Guest speaker Adonal Foyle, Former Golden State Warrior and Athlete Advocate.

Doors open at 6:15.

Scroll down to see some of the great items in this years Live auction!!

This years auction is at Crow Canyon Country Club.


Information & Quick Links

Welcome to This Year's Grizzly Madness

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 26-Apr-2016

You are officially coming to the California Athletic Boosters best event of the year!

Welcome and thank you! The Auction Event promises to be exciting and entertaining. Doors open at 6:15, no host bar and hor d'oeuvres will be available upon arrival. The evening's mood will be set with the Hawaiian band, "Pomaika'i".

Our Cocktail auction will feature over 50 items donated and gathered by our hard working Cal High Athletic teams. Some highlighted items include: "Throw Back the Tailgate" featuring a custom made Corn Hole game and bean bags, "Mama Aint Cooking" packed with over $1500 in gift cards. Other items include prime baseball tickets and plenty of Grizzly Gear.

You may also enjoy some free play and tournament play "Texas Hold'em" provided by Blue Dog Entertainment. Be sure to play a round of life sized Beer Pong! All participants will receive a bottle of wine. Jumbo Foosball will be available for free play in the lounge.

The "Grizzlytini Raffle" will be back again this year, $16 gets you an Apple Martini and an entry into our raffle for Stella and Dot merchandise. You may pre order your Grizzlytini now by clicking the button below and we will have it waiting for you upon arrival.

Purchase a "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" deal or no deal Cracker Jack box for your chance to win a prime week (7/1/16 - 7/8/16) at the Ridge Tahoe. The Ridge is great family resort retreat located at the top of Kingsbury Grade, in beautiful South Lake Tahoe. Boxes are limited you may get a jump on the competition and purchase your box today for just $40.

If you haven't seen the full live auction line up, feel free to do so (scroll down) . This year's highlights include trips to New Orleans, Washington DC, Kentucky for Bourbon tasting, a Napa Valley balloon experience, two different SF 49ers fan packages, Monterey Del Monte Golf excursion. Are you getting excited yet?!?!

Our special guest speaker is Adonal Foyle, Former Golden State Warrior and Athlete Advocate. Adonal Foyle’s has made big strides throughout his career in the NBA, pursuing education, community service, philanthropy, business and broadcasting. Find out more at

A full sit down dinner is included with your price of admission. This year's menu features a duet plate with Lemon Chicken and Beef Medallions. If you would like a vegetarian meal please Click Here.For those of you that are eager beavers, you may check your table assignments and bidder numbers by clicking the link below.Please Note: All are subject to change.

A Chance to Win Fourth of July Week At The Ridge S. Lake Tahoe

Written by Athletics on 26-Apr-2016

This year's Deal or No Deal game will have one chance to win a week at:

  •  The Ridge in South Lake Tahoe 
  • The week of 7/1/16 - 7/8/16 

Do not miss your opportunity to win, just $40 cases are limited.

You must attend Grizzly Madness to participate   Pre Order A Chance to Stay at The Ridge Tahoe "Deal or No Deal"

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.
The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

Monterey Golfing Experience Sneak Peak

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 26-Apr-2016

Monterey Golfing Experience

Round of Golf on Del Monte Golf Course (Pebble Beach, CA), Golf Cart Rental, Hyatt Regency Monterey 3-Night Stay for 2

This Experience Includes:

  • One round of golf for 2 including golf cart on the Del Monte Golf Course, Pebble Beach
  • 3-night stay in a standard guest room at Hyatt Regency Monterey 
  • Aquarium Tickets

Del Monte™ Golf Course

Enjoy one round of golf for two including golf cart on the Del Monte golf course. Opened in 1897, the par-72 course is the oldest in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. Designed by golf and polo enthusiast Charles Maud, this inland course boasts a meandering layout that has challenged golfers for more than a century. It was the original host of the California State Amateur and continues to serve as one of three courses on which the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational is played. Reservations may be made a maximum of 60 days in advance. Some blackout dates apply.

Hyatt Regency Monterey 

Enjoy a 3-night stay in a standard guest room at this 4-star resort located two miles east of the beach adjacent to the Del Monte golf course. Enjoy a wide array of dining choices including their famous sports bar and weekend live Summer Jazz Series. Recreational facilities include two pools, whirlpools, six tennis courts that charge fees, and a health center with exercise bikes and tanning beds. The resort underwent a $50 million transformation in 2008.


Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. All purchases are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Suggested retail value is calculated using rack room rates. Ground transportation is not included.


Teva White Water Adventure

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 26-Apr-2016

A Day to remember Rafting down the South Fork American River Gorge Run from Whitewater Excitement rafting company, with some goodies and brand new footwear from Teva

Package Includes

  • ANY 2 sandals, shoes or boots from
  • Whitewater excitement certificate for 6
  • South Fork American River Gorge Run (Day Trip)
  • Lunch Provided
  • OPI nail polish
  • Teva baseball hat, tote bag, and water bottles
The South Fork American river – Gorge Run is their most popular Day trip offered. This trip meets at 10:00 AM at  Whitewater Excitement basecamp and meeting area in Coloma, CA.  Then you board our bus for a very short ride up to the launching area where your guides will meet you and help you with your river rafting equipment.
After a river safety talk and orientation, time to begin your rafting adventure on the South Fork American river. The Gorge Run, begins with some bouncy whitewater and even a out of boat experience through “Swimmer’s Rapid” a fun, small wave train that leads to a huge pond to recover in. A fun way to cool off in the hot summer.
Then a break for lunch at their camp area, where your guides will prepare our riverside buffet lunch for you to enjoy. Bathrooms are available for you during the break. The stop is for about 45 minutes and then its back into the rafts for the exciting part of the day: The GORGE!
The river builds slowly and you then enter the “Gorge”, where the rapids come almost in non stop fashion for 6 miles. There are break in between the big ones for us to relax and catch our breath before plunging into the next one.

At the end of the day, their busses will be waiting for you with cold drinks and snacks for the 30 min bus ride back to the meeting area.

A Week of Foodies Fun in New Orleans Sneak Peak

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 18-Mar-2016

A full week (7 days and nights) of fun in New Orleans at The Quarter House Resort. The Quarter House is an elegant five-star suite resort located in the heart of the historic French Quarter of New Orleans on Rue Chartres, a short walk from most local attractions and many world-renowned restaurants.

The week that is up for auction is Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2016 (Voodoo Festival and Halloween). However, if the winner would like to choose another week for their stay, the owner can help them arrange that. Resort stays begin and end on Friday. Included in this auction is a Deluxe 1 bedroom suite that sleeps 6. It has 1 private bedroom with a king-sized bed and 2 queen-sized sleeper sofas in the living room. The nightly rate for this suite is $300-420 per night.

Each suite has its own completely furnished kitchen, dishes, linens, private Jacuzzi bath or walk-in shower with European shower heads, color television, DVD players, and everything you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Hi-speed wireless internet connections are available in all rooms.

Guests also enjoy private telephone service, a courtyard swimming pool, the gym known as Club Q, daily maid service, laundry facilities, and concierge services.

Included with your stay:
 The Quarter House celebrates Mardi Gras every Tuesday from 5PM-6PM at their ’Fat Tuesday’ party with complimentary Wine, New Orleans Cuisine, and Hors d’oeuvres while listening to live local musicians.
 French Quarter walking tours open to all guests every Sunday morning at 10AM with a knowledgeable local tour guide.
 Complimentary continental breakfast on Sunday mornings served in the lush tropical courtyard with live music.

Livermore Valley Wine Getaway Sneak Peak Auction Item

Written by Academic Boosters on 18-Mar-2016

Livermore Experiences-

  • Tasting Experience Certificate for 4 people at Darcie Kent Vineyards ($60 value) - Tasting Experience Certificate for 6 people at McGrail Vineyards and Winery including complimentary Barrel Tasting and 15% discount on all wine purchases
  • Tasting Experience Certificate for 8 people at Page Mill Winery
  • Tasting Experience Certificate for 8 people at 3 Steves Winery
  • 4 Two-for-one Tasting Certificates at Big White House Winery
  • Wine & Cheese Picnic Backpack
  • Cordless Electric Wine Opener with Chiller
  • Vinturi Red Wine Aerator
  • 2 Stemless wine glasses, 6 wine coasters, and a box of Wine Lover's Chocolate

Private Historian’s Tour of the U.S. Capitol Sneak Peak

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 18-Mar-2016

Private Tour of the U.S. Capitol with Noted Historian, Fairmont Washington D.C. 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 4

This Experience Includes:

  • 3-hour private guided tour for 4 of The Capitol and surrounding buildings
  • 3-night stay in one standard Fairmont room at the Fairmont Washington DC
  • Daily breakfast for 2
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 4 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to Washington, DC

Private Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building “The Most Famous Building in the World”

You and three guests will tour The Capitol with the Chief Guide of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and dine at a famous Capitol Hill restaurant.

Included on your 3-hour tour on Capitol Hill:

  • Visit the Houses of Congress.
  • View famous historic spots: the Rotunda, Statuary Hall, the Old Senate and Old Supreme Court Chambers, and the Crypt.
  • See famous artwork throughout the building.
  • Discuss history with a knowledgeable and engaging historian.
  • Visit your Congressman’s and Senators’ Capitol Hill offices.
  • Explore the new half-billion-dollar Capitol Visitor Center.
  • Visit the fabulous Library of Congress, as seen in the movie “National Treasure”.
  • Dine among insiders at a famous Capitol Hill restaurant (cost of the meal is not included).

Beyond the public’s standard tour, your unique experience will be guided by historian Steve Livengood. He has spent more than 40 years studying and observing the Congress and its activities, the Presidents who have come and gone, and the workings of the most successful democratic society in human history. Note: If Mr. Livengood is not available on the day of your tour, your guide will be a former Member of Congress, retired official of the House of Representatives, or other experienced Capitol Hill veteran.

There is so much to see and do in Washington, DC, that you can’t see it all in just one day. Here are some additional suggestions of free and interesting things to do in the area:

Tour the other Houses of Government: the White House & the U.S. Supreme Court

Explore the Smithsonian Institution & Museums

Tour the National Mall, Monuments & Memorials

Take a walk through Georgetown

Explore Mount Vernon


Fairmont Washington, DC (Georgetown)

Enjoy a 3-night stay in one standard Fairmont room including daily breakfast for two at this AAA 4-Diamond property located in Washington’s fashionable West End and adjacent to historic Georgetown. The Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown is considered one of the premier luxury hotels in Washington, offering unsurpassed service and amenities for discerning travelers. At 17,000 square feet, the mezzanine-level health club is one of the city's largest and most comprehensive, featuring a 45-foot lap pool and squash and racquetball courts, as well as a whirlpool, sauna, aerobics rooms, exercise bikes, treadmills and fitness stations with headphones and TVs.


This package includes round-trip coach class service for four from any major metropolitan airport in the 48 contiguous United States to Washington, DC, subject to availability.

Airfare must be booked within one year from the date of purchase. Airfare taxes and a $25 per person processing fee are the responsibility of the purchaser. Blackout dates: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s weeks.

Business and First Class upgrades are available at the time of booking for an additional fee. Use of frequent flyer miles for upgrades is dependent on specific ticket restrictions as determined by the airline’s frequent flyer program

Summer Block Party Sneak Peak Auction Item

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 18-Mar-2016

Everything you need for the ultimate summer block party. Be the talk of the neighborhood with good food, awesome music and a keg o’beer. What more could you want? How ’bout a party cooler filled with bottles of wine & goodies? Hot summer nights are just around the corner! Donated by Penguin Productions and Families of the Men's Volleyball team. (Value $1100)

  • 3 hours of dance music by Penguin Productions (Our Grizzly Madness DJ) will host a private party at any venue speakers & lighting included. ($800 Value)
  • Keg of Beer/Or Anything You Want! (Bev Mo, $100)
  • 4 Bottles of Wine
  • Party Bucket w/ goodies (Snacks)
  • $100 Gift Card to Smart & Final

Summer in Lake Tahoe Sneak Peak Auction Item

Written by Academic Boosters on 18-Mar-2016

Enjoy a blissful 5 day, 4 night stay at a vacation home in South Lake Tahoe. This home is over 2,600 square feet has four bedrooms and three full baths, sleeps 16, and is available on a non-holiday weeks between May and October in either 2016 or 2017. Cleaning at the end of your stay is included. Located just minutes from the state-line casinos, Pope Beach, Camp Richardson Marina & Stables.

  • Any Week Between May and October
  • 4 bedroom home that sleeps up to 16 in South Lake Tahoe
  • Located just minutes from the Stateline Casinos, Pope Beach, and Camp Richardson
  • Package includes $115 in groceries and coffee,2 beach towels, sunscreen, and a Chevron gas card!

49er Faithful Getaway Sneak Peak

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 15-Mar-2016

Once in a lifetime away game fan experience. You and a friend get to stay in the team hotel, ride to the game on the team bus and have pre-game field passes. Making a trip to remember

Experience includes:

  • 2 tickets to any 49ers away game
  • hotel room for 2 nights at the 49ers Hotel
  • Bus ride to the game with the 49ers
  • pre-game field passes.
  • (Airfare not included)

Giants Sunday Night Out

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 10-Mar-2016

Sunday night baseball. Two tickets to see the Giants take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (Sunday, July 10th at 5:05PM).

Excellent seats in section PLB 126 row 20 (Third Base Line), a bottle of Mumm Napa Giants Champagne with glasses, two Giants hats, and it is also Hello Kitty Night!

Sip & Soar Through Napa Sneak Peak Auction Item

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 01-Mar-2016

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Private Winery Tours & Tastings, Chauffeur, Meritage Resort and Spa 3-Night Stay  for 2

This Experience Includes:

  • Hot Air Balloon ride for 2 over Napa Valley, including Champagne breakfast
  • Private tour and wine tasting for 2 at Fontanella Family Winery in Napa
  • Private wine tasting for 2 at Jessup Cellars in Yountville, Napa Valley
  • 6 consecutive hours of chauffeured luxury sedan service
  • 3-night stay in a standard guest room at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley

Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Ride (Napa)

Napa Valley Balloons, based in Yountville in the middle of Napa Valley, has provided hot air balloon rides for over 29 years. They have safely flown tens of thousands of passengers over this beautiful valley. Their unrivaled quality and customer satisfaction has earned them the reputation as Napa Valley’s best choice for hot air ballooning.

Your adventure begins at the crack of dawn when the winds are gentle and the light from the rising sun makes the valley shine like a jewel. The breeze will usher you above corridors of grapes and between the mountains of one of the most magnificent valleys on Earth. The gondola is a sculpture of wicker and leather, and the iridescent colors of the balloon punctuate the horizon like an exclamation point!

You and your guest will be welcomed at their pre-dawn check-in with a continental breakfast of coffee, pastries, fruit, juice and a pilot orientation. After the flight, you will enjoy Napa Valley's finest sparkling wines at a delicious Champagne breakfast. The experience will last an hour but the memories will last a lifetime!

Balloon ride may be scheduled year-round, however optimal season is May through November. In the event of inclement weather on your scheduled flight date, your flight can be rescheduled for the next available date.

Fontanella Family Winery (Napa) 

Enjoy a private tour and wine tasting for two at this micro-boutique winery located in the highly acclaimed Mt. Veeder Appellation of Napa Valley. Join the owners in the cellar for a special “thiefing” from barrels of their future releases and learn about the nuances of what makes Mt. Veeder such a special appellation.

Winemaker Jeff Fontanella has crafted wines that have received several 90+ point ratings from Robert Parker, the Wine Spectator, and the Wine Enthusiast. The winery produces ultra-premium wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.


Jessup Cellars (Napa)

Enjoy a private VIP tasting for two at their quaint Napa Valley tasting room and art gallery, just up the street from the famed The French Laundry in the village of Yountville. Relax and taste fine wine and cheese in the spacious gallery amongst curated art, which features rotating exhibitions by celebrated regional and national artists. For this special experience, Jessup will also dig deep in their cellar so you can taste some of their rarest library wines!

Over the past two decades, Jessup Cellars has earned a loyal following for its handcrafted wines of distinction and a word-of-mouth reputation for hosting one of the friendliest tasting experiences in all of wine country. If you’re a seasoned wine lover or just learning what wine is all about, you will feel comfortable and welcome at Jessup Cellars.

Beau Wine Tours  

You will receive six consecutive hours of chauffeured luxury sedan service, inclusive of all service fees, PUC insurance, fuel and driver’s base gratuity. Located in the heart of Wine Country, Beau is the premier wine tour service in Napa and Sonoma Counties. Beau’s drivers are experts on the wine country area and can make winery recommendations based on your particular taste and interest.


The Meritage Resort and Spa (Napa) 

Enjoy a 3-night stay in a standard guest roomincluding daily continental breakfast for two. Lavish guestrooms include features such as plush beds, marble baths, and plasma TVs.Located at the southern tip of Napa Valley in the Carneros region near where Napa and Sonoma meet, the Meritage Resort and Spa is situated on an eleven-acre private vineyard and offers an experience like no other for wine enthusiasts. The resort opened an immense 20,000 sq.ft. cave in Spring 2007, carved in the hillside under Napa’s famous Grape Crusher statue. The Estate Wine Cave features wine country’s only underground full service Spa Terra, the Trinitas Tasting Room, and the Entertainment Cave available for private dinners and weddings; all built underground with artisan stone, tile, and woodwork. The Meritage Bar features regional wine selections and signature cocktails in a setting of rich, polished wood and romantic lighting.  

Daily resort fee is included in this package. Resort fee currently includes one bottle of wine (per stay), bottled water, local calls, business center and fitness center, wireless internet, self-parking, shuttle to golf courses and evening shuttle to downtown Napa.



Kentucky Bourbon Trail Sneak Peak Auction Item

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 29-Feb-2016

Distillery Tours and Tastings at Stitzel-Weller, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Lunch, Private Chauffeur, Hyatt Louisville 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2 

This Experience Includes:

  • Stitzel-Weller Distillery Private Tour and Tasting of Bulleit Bourbon for 2
  • Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour and Tasting for 2
  • Lunch for 2
  • Jim Beam Distillery Tour and Tasting for 2
  • 8-hour chauffeured Escalade private service for 2
  • 3-night stay in a standard guest room at the Hyatt Regency Louisville
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to Louisville, KY

Welcome to the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail! Here’s your passport to the world’s greatest Bourbon -– legendary distilleries just waiting to share their historic craft, timeless secrets and proud traditions of Kentucky’s signature spirit.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experience

During your 8-hour excursion you will enjoy a sampling of iconic distillery tours and tastings on what’s known as the “South Route” of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Your personal driver will share interesting history as you sit back and enjoy the ride…soaking in the beautiful scenery along the way.

Stitzel-Weller Private Tour & Tasting - Your tour starts when your private driver arrives at the hotel with an Escalade to take your party of two in style to your first stop. Originally opened on Derby Day in 1935, Stitzel-Weller’s fame comes from being the birthplace of Pappy Van Winkle, the most sought after bourbon in the world. The Stitzel-Weller Distillery is now home to Bulleit Bourbon, a Diageo brand of KY Straight Bourbon Whiskey that is characterized by its high rye content and aged for at least six years. This historic distiller sits just a few miles from Louisville’s thriving downtown scene.

Maker's Mark Tour & Tasting - Maker's Mark has arguably the most beautiful distillery grounds in Kentucky, nestled along Whisky Creek. The tour explores the distillery and warehouses and ends in a well-appointed tasting room. Sample Maker's Mark, Maker's Mark 46 (a Super-Premium Bourbon), and a sample of the new-make white whiskey before it enters the barrel. Each of you will receive a bottle of Maker’s Mark to hand-dip in their iconic red wax. Maker’s Mark has one of the most recognizable package designs in the liquor industry. If you place two bottles side by side, you will notice that the wax seal is never the same. That’s because each bottle is hand dipped by distillery staff to create the trademark tendrils of wax that drip down the sides. Bring your bottle home to show your friends!

Lunch - Enjoy lunch at Toll Gate Café at Maker’s Mark Distillery, featuring bourbon inspired dishes.

Jim Beam Tour & Tasting - Jim Beam is one of the largest distilleries in the world and the #1 bourbon in the world. They claim if they stopped production today they have enough bourbon aging in their warehouses to meet demand for the next twenty years. Brands include Jim Beam Straight Bourbon, Booker's, Baker's, Basil Hayden, Knob Creek, Devil's Cut, Old Tub, Red Stag, Jim Beam Honey and Knob Creek Smoked Maple. Enjoy a tour of the distillery, warehouse, bottling line, and a small museum of commemorative decanters. The tasting room is the envy of other distilleries and features pneumatic tasting machines with over 18 products to choose from. Enjoy your ride back to the hotel after a full day on The Bourbon Trail.

Should you prefer to customize your day’s itinerary, the driver and vehicle are at your disposal for eight consecutive hours. Driver’s gratuity included. You must be 21 to participate in the tastings but guests of all ages are welcome on the tours.

Blackouts: Derby Week and Bourbon Festival

Hyatt Regency Louisville

Enjoy a 3-night stay in a standard guest room and the hotel’s complimentary 24-hour gym, indoor pool, hydro-spa and outdoor tennis court on the fourth floor. Louisville’s rich Bourbon culture is pervasive not only in its deep Bourbon history and recent influx of downtown distilleries, but also in its restaurants, bars, attraction, and even its music. Louisville is the perfect place to start or end your Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, making it an Official Gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.


This package includes round-trip coach class service for two from any major metropolitan airport in the 48 contiguous United States to Louisville, KY, subject to availability.

Airfare must be booked within one year from the date of purchase. Airfare taxes and a $25 per person processing fee are the responsibility of the purchaser. Blackout dates: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s weeks.

Business and First Class upgrades are available at the time of booking for an additional fee. Use of frequent flyer miles for upgrades is dependent on specific ticket restrictions as determined by the airline’s frequent flyer program.


Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. All purchases are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Suggested retail value is calculated using tariff air rates and rack room rates. Ground transportation is not included unless where specified.

Think About Getting A Big Ticket Item Sponsored

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 04-Feb-2016


If you want your event to stand out and generate excitement, securing several big-ticket items like travel packages, concerts and behind-the-scenes tours is a great option.

Research shows people prefer spending their money on experiencesrather than things, and these highly popular auction items can serve as the centerpiece of your marketing and promotion strategies.

However, while experiences typically generate high bidding interest, they can be difficult to get donated and time-consuming to coordinate.

One no-risk option: using a trip or experience from a consignment travel provider like Winspire. You only purchase the trip if the winning bid exceeds the minimum (profitable) bid you set, and all the booking details are taken care of by professionals—making the trip a better experience for everyone involved. An added bonus: Unlike donated items, consignment travel packages can be sold multiple times, exponentially and easily increasing your revenue.

To maximize the benefits of these standout items, consider asking vendors and individuals to underwrite the cost. If you can get a sponsor to cover the cost of a weekend getaway or red-hot concert tickets, the organization pockets 100% of the winning bid. Plus, you can make the donor feel extra-appreciated by recognizing them in a live auction or displaying their name prominently on the silent auction bid sheet for their underwritten item.

Procuring the right auction items adds value and credibility to your event, raises more money and helps your organzation stand out in the crowded fundraising space. We hope this post provides some guidance for what can be a time-consuming, detail-oriented process.

And today we've only scratched the surface. For a step-by-step guide to item procurement with loads more tips, templates for donation requests and more, click below to download our eBook, An Introduction to Procuring Quality Charity Auction Items.

In the upcoming weeks, we look forward to further exploring auction best practices. We’ll provide practical tips for promoting your event beforehand, resources to use during an auction, and ways to follow up with your event attendees.

Until then, we wish your auction committee success!

When Thinking of Your Team Auction Item . . .

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 05-Jan-2016

There are numerous strategies for connecting with potential donors and inspiring them to help your Nonprofit. One resource that organizations often overlook is that of donor travel budgets.

Vacation travel is a massive global industry. According to a study by the U.S. Travel Association, $597 billion was spent on leisure travel in 2012[1].

Furthermore, more than half of all Americans (53%) set money aside each year for leisure travel, and that number jumps significantly to 73% for affluent adults similar to those who attend event fundraisers like yours[2]. In fact, we did a survey of over 1,000 winning bidders and found some statistics that startled us!

  • More than 68% of donors take 3-6 leisure trips each year
  • Over 82% budget at least $5,000 each year for vacation travel
  • More than HALF (52%) of donors budget over $10,000 each year for their vacations!
Source: Winspire blog

A Word About Fundraiser Baskets

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 18-Nov-2015

First, your team does not have to provide a standard basket for auction. The more unique the offer, the more money it will raise for your  team. For example, you could host a Wine Bus Buy-in. In this example someone from the team could get a wine bus donation or you could purchase a tour, (just make sure you raise enough money to cover the cost and then some for the team donation). Then, at auction the bid sheet would look more like a sign up. The first 20 people at $100, etc.

Another great money generating item may be a poker party. In this example a host family is needed, a coach or a personality to draw from is also needed. The Buy-in could look like this, first 10 signups at $300 gets to play. That is an easy $3000 for team. Remember to have prizes for the winners.

Other interesting Buy-ins could be a block of seats at an Earthquakes game, a mystery party, a clambake on the beach, a houseboat party for 12, a tailgate party. As ideas pop into your head, remember buy-ins take more planning and team parent cooperation and sometimes cost.

Also, CAB or the school doesn't insure your party or event, please take that into consideration too.

When making your baskets think about what has sold well in the past, click here to download past team results. Think about your audience, mostly couples in their 40's and 50's with children.  Have a them in mind.  Check out the following basket themes for example;

  • Sports  (stick to one sport per basket)
  • Cal High apparel
  • Margarita, Mojito, Bourbon, Sidecar, etc. specific alcohol themed
  • Dinner Party items
  • Grilling or BBQ items
  • Ethnic cooking themed
  • Tailgating 
  • Teen Themed Gift Cards
  • Game Night
  • Date Night
  • Adventures (snowboarding, waterskiing, ect.)
  • Reading basket with maybe some books signed by the  author     

Think Value, if you donate a gift card basket it probably will not sell for the full retail value of the gift cards. Whereas a snowboarding weekend package basket may go for more than the retail value. For a 100 more theme ideas check out this list.

Whichever your team picks please fill out the item donation form as soon as possible in order to avoid repeated themed baskets. The button is on the upper right of the home page. Try not to procrastinate, late spring comes sooner than you think.  The Grizzly Madness committee does have the right to refuse auction items.

Please have fun with this, if you are stressed out or you are having a hard time coordinating with the other parents just reach out to us, we are here to help!  

Team Parents Please Read

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 30-Sep-2015

To earn your Sport’s end of year CAB bonus, your sport needs to participate in Grizzly Madness with at least 3 auction items and have completed your CAB event volunteer hours. An example of a “sport” is ALL of Women’s Basketball: Frosh, JV and Varsity together

Each sport may have a maximum of 4 auction items at the gala event on March 12, and an unlimited number of items in the Online Auction, which is March 14-25.

We use Charity Benefit Auctions (CBAa professional auctioneering and event service which has doubled & tripled results from other high school and non-profit events, and has grown Grizzly Madness earnings over the past three years.

90% of revenue raised goes to the participating team; 10% goes to cover costs

We recommend that you focus on high-value basket/auction items; group your donations so that each basket / auction item is valued at $100 or more

At our(CAB) discretion, one of your items may be placed in our live auction or used as an auction game to maximize revenue. If you know that you will have a large-value item suitable for these opportunities, let us know as early as possible.

If you have extra items that were donated to you that you don’t want to auction, CAB welcomes the donation to our raffle, or other event games (Balloon Pop, Wine Pull, etc.)

4 Unique Ideas for Brainstorming Exceptional Auction Items

Written by Athletics Boosters (CAB) on 24-Sep-2015

Thinking Outside the BoxWhen it comes to auction item procurement, the goal is to acquire items that cost little to nothing upfront but are still distinctive enough to attract high bidding. It’s easy to get stuck in the auction rut of gift certificates, jewelry and themed baskets which can make your auction feel cluttered and won’t garner high fundraising numbers.

It’s time to think outside the benefit auction box. Rather than seeking material items - or “stuff” - for your auction, focus on offering experiences for your donors to bid on. Experiences appeal to a much wider audience and cut down on the kind of donor fatigue that results from the same old items appearing on your auction table.

While the big money is going to come from auctioning off once-in-a-lifetime travel Experiences like those we offer here at Winspire, it's easy to put together a few local experiences that might raise a few extra hundred bucks at your event. These types of auction items can also create the kind of "buzz" in your community that generates more interest in your cause.

Consider these four ideas for coming up with unique local experiences that are sure to inspire high interest levels and fierce bidding:

1. Connect to the Community

Reach out to your community leaders and seek experiences. Solicit the local firehouse to offer a ride-along for one lucky kid – winner’s choice - to get picked up from school for a special ride home in their big red engine or ladder truck.

See if the Chief of Police will take on an “assistant” for the evening to observe the day in the life of a local police officer. Auction the opportunity to cut the ribbon at the opening of a new park or name a new city street; and who wouldn’t bid on the chance to soak the mayor in a dunk tank?


2. Feature the Family

Parents of young children will pay top dollar for well-planned family-themed experiences that are focused on their kids. These types experiences are cheap and may only require a few volunteer hours, such as a home visit from Santa complete with story time, cookies and a collective analysis of the household Christmas List.

For active or sports-oriented groups, consider auctioning a dodge ball or capture the flag tournament for a large group kids – including the location, equipment, refs/parent organizers, pizza and prizes. If you know of a parade coming up in your area, auction off the opportunity for a family to be grand marshals and lead the procession.

3. Unusual Items

Exclusive access to things people normally wouldn’t have get plenty of bidding interest. One example is auctioning front-row parking for a year at a popular event venue or school, or see if the city will offer a year of free downtown parking. For colleges and high schools, why not auction front-row seats at an upcoming graduation, sports event or concert? Consider reaching out to your local news network to see they'll offer an experience to hang out on the set, view a live newscast and go to lunch with a news anchor.

4. Behind-the-scenes Experiences

At Winspire we love VIP tours and have our own list of incredible Experiences that take you behind the scenes at venues across the U.S. and the world. It can a great way for local businesses to earn some positive PR and get their name out in the community. Wine tours are enormously popular so if you have any boutique wineries in your area, see if they will offer a group grape stomp, followed by appetizers and wine tasting. If you have a popular restaurant in your town – whether it’s high class dining or the best BBQ in the state – offer to pay for food if the head chef will donate his or her time to cook a private dinner party for 8 at their home. Museums are also a great resource for VIP Tours or overnight sleepovers for kids.


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