A Bid on Success
July 25, 2007
When one woman was unable to use her wedding dress, she donated it to the Live and Silent Auction to benefit the Peace House, so that other women might benefit.
It is that spirit, says auction chairman Ginny Schulman, that makes the event, which is part of the Park City Board of Realtors Philanthropic Foundation’s Luxury Home Tour, so successful each year.
This year, Schulman promises the auction will be the best yet. She has already collected 350 items for every taste and price.
In addition to the wedding dress, there will be scooters, a flat-screen television, a mink blanket and thousands of dollars in original art, salon and spa services and recreational lessons. Schulman said that this year’s generosity is a result of people’s passion for the cause. The Peace House of Park City is a shelter that offers victims of domestic abuse a safe haven. Proceeds from the yearly auction provide the organization about 30 percent of its operating budget for the year.
"This is their major fundraiser," Schulman said. "We’re hoping people will come in and become aware of the Peace House."
The event will be held in the Kokopelli Ballroom of the Grand Summit Hotel at The Canyons. Schulman said part of the allure of the auction is its affordability. Admission is $25 in advance and includes dinner. Once people are in the door, she said that they will find a number of items that are either less than $100 or are worth more than $100 but will go for much less. In the past, auction-goers have come from Park City, greater Summit County and Salt Lake. Schulman says that many vacationers and vacation home owners also enjoy the auction as an opportunity to buy authentic Park City items.
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There will be both a live and silent auction. She also noted that the committee has revamped the auction checkout process to avoid the long delays of last year.
For Schulman, the yearly effort to organize the event is a labor of love. The real estate agent for The Signature Group became involved, in part, because of her daughter, whom she adopted from Ethiopia. With Ethiopia’s history of treating woman poorly, Schulman became committed to the mission of the Peace House.
"Knowing we can make a difference in a children’s or women’s issue is important to me," Schulman said. "It’s not one socioeconomic level or race all are affected by abuse."
She adds that the Peace House is especially worthy, because of its personal touch. The organization’s directors, Jane Patten and Jane Jensen, profusely thank the Board of Realtors each year and send out personal thank you notes to auction contributors.
Schulman is expecting to top last year’s profit of $66,000. She says that in sheer volume of donated items, they are already way ahead of last year’s event. She estimates the total value of the items donated is about $200,000, so she is excited to see what this year’s result will be.
"It’s locals contributing to a local cause," she said.
The live and silent auctions are open to the public, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. Tickets to the auction are $25 in advance and $30 the day of auction. Valet parking will be available.
The luxury home tour will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at the cabriolet parking lot of The Canyons Resort, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The last tour bus leaves at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the day of the tour.
According to the Park City Board of Realtors, six homes will be open for the 16th annual Luxury Home Tour, presented by Les Chateaux DuVal. The tour will run through the foothills of The Canyons Resort, featuring homes in Les Chateaux DuVal, the Timbers, White Pine Canyon, Cedar Draw and on Quarry Mountain.
For information and tickets, call (435) 658-4739 or log on to http://www.luxuryhometour.org.