Frequently Asked Auction Questions

Click the questions below to see the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Sojourner Annual Auction. If you have a question you’d like answered, send us an email.


When and where is the Auction?

The 2016 – 2017 Sojourner Annual Auction is on Friday, March 3, 2017, beginning at 6:30pm. It will be at the Milwaukie/Portland Elks Lodge, located at 13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd.

Will Food and beverages be served?

A buffet of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese & crackers, chips & dips and a few hot items are offered, along with a decadent variety of desserts. Beer, wine and liquor are also available for purchase.

Will I receive tickets?

Admission is $35 per person, and physical tickets are not issued. Once your RSVP is submitted, your name will be registered and a bidder number will be assigned. This number is specific to you and allows you to bid on all Auction packages. You will receive your bidder number, paddle and catalog when you check in at the event. Buy your admission now!

Does my admission reserve me a specific seat?

Live auction seating is located in the ballroom at dining tables. Seating is not assigned.

How does the silent auction work?

The Silent Auction is an exciting and diverse part of the event. It is divided into three sections that have a limited window of time for placing bids. Each package in the Silent Auction has its own bidder sheet and the package will go to the highest bidder when the section closes. For detailed information on closing times, refer to the catalog you’ll receive at the Auction. It also includes a handy tracking sheet (on back) to help you remember where you’ve placed your bids.

What is the Art Gallery?

Student-created artwork is the highlight of the Sojourner Auction! The Art Gallery is filled with student art and is the third and last section in the Silent Auction to close. Each grade level works on at least one art piece lead by parent volunteers. The Art Gallery may also include artwork created by Pods, Flow Students, parents and even grandparents! Each grade level also creates a piece of classroom art organized by their teachers that is included in the Live Auction.

What happens during the Live Auction?

The auctioneer will announce when it is time to take your seats for the beginning of the Live Auction. This portion of the event includes:

  • Live Auction Packages: Fabulous destination packages, student art and much more will be sold.
  • Special Appeal: Raise your paddle and make a tax-deductible contribution to support Sojourner!
  • Raffle Drawings: The winners of all raffles are announced at the end of the Live Auction.
What should I wear to the Auction?

The theme of the auction changes each year and we encourage you to have fun with it and dress in costume if you feel so inclined. Bottom line: we encourage you to come dressed however you will feel most comfortable. Dress up or be casual … the important thing is to have a great time!

Will free parking be available?

Yes, there is usually ample free parking at The Elks. In the event that the lot is still crowded by Park & Ride commuters for the Tri-Met Orange Line, please know that there is plenty of additional parking behind the ledge and stairs that will bring you back up to the front entrance.

Are kids welcome at the Auction?

The Sojourner Annual Auction is an adults-only event. Please find a sitter and come ready to enjoy time with other Sojourner parents!

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