PADUCAH, Ky., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 7, 2014, The National Quilt Museum will launch its 2014 Annual Benefit Auction. This year over 80 items will be auctioned with a combined value over $40,000. It will include quilts, quilt miniatures, sewing machines, gift baskets, notions, and much more. Items were donated by over 60 companies, guilds, and individuals passionate about today's quilting community.
The auction will go live APRIL 7, 2014. It is a two-phase auction that starts with online bidding. To participate in the online auction, simply go to www.quiltmuseum.org/auction. Participants will be able to bid immediately following a brief registration process. Online bidding will run through Wednesday, April 23rd at 10pm central time. The online auction system is highly dynamic, working similar to eBay's platform. Bidders will be informed if they have been outbid at any point during the 16 days.
On April 24th, at 6pm, the Live Auction will begin. The auction will take place at the Convention Center in Paducah, Kentucky. Online bidders will be represented by a proxy at the live event. Each item will be won by the person offering the highest bid, regardless if they are in attendance. Typically, over 70% of items are won by online bidders that do not attend the live event; as such, everyone has a good chance to win.
The National Quilt Museum works to bring the work of today's quilter to new and expanding audiences worldwide. It promotes the quilting community through exhibits, education, and advocacy efforts. The Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that receives over 80% of its funding through the generosity of the quilting community. The Annual Benefit Auction is the Museum's largest annual fundraiser.
Moda Fabrics CEO Mark Dunn, who donated over $1000 worth of fabric for this year's auction, said, "NQM's work benefits everyone passionate about quilting. We should all back their efforts." When asked about the event, Museum CEO Frank Bennett commented, "Without the support of those passionate about quilting, the Museum would not be able to do its work. We appreciate the individuals and corporations that have shown their support by donating valuable items to the auction. We hope to see thousands of quilters participate in this year's online and live auctions."
For more information about the auction visit www.quiltmuseum.org/Auction
About The National Quilt Museum
The National Quilt Museum works to advance the art of today's quilters by bringing it to new and expanding audiences worldwide. A destination for quilters and art enthusiasts, annually the Museum welcomes visitors from all 50 U.S. states and over 40 foreign countries from all corners of the globe. The Museum's onsite and travelling exhibits are viewed by over 120,000 people per year. The Museum also has a robust education program for both youth and adults. Over 6,000 people participate in the Museum's educational opportunities on an annual basis. In addition, the Museum's advocacy efforts promote quilting worldwide. In 2013 alone, over 420 online and off-line publications wrote articles about the Museum's work including Reuters, Yahoo.com, and the International Business Journal. The National Quilt Museum is a two-time TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. It is located in Historic Downtown Paducah, Kentucky, which was recently recognized as a UNESCO Creative City.
Amanda Ball, Marketing Director
National Quilt Museum
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