October 20-23, 2019

Embassy Suites
Lake Buena Vista South
Kissimmee, Florida

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Silent Auction

The silent auction will return at the 36th Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Conference! From new gardening tools and accessories to rare plants, rain barrels, and baskets of local goodies, you'll be sure to find plenty to pique your interest.

Silent auction proceeds support the Master Gardener Awards of Excellence and Service Awards.


Auction Donations

Conference organizers are calling on the Master Gardener counties to donate items for auction. Each donating county will have a designated display area at the conference. If a county wants to donate but will not have representatives attending the conference, adjacent counties can submit auction items on their behalf. Space will be limited so we are limiting donations to 10 items per county; you can combine items into lots. Please consult Auction Committee Chair, David Austin, in advance regarding donations.


County Competition

Coordinators, ask your volunteers to put their heads together to outdo the other participating counties! The county whose auction item(s) bring in the most money will receive a prize packet! Counties can include a coordinator or group photo with the display item(s) so bidders can identify the county each contribution will benefit. Auction proceeds will go toward awards recognizing MG volunteers for their length of service and innovative programming.

If you are interested in donating to the auction, please email descriptions and item photos (if available) to David Austin at davidaustin@ufl.edu no later than Friday, October 18, 2019.


Auction Itinerary

Friday October 18
5:00pm Item Donation Notification Deadline - Email David Austin
Sunday October 20
4:30pm-6:30pm Early Item Donation Check-In
Monday October 21
7:00am-5:00pm Item Donation Check-In
Tuesday October 22
7:00am-3:00pm Auction Open for Bidding
2:30pm-3:00pm Last Call for Bids - during refreshment break
4:00pm-5:30pm Auction Checkout

Note: Only cash or check payments will be accepted during auction checkout, so please plan accordingly! There is an ATM available onsite at the host hotel.


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Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Florida (UF), together with Florida A&M University (FAMU), administers the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. UF/IFAS Extension encompasses thousands of Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers, all working to provide solutions for your life.

UF/IFAS OCI

OCI stands for the Office of Conferences & Institutes. It is a full service conference planning agency at the University of Florida. OCI was created to support the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) mission to develop knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and to make that knowledge available to people to sustain and enhance the quality of life.

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