Holiday Auction

How to Donate | How to Bid

As we countdown to the end of 2021, we look forward to the holiday season and the ability to “pivot” one more time into a year with less COVID and more togetherness. ESSAE will be raising funds through an online bidding site. A portion of the silent auction proceeds will benefit the Hive of Hope Recovery Center. Hive of Hope Recovery Center is a safe haven for those recovering from substance use disorder. Through fellowship, recreation, exercise, nutrition, service, and community, those in recovery gain fulfillment and help one another overcome addiction.

How to Donate

What can you donate? It's about the experience! Experiential items create memories and journeys for attendees. Memorable and unique auction items might include: weekend getaways and airline tickets, spa days, brewery tours, area attractions, museum and city tours, hot air balloon rides, theme park tickets, golf or ski outings, concert tickets and backstage passes, complimentary dining experiences, sporting events, and so much more! Click here to donate!

This is your chance to be creative! The holiday auction affords you the perfect opportunity to showcase your brand, services, venue, and destination! We hope you will consider taking part in this special holiday experience that helps us support our association professionals.

On behalf of ESSAEs Board and Committee Leadership, we are continually grateful for your loyalty and trust in this organization. 


Through your generosity, ESSAE has been able to make a huge impact on the local community throughout the years, bringing ESSAE’s total donated dollars, since 1993 to over $180,000. 


How to Bid! 

We will once again be using Bidding Owl for this year's Silent Auction. Holiday Celebration participants will be able to see, bid, but not touch, the auction items on display at this year's event. All bidding will be done via your SmartPhone! Once the auction concludes, winning bidders will be able to pick up their prize at the event. Bidding will also be open to anyone who is not in attendance! 

Here's what you need to know to get started! 

Auction Site:

The Silent Auction will begin on December 16 at 12:00 PM and end on December 16 at 7:30 PM

Through this easy-to-use and secure interface, you will be able to bid on Silent Auction items donated by our generous partners!

If you have participated in Online Auctions through Bidding Owl before, you don't need to do anything except bid on items! If you have not participated before you will need to register as a bidder.

This will enable you to actively bid on items. For helpful tips and information to manage your bids, please check here


  • Bidding will end at 7:30 PM on Thursday, December 16.
  • Please bid based on the minimum increments as posted for each item.
  • Winners will be notified during the Holiday Celebration and via email through the Bidding Owl site.
  • Attendees should NOT remove any items from the tables until payment has been made.

For Live Event Attendees:

  • If you are the winning bidder and in attendance at the Holiday Celebration, once payment is made onsite, items can be picked up at the end of the Holiday Celebration.
  • ESSAE volunteers will assist with the collection of items.
  • After payment has been collected, bidders can proceed to the auction tables with an ESSAE volunteer who will assist winning bidders to collect their prizes.

For Virtual Bidders:

  • If you are the winning bidder and are NOT in attendance at the Holiday Celebration, arrangements can be made to mail your item (shipping fee may apply) or pick it up at the ESSAE office (arrangements must be made in advance).
  • Items will not be shipped or available for pick up until payment has been made.

Items not paid for by Thursday, December 30 will be awarded to the next highest bidder. Thank you for supporting ESSAE!

Any questions can be directed to [email protected].