For the past decade, Utah Food Bank hosted our Night at the Warehouse gala at our Salt Lake City warehouse. It has always been a wonderful tradition featuring dinner, live and silent auctions, and more. It has also always been a successful fundraising event, bringing in approximately $150,000 yearly to support our programs. This year, so much in the world has changed that our Night at the Warehouse gala had to undergo some changes as well. Night NOT at the Warehouse will be held as an online auction from August 10 through August 15, culminating with a live online event at 6:00 PM on August 15.
While we will miss the in-person aspect of our gala, one benefit of an online auction is we aren’t limited by space. That means anyone can participate, from the comfort and safety of your own home – and we will still have the same exciting items available to bid on, so you can snag some fabulous things while helping out a great cause!
Before COVID-19, 374,000 Utahns were facing food insecurity, with 1 in 7 Utah kids unsure where their next meal was coming from. The pandemic has only increased that number, with an estimated 165,000 more Utahns needing food assistance, many for the first time. The sudden rise in need has brought with it extraordinary hurdles, including the need for a higher volume of food distribution, which increases distribution costs, all with fewer people to do the work since our warehouse has been closed to volunteers.
Just as the need for assistance and associated costs have grown, we have had several fund and food raising events canceled or postponed, so we are pleased to be able to adapt our Gala into a Night NOT at the Warehouse, and continue the tradition, albeit in a different format.
Signing up is simple! Find step by step instructions here. You can preview our auction items now, but bidding won’t open until August 10. Keep checking back because we will be adding exciting items as we get closer.
We are also offering two exciting Opportunity Drawings with tickets available for just $25 each, and you can start purchasing your tickets for these NOW! Purchase as many tickets as you’d like, but ticket sales will close on Friday, August 14 at 5:00 PM. We will draw our lucky winners during our live online event starting at 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 15, but you don’t need to be tuned in to win.
- 6 Disneyland Resort Park Hopper 1-Day Passes (expiration 2/27/2022) – valued at $1,080
- 4 day/3 night Marriott Vacation Club stay in a 2-bedroom villa at properties ranging from across the U.S. (including Park City) to Mexico, overseas & beyond (expiration 4/25/2021) – valued at $2,025
The finale of our auction will be an online live event. Join us for an update from Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank President & CEO, about the surge in need due to COVID-19, and how we’ve adjusted our operations in response. Immediately following her remarks, stay tuned for a virtual paddle raise to support our COVID-19 relief efforts.
Saturday, August 15 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
All donations made during the online event will be matched up to $25,000!