Sedona AZ (October 28, 2016) – Keep Sedona Beautiful has announced that registration is open for the online and onsite portions of its silent auction, part of its first-ever fundraiser. The auction’s two phases begin with an online auction from November 3 to November 12, and culminate in an onsite silent auction at KSB’s fundraising event, Star Gazers and Raisers, on Sunday November 13.
The Sunday celebration of KSB’s first fundraiser for its Endowment Fund will happen between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek. It will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the silent auction from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a presentation at 4:30 p.m. by Ken Zoll, Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center: “Ancient Astronomical Practices in the Southwest.”
The innovative online auction November 3–12 requires registration by calling the KSB office at 928.282.4938. Potential bidders can now view auction items online: photos and descriptions of over 100 items valued at over $35,000 are available at http://www.keepsedonabeautiful.org/our-programs/annual-fundraiser-2016.html. Upon registration, bidders may enter their bids, or choose the Buy It Now option, via home computers, smart phones and other devices. Items not immediately purchased will remain available at the onsite auction at the Hilton on November 13, where new bidders may also register.
“This new bidding option is our response to people who’d like to participate, to contribute, but might not be able to get to the Village on November 13,” said KSB President Joanne Kendrick.
Programs supported by KSB that will benefit from a strengthened endowment include sustaining the International Dark-Sky Community designations in Sedona and Big Park, presenting the annual Native Plant Workshop, hosting a monthly speaker series on Preserving the WonderTM, coordinating an ongoing volunteer group of over 120 “Litter Lifters” who clean over 68 miles of local roads, and conducting an Annual Awards program that highlights community members’ participation in the shared effort. Also significant has been KSB’s contribution to the Noise Abatement Committee, a group that joined with the City of Sedona to address noise from the airport.
All funds raised are destined to grow the Endowment Fund to ensure that KSB smoothly weathers any future economic downturns and remains self-sustaining. Founded in 1972 as an environmental stewardship group, the organization has previously operated on a year-to-year basis.
Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased in advance at KeepSedonaBeautiful.org or by calling the KSB office at 928.282.4938. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers, is committed to protecting and sustaining the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area.