Flurry of Virtual Fun a success
Despite the coronavirus forcing the St. Edward School's annual Flurry of Fun to go virtual this year with its silent and live auctions, organizers deemed it a success.
"We were able to raise the same amount of money we have had in the past years doing an in-person event, making the event a big success through our online giving site Give Smart," said Nikki Traen, one of the event coordinators. "Virtual/online auction was a new process this year, but one of the only options at this time since we were not able to do the in-person event because we did not want to risk the health and safety of our community."
In past years, Flurry of Fun included other activities, food, music and more. This year, it was modified to just the auctions. The silent auction, which included many donated items, was held all last week, March 15-20. The live auction was on Saturday. A total of 93 individuals registered with the Give Smart online site.
"We heard a lot of individuals state that it was nice to see the auction online and have time to bid on them throughout the week," Traen said. "With the online system, when an individual was outbid, they would get a notification that you have been outbid and it would give you the link to go in and bid again."
Organizers of the event mentioned that many of the auction participants found the virtual option favorable despite bids being anonymous.
"We were surprised of how well it went as we were not sure how much participation we would have since it was all online through technology," Traen said. "We had many individuals from out of state make donations and bids that may have not been able to attend the event in the past, which was a good perk of doing the online bidding. Another perk was if you had another commitment you could still continue to bid from your phone and not worrying about missing out."
While those bidding on the silent auction could outbid each other during the week. The "live" auction items were only available for two hours on Saturday.
"The items on the live auction would have been the same items that would have been auctioned off by an auctioneer if we were to have the real event," Traen explained. "This was probably one of the more confusing things to inform guests about. We were able to post some live videos on the Give Smart site to highlight the items that were being auctioned off."
Even though the virtual Flurry of Fun worked out well, organizers are looking forward to holding the event as it used to be.
"We are hoping to be in person next year, but have thought we could do a hybrid method, of online bidding for the silent auction and hope to get the live auctioneer back for the Flurry Event," Traen said.
The support of the community during a trying time was much appreciated and the money raised goes to the school.
"We just want to thank the community for the generous support again to make this event successful," Traen said. "The funds will be used to empower our youth’s faith in the St. Edward’s school and religious education program."