Category Archives: Auction

Discounted Ticket Platforms: The future or a menace?

You’ve probably heard about companies such as Groupon, Living Social, and Gilt.  These discounted ticket platforms deliver deals via daily email to its subscribers.  The deals have evolved from company gift-certificates to discounts on in-kind items as well as discounts on tickets for upcoming events. Continue reading


Upcoming Event: Ringside for Mercy’s Sake


The Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is hosting the annul Ringside for Mercy’s Sake event tomorrow night, October 20th.  The event will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile beginning at 6pm.  According to Mercy Home’s website, “Through [their] residential, aftercare, referral and community-based mentoring programs, [they] provide critical, life-saving services to more than 650 hurting and troubled young women and men every year.” Continue reading

Upcoming Event: The 2012 Celestial Ball

Join the Adler Planetarium’s Women’s Board this Saturday, September 8th for the 2012 Celestial Ball: The Milky Way.  The event will be held at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago with cocktails at 6pm and dinner at 8pm.  The much-anticipated black-tie gala kicks off the autumn fundraising season with dinner, dancing, and an iBid interactive auction hosted by  You can preview the auction catalog here.  Proceeds of the event will benefit the Adler Planetarium’s science education initiatives.  The event has raised more than $1 million annually.

Tickets for the events may be purchased through PJH & Associates with individual tickets starting at $600.  If you would like to make a donation to the Adler Planetarium, you may do so through their website.

Thank you to Motorola Solutions, the 2012 Corporate Honoree and Erika Bartelstein, this year’s Celestial Ball Chair.

To learn more about the event, please visit the event site, or contact Sara Rebmann at (312) 322-0523.

Why Interactive and Electronic Auctions Should Be Standard

Hosting a charitable auction with paper bid sheets is much like cooking food over a wood fire – it can still be fun, but it’s old-fashioned.

Gone are the days of crowding around tables to see what’s available for auction.  The ability to flip through items via category and price makes it easy to see what items are available with the flick of a finger.  When auction items are cataloged on personal phones via event website, guests can find what they want, wherever they want.  Now guests can bid throughout dinner, helping raise even more money for your cause by eliminating any recesses during the specified auction time allotment. Continue reading

Top 5 Overlooked Details at Events

Planning an event is a lot of fun…but it can also be overwhelming.  With so many elements to keep in check, you are bound to overlook a few details.  Here are the top 5 overlooked details of an event: Continue reading