Silent and live auctions are super important elements associated with almost every major charitable event on the Orange Coast. Organizers can spend up to a year knocking on doors of merchants, vendors and professionals, gathering the goods and services that will be sold to the highest bidder at every party imaginable benefiting your favorite cause. People love auctions and either they get a fabulous buy or they end up overpaying in a frenzy of competition, but either way the expense is justified because the funds go to charity.
Some of the more unique auction items include one-of-a-kind packages that range from private dinners catered in one's own home by a celebrity chef to a helicopter ride into the mouth of a volcano, to a walk-on part on a hit television show, or perhaps even a private meeting with a well-known politician.
I know one woman who bought a luncheon with a politician who was thrown out of office for corruption before she could take advantage of the luncheon.