Silent Auction 2018

Plans are underway for our second Silent Auction event (in recent years, that is) and you can help us to reach and exceed our $3,000 goal! For the greatest success, we will need a variety of vacation property rental and get-away stays to offer to publicize and launch the bidding in early September. Around that same time, we will be accepting themed gift baskets and like-new/new items that can be assembled into gift baskets. The gift basket values are intended to range in value between $30 – $200, with vacation and get-away offerings ranging between $300 – $1,500.

If you have a vacation property that you would be willing to donate a week or weekend, or enjoy hosting Mountain guests and can donate a B&B get-away, please let our Development Staff know by August 31st, (828) 526-5838 ext. 254. If you are coming to The Mountain and want to bring gift basket items, you may drop them off at the Development Office, which is located across the porch from the main office.


Bidding on these vacation and get-away items will begin online, as well as onsite for guests visiting at The Mountain. These are the types of items that bring the larger bids, so the more, the merrier! The bidding on  all Silent Auction items will culminate at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 24th during our 40th Thanksgiving Weekend Retreat.

We encourage creativity in the gift basket themes! Here are some popular gift basket themes from last year’s Silent Auction:

  • Nature Lovers
  • Many Hands Peace Farm
  • Craft Beer
  • Movie Night
  • Bird Watcher
  • Gourmet food & beverage items from donors’ home cities
  • Wine & Cheese by Candlelight
  • Self Care
  • Specialty yarns
  • Pottery


What interests can you share through a creative gift basket? Hiking? Beading or Crafting? Activities for Kids? Specialty items from your local area?

If you or your congregation or retreat group has items (including empty baskets!) to donate to help make this year’s Silent Auction a grand success, please contact the Development Office (828) 526-5838 ext. 254.