• Marcia Green

Autumn Brunch With Auction

Updated: Jun 7

Novi Oaks' 16th Annual Autumn Brunch With Auction - October 2, 2021

The Novi Oaks 16th Annual Autumn Brunch With Auction, was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021. The doors opened at 10:00 a.m. with the bidding beginning and Mimosas flowing! A lovely brunch was served, and everyone had a fun morning of bidding on many, many gift-worthy items and gift certificates. Our auctioneer, John Hruska, kept us going on the Live Auction. We loved the Burton Manor location and brunch, and the staff was great!

Novi Oaks raised just over $11,600 for scholarships and member education with this event. The auction has grown since the first event held in 2005, where we offered 26 baskets for auction. Novi Oaks now offers from 200 to 300 items each year, and we have raised over $10,000 per year since 2013.

In spite of the pandemic, we were able to succeed with the continued generosity and support of area business people, our members, family, co-workers, and friends. Thank you to everyone who helped us - including our many guests.

We raised just over $11,600 for scholarships and education!

In 2021, as always, our members and guest hostesses created fantastic table decorations, which added to the fun for this morning event (see pictures below). Each table is hosted by a friend or member in a theme of her choice. Seeing the decorations is half the fun! (Pictures from the 2019 auction can be seen in the September 2019 newsletter, which can be downloaded from the Home page or the Scholarships and Education page.)

With the silent and live auctions, there were plenty of great decorations, gift certificates and gift cards, toys, jewelry pieces, household items, art, and accessories. And the food and wine selection was exceptional!

At our auctions, we always accept credit cards - which helps in our guests' shopping efforts. Our happy shoppers definitely found some great deals! Everyone was helping us help women - one woman at a time.

Proceeds are used to fund the $1,000 Bettie Archer Johnson Scholarship at Madonna University and to fund scholarships and grants through the ABWA Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). In 2020, 2021, and now 2022, we have awarded and will award two $2,000 scholarships through the SBMEF.

We are already planning our 2022 auction - location and date to be determined. We look forward to the next event, and we hope you will join us. Business sponsors of this event are always appreciated! Our best to you in the coming year!

Our members and table hostesses at the 2021 auction - just having fun!

The creativity comes out when the tables get decorated!

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