CES Silent Auction 2021

Photo of large brown gift basket wrapped in plastic and tied with a brown bow.

Extension Colleagues –

On behalf of the CES Fundraiser Committee, please consider participating in this year’s Silent Auction at the OSU Extension Virtual Annual Conference (December 7-9, 2021) – an opportunity to support a good cause. Chi Epsilon Sigma (CES) sponsors this annual fundraiser to recognize an Extension support staff member via the Chi Epsilon Sigma Extension Support Staff Excellence Award


Do you have a special talent that you would like to share with your Extension colleagues? Do you knit, sew, do woodwork, paint, make jewelry, bake, etc.? Are you an independent seller for a company that sells purses, jewelry, makeup...? Know of local/statewide businesses that would love to donate products or gift certificates for some additional publicity around the state? Whether you are a county- or state-based office, consider this an opportunity for a team project and donate a themed “basket” or individual item for the Silent Auction. If there is something unique about your county, consider that as a theme for your donated item(s). We would be thrilled to have a donation from every county/office! 

Silent Auction Donation Ideas 

Virtual Format

Just like last year, we will be virtual! That means items will be shipped directly from donor to bidder, so please consider whether you will be able to ship the item(s) you are donating. Some ideas for low-cost, shipping-friendly items include gift cards/certificates, jewelry, makeup/skincare, small fishing gear, handmade greeting cards, OSU items, wall art, small handmade blankets, lottery tickets. We will also be accepting cash donations to the fund year-round if you prefer to give your support via that option, at http://go.osu.edu/CESGiveNow.

Mailing Tips

We would first like to thank our donors in advance for committing to this extra step! To assist you with your mailing process, estimated shipping costs can easily be calculated at USPS: https://www.usps.com/nationalpremieraccounts/calculaterates.htm. An option from USPS, especially if your items are on the heavy side, is a flat rate box/envelope: https://store.usps.com/store/results?Ntt=flat+rate&_requestid=900331. Also, items purchased from Amazon, Etsy, and many local Ohio vendors can be arranged to be shipped directly to the winning bidder after the auction.

Next Steps

Your donation details can be submitted via Qualtrics at https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eX3R0vBv6Y6dpGe until November 19, 2021. An online bid sheet via Excel Online will open a week before the December 7-9 Annual Conference on November 30, and close during the last hours of the conference.

Don’t forget to prepare your shopping list so you can participate as a bidder even if you cannot donate this year! These auction items are always unique and thoughtful, and the auction will be held just in time for the holiday season, those winter birthdays, or even planning ahead for Valentine’s Day! 

Thanks so very much for your support! 

The CES Fundraiser Committee 

Terri Fisher, Chair - fisher.456@osu.edu

Chris Comden - comden.1@osu.edu