Holiday Online Auction

As we countdown to the end of 2020, we look forward to the holiday season and the ability to “pivot” one more time into a year with less COVID and more togetherness.

We are reaching out to share important updates about our holiday auction. This year, in lieu of an in person silent auction, ESSAE will be raising funds through an online bidding site.

The Rita Lashway Scholarship Committee recommended, and our volunteer committee leaders and board of directors agreed unanimously, that funds raised during the Online Auction would be donated directly back to ESSAE to enable us to continue to provide access to the valuable resources you have come to expect. 

The pandemic has created hardship for association and hospitality members alike and ESSAE was not immune. 2020 meant the cancellation of all of ESSAE's in-person event and programming. While we converted many programs to a digital experience, and offered virtual education up at a discount or complimentary to our members, the impact of the cancellation of in-person programming (in particular the annual conference & trade show) will be felt by the Society for years to come. With your support this year, we can get our mission back on track and ensure a more sustainable future for us all.

What can you donate? It's about the experience! Experiential items create memories and journeys for attendees. Memorable and unique auction items might include: weekend getaways and airline tickets, spa days, brewery tours, area attractions, museum and city tours, hot air balloon rides, theme park tickets, golf or ski outings, concert tickets and backstage passes, complimentary dining experiences, sporting events, and so much more!

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This is your chance to be creative! The holiday auction affords you the perfect opportunity to showcase your brand, services, venue and destination! We hope you will consider taking part in this special holiday experience that helps us support our association professionals.

On behalf of ESSAEs Board and Committee Leadership, we are continually grateful for your loyalty and trust in this organization. 


Through your generosity, ESSAE has been able to make a huge impact on the local community throughout the years. Last year's auction raised over $7,000, and a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Rita Lashway Scholarship program, bringing ESSAE’s total donated dollars, since 1993 to over $180,000.