In 1999, Pat Drewry Sanger founded Arts-Kids, after-school development workshops that use expressive arts and group techniques.

The goal for Sanger, who is an advanced practice psychiatric-mental health registered nurse and child/adolescent specialist, was to use art to "create a joyful environment for self-expression" and "help children (ages eight to 17) cope with the inevitable social problems and to help students with behavioral challenges such as ADHD, autism and Asperger syndrome," according to the organization's mission.

Now, 14 years later, the program is being offered in various schools in Summit and Wasatch counties and in the Salt Lake Valley.

Funds are required in order to maintain the quality of the program. So that's why Sanger is offering an online auction at www.arts-kids.org called Bidding For Kids that is running through Monday, July 22.

Bidders can visit the website to find the link for the auction, Sanger told The Park Record.

"They can register for free and get a password so they can sign up to look at the offered items and make bids," she said.

Items offered in the auction include ski passes from all three area resorts, a two-night stay at the Park City Hotel and dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and a two-night stay at the Montage Deer Valley.

"We also have spa treatments, pet items, helicopter rides and a number of original art that will be on the auction block as well," Sanger said.


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The grand prize is a South African safari, provided by the Zulu Nyala group.

"They started making this trip available to people who were hosting fundraisers a few years ago," Sanger said. "Every day participants will get to go on these excursions and see all these live animals. It's quite lovely."

In addition to viewing the items online, Arts-Kids will give potential bidders the opportunity to see some of these items in person at the Park City Chamber Visitor's Bureau at Kimball Junction on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

"There will be a special reception with refreshments and hors d'oeuvres on Sunday," Sanger said. "But on both days, people will be able to see the items and we are doing this because sometimes the items don't show up really well on a computer screen."

Attendees will be able to submit their bids during the viewings as well.

"We'll have a computer set up where they can do it on the spot," Sanger said.

The auction is made possible by a partnership with BiddingForGood, an online auction platform for charities and nonprofit organizations.

"Jason Jentzsch, who used to work with the Park City Winter Sports Alliance started helping us with fundraising," Sanger said. "He had worked with BiddingForGood for the alliance's Winter Welcome."

Sanger ran into Jentzsch last year and he suggested an online auction.

"We felt that would be different, because there are so many fundraisers in Park City," Sanger said. "We felt this was a new twist and that people will feel more comfortable doing some bidding while they are sitting at home in their pajamas or at their office."

Once the people submit their bids, they will receive an email from BiddingForGood.com.

"The email will keep the bidders apprised of action taken on the items they are interested in, so they can bid again and again," Sanger said. "Once the bidding is over at 8 p.m. on July 22, a notice will be sent out to the winners."

The winners will be able to make their payments through Paypal and will obtain their prizes through Arts-Kids.

"We did this last year and people seemed to enjoy themselves, especially towards the end where the bidding got hot and heavy," Sanger said. "So we're doing it again."

Another advantage of holding an online auction is that the bidding is open to people other than local residents.

"We have people from across the country make their bids," Sanger said. "And last year, when some of them won, they came to Park City for vacation and were able to pick up their prizes.

"Also, an online auction gets our name out there to places all over the United States," she said.

Art-Kids' Bidding for Kids fundraiser and online auction will run through Monday, July 22, at 8 p.m. For more information or to make a bid, visit www.arts-kids.org.