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Bid Online to Raise Funds for Columbus Area Arts Council

For a second year now, the Columbus Area Arts Council will hold an online auction leading up to their annual fundraising gala, unCommon Cause. Starting Saturday, October 12, anyone with an internet connection will be able to support the Columbus Area Arts Council by bidding on donated items at “You don’t need to have reservations to unCommon Cause to bid. You don’t even need to live in Columbus to bid.” said Stephanie Strothmann, Director of Resource Development at the Arts Council. “By expanding our reach, we can enlist arts supporters from around the country,” added Strothmann. Because all items have been donated to the Arts Council, every dollar bid goes to support arts-related programming in Columbus.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses and community members who have donated goods and services to this year’s auction,” said Strothmann. Items included in the online auction range from a trip to Chicago package to a private group tour of the Miller House and Gardens and Mr. J. Irwin Miller’s private offices at 301 Washington Street. Because of this year’s unCommon Cause theme, Bollywood: The Sights and Sounds of India, several donated items come from India. “Our Honorary Chairs, Sarla & Swadesh Kalsi and Kiyomi & Anant Talaulicar have been instrumental in securing unique items to support our theme,” said Strothmann. These donated items include custom-made serving utensils with a gold floral design, fine bone China, and exotic textiles for the bedroom and dining room.

Auction items can be viewed and bid on at until 8:30 PM on Saturday, October 26, when the online auction closes. Attendees of unCommon Cause are reminded to bring their smart phones or tablets to use to bid online during the event. When the auction closes, people with the winning bids will be notified via email from BiddingForGood. All physical items will be shipped via UPS and all gift certificates will be shipped via registered mail. If the winning bidder is in attendance at unCommon Cause, they will be able to take their items home with them that night.

The 38th annual unCommon Cause will be held Saturday, October 26at 6:30 PM at The Commons. This year’s theme, Bollywood: The Sights and Sounds of India, will transport guests to an exotic place that will include Indian music, dancing, and an Indian-inspired meal created by Chef Gethin Thomas. Live and silent auctions and live music by Living Proof will round out the evening. The event is black tie optional but attendees are encouraged to dress in Indian-inspired attire. Reservations for unCommon Cause end Friday, October 18 and can be made online at or by calling (812) 376-2539. Individual reservations are $125 each and tables of eight are $1,000.

The Columbus Area Arts Council is a public, not-for-profit corporation supported by private donations, the City of Columbus, the State of Indiana through the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.