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FPSA Auction Frequently Asked Questions

On May 20th, FPSA will host the FPSA Auction online with the goal of generating contributions to fund the Giving Back charity efforts sponsored by FPSA’s six Industry Councils. Normally a live event takes place at the FPSA Annual Conference, this year we are holding the Auction as a virtual event due to the Conference being cancelled as a result of the COVID pandemic.

In addition to the Auction, FPSA is also hosting a virtual Wine Tasting immediately prior to the Auction to help members get in the mood for the Auction.

As this is the first time FPSA has ever offered a virtual Auction, we have prepared this FAQ document to clarify how this process will work and encourage participation among members and other professionals.

FPSA Auction

  1. When will the Auction take place this year?

    The Auction is broken down into two parts – the Silent Auction and the Live Auction. The Silent Auction will run from 12pm ET on Monday, May 10th through 1pm ET on Friday, May 21st. The Live Auction will take place from 8-9pm ET on Thursday, May 20th.

  2. How will the Auction take place this year?

    This year’s Auction will take place virtually on MS Teams and will be hosted by celebrity auctioneer and comedian, James Cunningham.

  3. How do I sign-up/participate in the auction?

    The first 250 people to register on the auction website at https://fpsa2021.givesmart.com will receive a calendar invite to the Live Auction hosted on Microsoft Teams. Participants will watch the live Auction on Teams and place their bids (live or silent) on the GiveSmart Auction portal.

  4. Does this mean only 250 can participate in the bidding process?

    No. This means MS Team is limiting us to 250 connections on the live meeting. There is no limit to the number of people who wish to register for the Auction on GiveSmart and bid on items.

  5. How will I get to watch the online auction?

    The first 250 people to register on the auction website at https://fpsa2021.givesmart.com will receive a calendar invite to the Live Auction hosted on Microsoft Teams. The calendar invitations will go out the week of May 3rd, and you will be able to view the Auction LIVE on Microsoft Teams.

  6. How do I participate in the silent auction? When does it begin, and when does it end?

    To participate in the silent auction, you must register on the auction website at https://fpsa2021.givesmart.com, and to place a bid, you must have a credit card on file. The Silent Auction will run from noon ET on Monday, May 10th through 1 pm ET on Friday, May 21st.

  7. Is there a cost to participate in the auction?

    There is no cost to participate in the auction. However, you are required to put a credit card number on file to place a bid.

  8. What does “Invite Only” mean with regards to the auction?

    The first 250 people to register on the auction website at https://fpsa2021.givesmart.com will receive a calendar invite to the live auction hosted on Microsoft Teams.

  9. Do I need to be a member of FPSA to participate in the auction?

    No

  10. What type of items are available to bid on?

    You can click here to view all items for the live and silent auction. Typical silent auction items include electronics, gift baskets, and travel experiences. Regular live auction items include a deer head flask and advertising/marketing packages from various industry-related publishers.

  11. When does the bidding begin for the live auction?

    One hour before the start of the Live Auction on May 20th at 8 pm ET

  12. Must I give my credit card when I sign up, and will it be charged?

    You must enter a credit card on file if you wish to bid on any item for the live or silent auction. It will not be automatically charged, and you will be given alternative payment methods during checkout if you win any of the auction items.

  13. Is there a limit to how many people can participate in the auction?

    Two hundred fifty people can watch the live auction at a time over Microsoft Teams. There is no limit to the number of people who can participate in the bidding process for the silent and live auction.

  14. Where do the proceeds of the auction go to?

    Each FPSA Council has its own cause that it champions. You can click here to view the various charities and scholarship opportunities that each council supports.

  15. Can I donate an item for the auction?

    Yes, FPSA is accepting donated items for the Auction until April 30th, 2021. You can click here to fill out the online donation form.

  16. Are donations tax-deductible?

    All items donated to the MISA Foundation are tax-deductible; all other item donations are not.

  17. If I win an item in either the silent or live auction, when will I get my item?

    We will ship the item you win after payment is collected for the item.

FPSA Wine Tasting

  1. How does the FPSA Virtual Wine Tasting fit into this?

    Traditionally, the Auction is preceded by a wonderful reception that helps get participants in the mood for the Auction. As we are holding a virtual auction this year, we decided to try and hold a virtual wine tasting right before of this year’s event. The Wine Tasting will take place on Thursday, May 20th from 6:45pm to 7:45pm ET.

  2. If I am signed up for the Auction, does that also apply to the Wine Tasting?

    No, it doesn’t. You sign up for the Wine Tasting separately by placing your order with our partner in this special event, ONX Wines.

  3. What is the cost of participating in the Wine Tasting?

    There is no charge to participate in the Wine Tasting, however you will need to purchase the wine from ONX.

  4. When I sign up for the Wine Tasting, what am I purchasing?

    The cost of each wine kit (2oz tasting bottles of five different wines) is $30 plus shipping. There are also other options for those that know what they like including a wine kit package which includes a full bottle of red or rose wine, and/or you can purchase full bottles for your group at a 10% discount. It all depends on what you want.

  5. How will the wine be sent to me for the Wine Tasting?

    The tasting kit will ship Fed-Ex 2-day to make sure the integrity of the wine is preserved as it travels quickly to your location. An adult 21+ will need to be present to sign for the package, as it contains alcohol.

  6. When will the wine be shipped?

    The last day to register is May 6th. The wines will be shipped roughly a week before the event.

  7. What if I want to hold a watch party for the Wine Tasting? How do I purchase the wine for my group?

    Go right ahead! We know of various members in Kansas City and the Chicago area that are already planning on this. For a group, you might want to consider buying full bottles of the five wines instead of the tasting kits.  This can be purchased on the ONX website at a 10% discount for full bottles.

  8. How will I get to watch the Virtual Wine Tasting?

    FPSA staff will send the Microsoft Teams invitation the second week of May. You will be able to participate in the Tasting on your pc, or even on a cell phone.

  9. Is there a limit to how many people can sign up for the Wine Tasting?

    The limit for the FPSA Wine Tasting is 100 sign ups (watch groups will count as 1).

  10. What if I am not interested in the Wine Tasting but want to participate in the Auction?

    No problem! Sign up for the Auction and log on before 8pm ET on the 20th.

  11. Are there any restrictions to participate?

    Unfortunately yes. Not all states allow alcohol to be shipped into their borders. The states where ONX CAN ship wine into include: AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI.