., Suite A, Stockbridge, MI 49285, 517-851-7188.