2017 HCS Spring Benefit Auction
Dave Spahr, HCA Auction Chair
Our 44th Annual Spring Benefit Auction will be held March 31-April 1, 2017 at last year’s location, the GMP Local #244 Union Hall at 350 Hudson Ave. in Newark, Ohio. We finished cataloging the glass after the last month’s newsletter deadline and have 1411 lots from 58 consigners. Craig Connelly and his crew will again call our auction and we will have concessions available!
We have received some wonderful glass for the auction. Walter Ludwig’s article elsewhere on this website will give you a full preview of our auction glass and he always mentions some of our more interesting lots. You can now visit the museum and see some of the best pieces in the auction on display in the case just inside the Museum entrance and also in a case near the library. Hopefully we will have some pictures posted on this website showing some of our best pieces!
The auction catalog, preview hours, auction hours, absentee bid instructions, absentee bid form, bidding information, and most importantly the list of sale items will be this website – www.HeiseyMuseum.org/ , on or about February 25th and hopefully sooner. This will give you a full month of looking and evaluating items and preparing for this great auction! Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of area hotels/motels is being published in the newsletter to assist you in making reservations. You will want to arrive in time to attend the one hour preview on Friday March 31, 2017, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM with the auction beginning at 10:30 AM on lots 1 thru 649. On Saturday April 1, 2017, the doors will open at 8:30 AM, the annual membership meeting will be held at 9:00 AM with the auction beginning at 9:30 AM with lot 650.
We have again not having a full mailing of the auction catalog. We will mail copies on or about February 25th (sooner if possible) to members who consigned glass, purchased glass, or put in absentee bids in 2015 and/or 2016. We will also provide a copy to any member who wishes one- you need to call the museum after March 1st to get your copy. If you were a consignor, buyer, or absentee bidder wait a few days before you call- give time for your copy to arrive in the mail.
As you know, the Spring Benefit Auction is HCA’s largest annual fundraiser and all funds received after expenses go 100% to support the Museum. If you can’t make it to Newark for the auction this year I encourage you to look on line at the list of great glass and put in an absentee bid. This is a way for every member to support your association. Forms and instructions are available on the website as well.
Absentee bidders listen up!! We have included the absentee bid instructions and the bid form on this website for you to look over and use including shipping information. Please note the bids will need to be submitted by Saturday, March 25, 2017, by 4:00 PM EST. NO EXCEPTIONS. We are continuing a successful change in that we are having absentee bidders make their own arrangements to have their glass shipped. The absentee glass will be available for pickup at the Museum on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, after 10:00AM. Absentee bidders will have to pay their shippers directly. We will cooperate with your shipper and assist where we can. HCA simply does not have the volunteers, materials on hand, and staffing capability to do this task. We have listed these shippers in the past and have heard no complaints however HCA does not endorse them nor is HCA responsible for their performance.
As you read this newsletter I will be looking for help at the auction- for “Vannas” to hold up the glass, for folks to help move glass during the auction, and to help clean up after the auction. If you would like to help, please contact me. It is a great way to learn about the glass and meet some great volunteers.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 937-372-7166. I’ll see you at the auction!