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WLA Foundation Silent Auction Returns!

"Rise to the Challenge" and help the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation (WLAF) fundraising efforts at the fall conference!

The Silent Auction will be returning to the Annual Conference and WLAF encourages you to consider a donation. Whether a basket, a gift certificate, or stand-alone item, your donation will help WLAF continue to support the Wisconsin Heritage Center, scholarships for aspiring librarians, the WLA Conference Keynote Speaker, the WLA Awards and Honors reception, and resources for the education of, and critical connections with, state legislators.

Start brainstorming now! Contact Melissa Krause ([email protected]) or Rachel Arndt ([email protected]) with any questions or for help with ideas.

Shop the Silent Auction in the Exhibit Hall at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa during the 2022 WLA Conference, November 1 - 4, 2022. 

  • Tuesday, November 1: Opening reception in the Exhibit Hall, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 2:  7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 3:  7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

The auction closes Thursday at 3:30 p.m.  Pick up and pay from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Payment options include cash, check or credit card.
The popular Buy It Now option will be available!

Please consider donating an item to the auction (The silent auction relies on donations from WLA Members and friends!).

  What should I donate?

  • Themed baskets
  • Fine arts, including jewelry, yarn & fabric creations, paintings, pottery
  • Products or services
  • Entertainment, restaurant or hotel packages
  • Collectibles, antiques and memorabilia
  • Gourmet treats, like beer and chocolate
  • Items valued at $50 or higher in value are encouraged

FAQ:  Will my donation be tax-deductible?

  • Yes, donated items are tax-deductible as charitable contributions at their actual value:
    • WLA will mail receipts to all contributors after completion of the auction
    • WLA Foundation owns the items once contributed

FAQ:  How will donors be acknowledged?

  • On the item’s bid sheet and on the receipt provided to the winning bidder
  • On the WLA Website
  • On WLA and WLA Conference social media
  • On the Poster at the Silent Auction
  • (Or you can choose to remain anonymous if you prefer)

Please let us know if you have further questions about donating to / shopping at the Silent Auction. Thank you so much for supporting the WLA Foundation & Wisconsin libraries!

Rachel Arndt and Melissa Krause
2022 WLA Foundation Silent Auction Co-Chairs