Information about the 2020 Auction

How do I bid?

The 2020 Auction is all online!  And we have two different groups of items.

The “silent” auction includes about 150 items.  Bidding on all of those items will close at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, November 7 – Gala Evening.

And then we’ll go into the “live” auction, where we’ll be offering another dozen items.  These items will be auctioned, one at a time, by Ed Clark.

We have an online bidding system for ALL of the items. 

It's similar to an Ebay auction -- you can place an opening bid or a maximum bid, and you'll receive notifications if you're outbid.  Check out the wonderful items -- and get your bids in!  

Insider tip:  set it and forget it.  Do you see an item in the auction that you really want?  Through the online system, you may submit your maximum bid!  If others start bidding on your “must-have” item, the auction system will automatically bid for you – up to your maximum! 

Questions about bidding?  Email us at

Hey, I won!  How do I get my stuff?

Thanks to the support of this year’s gala by members of the Center’s Board of Directors, we are offering free shipping on most items in the 2020 auctions!  This is noted in each item’s description. U.S. addresses only.

Some larger items – noted at the bottom of the item’s description – will be shipped at cost [via UPS] to the winning bidder. 

A few larger or particularly fragile items – noted at the bottom of the item’s description – are only available for pick-up at the Center.

After the auction, the Center will contact each winning bidder by email.

Questions about items?  Email us at

Picking up items at the Center

Because of COVID restrictions, the Center is NOT open to the general public and is not open to drop-in visitors. 

To pick up an auction item you must make an appointment with Marley Crawford, the Center’s Development Associate.  Marley is generally available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Marley will be available by appointment for auction item pick-ups starting on Wednesday, November 11.  To make a pick-up appointment, contact her directly at:

Please note:  If you come by the Center without making an appointment with Marley, you will not be able to pick up auction items.