There's a charity auction that will take place at my church to help out a family that has been dealing w/cancer and of course high medical bills. I would really like to contribute something to help this family out.
Do I make a physical cake and have that present at the auction? Do I make a "gift certificate" instead? if so what do I offer and should I place pictures of previous cakes so that they know the quality they are receiving?
Any ideas would be very helpful, the person who is dealing with the cancer was my choir director and a great person and I would really like to help the most I can.
I would offer a cake voucher, with pictures of the kind of cakes you make for the value of the voucher - that way, the familiy can choose a cake they would enjoy eating and at a time to suit them HTH
I had this situation a few months ago and made a voucher for a free cake. I included pictures on it to represent the value of the cake that the voucher covered, and in the body of the voucher I put specific information - the maximum value of the cake, the maximum number of servings or size of cake, thirty days notice to order, etc. I also put a dollar value for the voucher in the information section in case they wanted a larger or more ornate cake and they wanted to use the voucher towards the purchase price.
I have done it both ways. The first auction that I participated in was very close to Mother's Day. So I had two cakes appropriate for that celebration.
I have also done it both ways. With the physical cake for auction any bidder would have to have an immediate need for that cake. With a voucher/gift certificate people will bid who might not have a cake need until sometime in the future. Have a photo or two to give them an idea of the type of cake the certificate will cover. I specify the size of the cake (i.e. 8" cake to serve 20, or 2 dozen cupcakes). I also give the value of the certificate ("value= up to $40) and of course an expiration date. My certificates expire by the end of the current year or 6 months from now (whichever is a longer time).
I did this a couple of weeks ago. I made an 8" cake and donated a gift certificate as a set "package" for the auction.