The Un-Gala online auction has begun! This year, we decided to try a new kind of fundraiser. We could have asked people to buy ticket to a gala. You could have gotten an invitation and thought, “Am I free that night? What would I wear? Can we get a babysitter?” Instead, you get a little over a week to peruse auction items and the chance to support a good cause from your computer or mobile device.

The auction will raise money for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program and the Harmony House Supervised Visitation and Exchange program. We believe every child deserves to live in a safe and permanent home and our CASA volunteers are dedicated to making sure the child’s best interests are heard in Court. In 2013, 73 advocates provided a voice for 233 children. They spent over 5,000 hours getting to know the child and gathering information from family members, teachers, medical professionals, and therapists so that they understand the child’s situation.

We provide a safe place in the community through our Harmony House program. The Fort Collins and Loveland Harmony Houses are neutral locations where children can safely interact with their non-custodial family members. Last year, the Harmony Houses provided 3,109 visitations and exchanges, allowing 336 children and their families to safely interact in a home-like environment. Our 19 interns helped provide services for the families at the Harmony Houses and 136 community volunteers did projects at the houses to maintain them and keep them available to the community. Our success is thanks to our generous supporters.

We have currently raised over $6,000 for our programs and we still have 6 more days left. Our items are varied and may even surprise you. For instance, you may not know that we have the following items:

  • Books signed by Erik Weihenmeyer, the adventurer featured in  new Nature Valley Commercial
  • A trail run led by Elite Ultra-Runner Nick Clark, co-founder of Gnar Runners
  • A custom digital comic book by Sid Jacobson, creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost and other iconic characters
  • Two (2) tickets to the Warner Brothers VIP studio tour in Burbank, CA
  • Autographed movie posters from the film Catching Fire

Pretty unique, right? There’s more where that came from at www.BiddingforGood.com/UnGala2014.