We're pleased to announce the 2014 NASC benefit auction will be held this year from Saturday, March 29 to Saturday, April 12 on TerraForums.com.
Links for the usual operating procedures (otherwise known as the rules - chief among them is "have fun!") for the auction will be posted shortly. Then, as we approach March 29, a new subforum on TerraForums will appear just for this event. As we noted last year, a quick explanation of the auction follows: generous donors donate seed, plants, art, or anything else that other users bid on. The final total paid by the bidder goes to the NASC and the bidder receives the item. Every year we thank the generosity of our donors for supporting this event as our main source of fundraising to keep our organization running. The other half of the funds collected go directly to the identified beneficiary. Past recipients have included Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina (land acquisition); Myrtle Head Savanna, North Carolina (controlled burn); and Splinter Hill bog, Alabama (land acquisition); Old Dock Savanna, North Carolina (controlled burn); and Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, Florida (equipment replacement).
We are still waiting to hear back from a few potential beneficiaries on their informal bids to be considered for this year's auction, but the Board should make its final decision next week and follow up with an announcement.
We're excited for this year's auction – so get your plants ready for donations and be prepared for the amazing plants offered in this event. Whether you're starting out or staking out that rare plant, you'll be able to find something this year.