Make a difference: Support JAWS with auction purchases

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By Pam Moreland, JAWS Board Member

Shopping to support JAWS and its programs. It’s easy. It’s competitive. It’s fun and it’s for a good cause.

The best part is you play a part of the entire event.

Bring something to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for the auction. Jewelry. Media swag. Scarves. Cool tanks, Ts, and sweatshirts to complete that athleisure look. Personal services (one-on-one sessions sharing your expertise with JAWS members, their family and their friends). Gift cards. Guided tours of favorite spots in NYC, DC, ATL or LA.

Money raised through the auction goes to underwrite JAWS and its programs. Here’s how it works.

If you have an item for the auction, bring it to the auction area beginning Saturday morning. An Auction Committee volunteer can help you fill out a bidding sheet with a short description, a suggested opening bid and the right spot to display your donation.

If you want to bid on an item, just write your name and your bid on the slip. Keep a close watch on your bids because another CAMPer may have her eye on the same item. Bidding wars are not unusual, so be prepared to bid all weekend long until the final bell rings on Sunday.

Once the auction is over, collect your items along with the bid slips so you pay for them.

Not coming to camp? No problem. Everybody—yes even CAMPers—can participate in the JAWS Online Auction. From big ticket items, such a week at a vacation home in Sundance, Utah to bargains on wearable tech and coaching on pitching stories to digital and print publishers—it’s all online.

The online auction opens two weeks before camp and closes at 11 a.m. Sunday. Bidding on most items is open to the public, so your friends and family can join in the fun. To check out the online auction, go to https://www.biddingforgood.com/JAWS/jaws15. Or use your cellphone or tablet to scan the adjacent QR Code and you will be taken directly to the JAWS Auction site.

At CAMP or online, there are lots of ways to participate in the JAWS auction. Shopping and helping JAWS do good works. It doesn’t get much better than that.