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The 61st Annual Auction is around the corner, here’s how you can help

The annual auction organized by The Buddy Fund plays a pivotal role in raising the necessary funds to support our programs throughout the year. And in order to make this impact, The Buddy Fund needs your help and contributions in the form of in-kind donations for the upcoming auction.

Big or small, every donation supports The Buddy Fund’s mission.

Gift Cards to local restaurants, sports memorabilia, tickets to sporting or other events, experiences, and gift baskets are all examples of great items you or your company can donate. For examples from last year’s auction, click here.

If you find yourself unable to donate at this time, you can help us by spreading the word. Share with friends, family, and businesses our mission to help the Buddy Fund equip young, underprivileged athletes with experiences to build character, foster teamwork, and empower young minds, ultimately leading to brighter futures.

The positive impact of your donation extends far beyond the event itself. The funds raised during the auction ensure the continuation and growth of The Buddy Fund’s programs. By contributing, you are empowering young athletes to overcome obstacles, develop essential life skills, and cultivate a love for sports and education

All items donated are accepted and tax-deductible. Please email a filled-out copy of this form: Click Here for In-Kind Donation Form and arrange with them to pick up the item.

Since the auction will be opening online one week before the Golf Classic Tournament, bidders can participate wherever they are.

Co-Chair of this year’s Auction, Joan Rejda-Heath, said, “We’ve worked towards the online auction, which now allows us to reach a broader group of individuals that may be able to participate with us in making that difference. In the first year, we discovered that having everyone accessing the auction simultaneously didn’t work well. So, we extended the auction for the week of the tournament, allowing people to view and bid at their convenience. The app also provides features like setting maximum bid amounts and notifying users if they’ve been outbid. It really facilitates our needs.”

This year’s auction will open on September 8th at 7 am and close on September 15th at 9 pm.

Written by The Buddy Fund Intern: Makayla Archambeault Lafayette High School Class of 2022 University of Central Florida Class of 2026