Annual Auction & Grants
The St. Alban’s annual Fall Fest is held on the first weekend of November. It is the primary fundraising effort of our church each year, and the 2019 event marked the 10th anniversary. The money raised goes to support the Rector’s Discretionary Fund and charitable organizations locally, regionally and internationally.
Different organizations are chosen by the planning committee to receive our grants each year. They are selected on a rotating basis with priority given to those entities that the Auction Committee decides have a realistic chance to achieve their self-defined goals with the benefit of our small grants. In the past, we have provided funds for building handicap ramps at people’s homes, for food, housing and health care programs serving the local poor and homeless population, and for school building in Honduras.
The Fall Fest auction is a celebratory dinner in the Parish Hall where planned social events and services are auctioned for charity. St. Alban’s members conceive, donate and then execute creative parties or special events hosted in their or the bidder’s homes. People from the congregation and the community attend the catered dinner and bid on the hosted social events or activities. Past auctions have included ethnic dinners, ice cream socials, and even kayaking trips. Services delivered throughout the year such as dog walking, catered meals, yard work and many others are also auctioned. Gift cards donated by and for use in local establishments are also available for bidding items.
In recent years, an Artisans’ Market has been added that is full of donated handmade items such as finely crafted woodworks, knitted scarves and shawls, jewelry, and works of art that are available for purchase. All the money raised from the months of planning, crafting and execution is donated to make a difference in the lives of people in many different places.