Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fun'd Auction

Dear ISA Colleagues,

It’s baaaack! Pull out your 2011 calendars and mark them for an evening of barbeque, bourbon, and Fun’d. Yes, the Fun’d Auction will be revived and held Sunday evening, February 20th, during ISA's Annual Conference, Appraising America. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is looking for new ways to energize its primary fundraising event. Our goal this year is to raise $20,000 to support appraisal education so that we can continue to award grants and scholarships. We would like to ask for your help and creativity to help us achieve this goal.

We’re asking for quality items for the silent and live auctions, items that have typically not been offered in the past. Do you, or does someone you know, have a vacation home or time share they would be willing to donate the use of for a vacation getaway? How about dinner and an evening on someone’s yacht? A cruise to Mexico for 2? A meal with a celebrity? A hunting weekend? Air miles? Subscriptions? A course registration fee? Tickets to a concert or sporting event? The possibilities are limitless, and this is where your creativity kicks in.

Because the Foundation for Appraisal Education is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), those who donate items for the auction are entitled to claim their fair market value as tax deductions, and successful bidders can deduct any monies paid above the fair market value of the items they purchase. Of course, monetary gifts are always welcome and may be deducted in their entirety. We are grateful for smaller items as well such as collectibles, paintings, silver items, good out-of-print reference books, tools of the trade, etc. Every dollar we raise will put us closer to reaching this year's goal.

Please send your auction items to: Carol Wamble, 302 South Cameron Court, Hermitage, TN 37076. Carol has asked that packages be sent via UPS, if possible, and that a signature be required on packages sent through the mail.

We are also looking for volunteers to help before, during and after the auction. If you would like to join us in our efforts to raise money for the good cause of supporting appraisal education, please contact Beth Szescila at beth@houstonappraiser.net, Fred Winer at fred@pwpusa.com, or Carol Wamble at wambleappraising@bellsouth.net .

Beth Szescila, ISA CAPP
Foundation for Appraisal Education President

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