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IFEA Foundation Party & Live Auction

Our primary, annual fundraising events, the IFEA Foundation Silent & Live Auctions are an all-important source of support that allows us to confidently provide convention scholarships to many new and aspiring professionals who will become the next generation of industry leadership and to those deserving organizations working to build a solid and successful foundation for their festivals, events and communities. The funds raised also support our capabilities to provide and host top-quality industry presenters, speakers and programming, helping us to raise the bar for everyone in our global industry.

Both auctions take place during the IFEA's annual Convention, Expo & Retreat, starting with the Silent Auction displayed the first two days of the event and culminating with the Live Auction at the IFEA Foundation Night Party on the second night of the event. Beginning with an ‘Opening Reception’ followed by a sit-down, interactive dinner with special friends from around the world, this special evening will be interspersed with bidding on a selected menu of once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, helping us to reach our annual goal of exceeding the previous year’s success. Best of all, the IFEA Foundation Party is included at no extra charge as part of your convention registration!

2019 IFEA Foundation 'Garden Party' & Live Auction

Taking advantage of the beautiful Rockefeller Complex and Gardens at the Colonial Williamsburg Resorts, the IFEA Foundation Party & Live Auction event promises a memorable evening for everyone. Plan now to don your favorite fun and casual garden party attire and join your friends and professional peers from around the globe for our ‘Opening Reception’ and cocktails in the intimate Foundation Garden from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m., before passing through the opulent Rockefeller House for a relaxing sit-down, interactive dinner in the sweeping Oval Garden. This special evening will be interspersed with live bidding on a selected menu of once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, helping us to reach our annual goal of exceeding the previous year’s success.

Mike Berry Retirement Tribute

Adding a special element to this memorable evening, we invite everyone to help us in paying a special tribute to Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO Mike Berry, CFEE, as we mark his retirement after 33 years leading one our industry’s most successful organizations. Mike has been a champion of the IFEA and our global industry for decades and this will be the perfect time for old friends and new to thank him for his friendship, leadership and the professional example that he has set for us all over the last three-plus decades.

IFEA Foundation Silent Auction

The IFEA Foundation ‘Silent Auction’ takes place over the course of our first two convention days each year.

From products and services useful for your festival or event, to exclusive industry trips, to fun and interesting items for your home, office or hobbies, the auction offers something for everyone that you won't want to miss!

Bidding begins at 8:00 a.m. and closes promptly at 4:00 p.m. each day, with checkout and item pick-up available immediately following on Day 1 and during the IFEA Foundation Night Party on Day 2.

Items will change each day, so be sure to check out the great selection and deals!

Bid high and bid often!

Interested in Donating an Auction Item?



One of the many highlights of the IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat is the opportunity to check out and bid on the special and unique auction items generously provided by festivals, events, vendors and suppliers in the festival industry, just like you!

Each item will be auctioned off as part of the Silent Auction at the IFEA Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat. The proceeds from the auction go to help directly support the IFEA’s educational mission, scholarships, and the future of our industry.

What Can You Donate?

What can you donate to the auction you ask? The real question is . . . what would you like to bid on at the Silent Auction? That’s your answer to what you can donate!! Things like:
  • Specialty Trips and Travel Packages with or without airline tickets; VIP packages paired with Festivals/Events/Sports/Theater etc.; vacation timeshares; cruise ship packages; just airline tickets or hotel nights somewhere (do you have extra air miles you can donate to get these?)
  • Hard-to-get Tickets / In-Demand Items for festivals; concerts; amusement parks; TV shows; Broadway shows; sporting events one-of-a-kind experiences, etc.
  • Everyday items that people need/want: coffee makers; espresso makers; mixers; headphones; TVs; Go-Pros; Cameras; tablets; Kindles; smart watches; power tools; etc.
  • Subscription services: Amazon Prime; Netflix; Hulu; Hello Fresh; Blue Apron; FabFitFun; Birchbox; BarkBox; Dollar Shave Club; Sock Fancy etc.
  • Unique items to get as gifts for friends, family, kids and pets . . . everyone needs to bring something back for those that stayed at home!
  • Collectible pieces such as signed/framed art; pens; figurines; ornaments; bags; etc.
  • Jewelry for men and women: necklaces; earrings; watches; tie-clips; cuff links; bracelets; brooches etc.
  • Hobby related items: fishing; golf; tennis; bicycling; skiing; snowboarding; yoga; music; painting; hiking; sewing; knitting; cooking; gardening; beer/wine making . . . the list is endless.
  • Items for an office: printers; monitors, portable monitors; laptops; tablets; table lamps, etc.
  • Items from sponsors: popular branded merchandise; neon beverage signs from a beer company
  • Gift cards: Grocery stores; restaurants; online/retail shopping; movies; gas, etc. (use your credit card or rewards points to obtain these and then donate.)
There are no limits to the creativity! Just think, if you would bid on what you donate, you know there are others that would too!

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