I, too, was pleasantly STUNNED by the amount of money raised by the quilt/pillow set that was donated to a local charity. I had set a reserve of $200, feeling that it should make that much or I would donate cash and give the quilt away. Yes, giving away something people can’t afford to buy makes perfect sense to this quilter.
My original understanding was that the format was a silent auction, but they did something different this year. People attending the event (lunch or dinner) could purchase raffle tickets. I think they were $1 each or 6/5$. Then, they put the tickets in a jar by the item they were interested in. If the jars (quart Mason jars) became full they were emptied into boxes in the back room.
People seemed very willing to spend one dollar, or even five dollars, to get a chance at something they wanted. According to the event organizer, at the end of the evening $2140 was spent on raffle tickets and a very happy person got to take a quilt home.
As the maker of the quilt, I am thrilled. While I was willing to make a donation, I could not possibly donate $2140. But, you can bet I am already considering what I might be able to share next year. 🙂
If there are further questions, please let me know and I will try to answer them. Maybe a format of this type would work in your area, too.