Published on September 19, 2020

Old Friends and New Combine for Wild, Wild Auction Success

Tricia Smith (left) & wife Fran Lussier won a wall quilt sewn by Susan Goldstein
Winners of a wall quilt sewn by Susan Goldstein

Despite COVID-19 or perhaps because of it, Wellfleet Bay's modified annual fundraising effort this summer has raised as much critical funding for the sanctuary’s education and conservation programs as previous Wild, Wild Wellfleet! galas.

Events coordinator Deborah Friedman says past donors were generous enough to repeat their gifts in 2020. "People understood that the pandemic meant a loss of all major revenue streams for the sanctuary and they came through for us."

A virtual Wild, Wild Auction was held for a week in mid-August. Deb says not only was the online auction profitable, but there was new support from a wider audience. "We had more locally-based items for bid than ever before and many of them were donated by community members who simply wanted to do something to help the sanctuary."        

Auction items included a night’s stay at a dune shack in the Provincelands; a handmade wall quilt depicting the sanctuary's Silver Spring Pond; handmade bowls crafted from local, reclaimed woods, and various nature adventures and outings hosted by sanctuary staff and volunteers. “These items didn’t involve trips, which are usually very popular at Wild, Wild Wellfleet,” Deb notes.” People wanted close-to-home artwork and learning experiences.”