10th Annual Online Auction supports FutureHeights

FutureHeights is accepting donations for its 10th Annual Online Auction, which serves as a major fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.

The auction supports the efforts of FutureHeights to create a stronger community in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. FutureHeights engages volunteers to help produce the Heights Observer community news; provides fiscal agency to various neighborhood-based groups; hosts numerous community-building events and activities, such as the Best of the Heights Awards and the Heights Music Hop; and presents community forums, tours and speakers.

An online preview begins Oct. 11, and bidding begins Nov. 21 at www.biddingforgood.com/futureheights.

“The auction provides Heights residents and others a convenient way to purchase items from local merchants while supporting their local community,” said Clare Taft, president of the FutureHeights Board of Directors. “Bidders will find products and services from well-known Heights merchants, as well as items from local artists and home-based businesses that they may not be as familiar with. They will also find unique items from cultural institutions, getaways and items from other cool places.”

“Donors to the auction not only help support the work of FutureHeights,” added Taft, “but also gain visibility for their businesses, which is especially important before the upcoming holiday shopping season.”

Each item is featured on its own dedicated webpage with a link to the donor’s website. Individuals can also donate items.

Taft said that items that have sold well in past auctions include: dining certificates; sports and entertainment tickets or packages; beauty and spa services; food, wine and gourmet items; products and services for the home and garden; trips and getaways; fitness and wellness packages; and unique experiences, including tours and behind-the-scenes or VIP access to places not accessible to the general public.

All donations are tax-deductible, all bids are placed online, and all items sell to the highest bidder on Dec. 7. Once the winning bidders are confirmed, winners can pick up their items from the FutureHeights office, 2843 Washington Blvd., Suite 105. Gift certificates can be mailed to the winning bidder upon request. Any shipping charges incurred will be paid for by the winner.

To donate an item, visit www.biddingforgood.com/futureheights, or contact the FutureHeights office at info@futureheights.org or 216-320-1423.

Daniel Budin

Daniel Budin is a lifelong Cleveland Heights resident, a member of FutureHeights Board of Directors, and chair of its auction committee.

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