FCBA Charity Auction: Be There or Be Square!

The 25th Annual FCBA Charity Auction (a joint production of the FCBA’s Young Lawyers Committee and the FCBA Foundation) is happening on Thursday, November 7, 2014, from 6:30-10:00 p.m. in the Sphinx Ballroom at the Almas Temple, 1315 K Street, N.W., Washington.When you go – and you WILL go (because Davina wants you to) – you’ll get a prize book to guide you through the evening. Since it’s going to be unbelievably loud and crowded when you get there, and since they’re giving away two drinks for free (not to mention free food), and since it will be important to see and be seen, and since there are so many prizes that the book is 35 single-space pages long, you’re going to have a tough time navigating the prize book on the fly.

No problem. Here’s an advance copy to peruse at your leisure through the day leading up to the Big Event. (It looks enough like that contract from counsel for the other side of that big deal you’re working on that you can keep it up on your screen all day long and none of your colleagues will know.)

And you’ll probably need the whole day to digest the cornucopia of bitchin’ stuff available to the highest bidder. We recommend that you get started early.

As has been the case in past auctions, there’s something here for everybody. Tons of opportunities to eat at restaurants you’ve read about, and some you haven’t! Travel near and far! Sporting events! Home entertainment! Personal fitness! Theater tickets, art, personal (and canine) photography! Cool media stuff!

Too much levity for you? Fine, there’s non-levity galore –no fewer than three chances at getting advice for setting up your will. And if you’re looking for a business-related item (Why? We don’t know, but maybe after you’ve had your two free drinks you’ll start worrying about such things), how about a telecom dictionary, or a copy of the NAB’s “Legal Guide to Broadcast Law”, or a six-month Total Access Package from everybody’s friends at Berry Best?

If you want to increase your chances of winning, the Auction organizers have YOU in mind. There are a ton of additional prizes being raffled off – and, if you’re the first person to put a bid in on a silent auction item, your name will automatically be entered into the “First Bid Frenzy Raffle”. And if, for whatever reason, you can’t make it to the Big Event, there’s also an online auction that you can click into right now!

Seriously, if you’re not into all this yet, you should get on it ASAP. Time’s a-wasting.

The beneficiaries of the Auction will be BUILD Metro DC, which offers a four-year program that targets high school students in low-income communities who are not on-track academically and are at the highest risk of dropping out of school. BUILD equips these youth for high school, college, and career success. “BUILDers” receive extensive academic training, including classroom tutoring, free SAT and ACT prep courses, college application guidance, and financial aid support. BUILD’s efforts have had a demonstrable impact on the lives of these students, with 100 percent of BUILD Metro DC seniors having graduated high school and enrolled in a college or university. The FCBA Foundation will use proceeds from the Charity Auction to support its annual college scholarship program.

Davina Says: "Get to the Auction and Start Bidding!"

When Ms. Sashkin says “Jump”, we say “How high?” – and you should, too.

It’s that time of year again (actually, we’re just a bit late, but read on and you’ll see that, to make up for our tardiness, we’re making an offer you probably won’t be able to refuse - the photo at the left is a hint). The FCBA’s 2013 Charity Auction is tomorrow, November 7, as our colleague Davina Sashkin reminded us yesterday. If you haven’t made plans to be there, you ought to – and be prepared to be dazzled by the vast array of way cool stuff you’ll be able to bid on.

How much way cool stuff? This year’s prize book includes 53 (count ’em, 53!) pages of nothing but cool. (Here's a link to a draft of the book that was slipped to us.)

Hungry? You’ve got your choice of a couple of dozen of restaurant options (including the Inn at Little Washington, Volt, Rasika , among others). Just looking for dessert? There are cake, cheesecake, cupcake opportunities (or you can roll the dice and go with the catered “Dessert Party” for up to 10).  Thirsty? Take your pick of wine (white and/or red, Virginia, California, Italian, and more), scotch (Balvenie, Macallan, HighlandPark, among others), bourbon, gin, martinis. 

And after you’ve totally over-indulged, you can take advantage of memberships in Washington Sports Club or Sports Club/LA – or if you prefer a bit more privacy (and we understand if you do), go for the eight private sessions with a certified personal trainer.

Looking for some sports action? You can score tickets to top-flight baseball (including bitchin’ seats at Fenway), football, basketball, hockey, soccer, horse racing and steeplechase events. And for the active among you, there are tennis, golfing and skiing available.

For the artsily inclined, there’s theater, symphony, ballet.

What if you just want to get away for a while?

Take your pick: the close-in (e.g., the Mandarin), the not-so-close-in (Rehoboth, Wintergreen, Monticello), the further-on-up-the-road (Princeton, Martha’s Vineyard, Sea Island), or the classic destinations (Paris, Orlando, Napa).

After all this, you’ll probably feel guilty about leaving the rest of your household home. NOT! Not, that is, if you successfully bid on the rad Lego set (for the kids) or the “Pooch Portrait and Pet Care” (for Fido). And for the house-sitter, you can bag multiple home entertainment items (DVD sets, an Xbox – you get the picture).

All of this merely scratches the surface of the prize potential.

But now for the Big News. We here at CommLawBlog are sorry that it took us so long to get this item up on the blog, and to make up for that, we are going to sweeten the pot for two auction prizes that attracted our attention.

The two items? 

First, a trip to MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama, complete with tours of the FAME Recording Studio and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. 

Second, a private one-hour harmonica lesson – with a harmonica thrown in, in case you seem to have misplaced yours – given by none other than former Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. 

If you’re the successful bidder for either (or both!) of those prizes, CommLawBlog hereby commits to providing you with your very own CommLawBlog sunglasses (retros or wraparounds – your call), so when you saunter into the FAME studios or sit down to blow some harp with Commissioner Bluesboy, you will look like you fit in (like young Liam in the photo, above). Just give us a shout once you’ve tied down the prize, and we’ll make it happen.

The action cranks up November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at The Sphinx Ballroom at the Almas Temple, located at 1315 K Street, N.W., Washington. It’s free and open to the public.  Once you get in, the food's free AND you get TWO FREE DRINKS PER PERSON.  How can you possibly say no to that?

Proceeds of the auction will benefit Horizons Greater Washington and the FCBA Foundation, two very worthy causes. 

Horizons Greater Washington provides academic, cultural, and recreational programs designed to empower economically disadvantaged students in the D.C. area to realize their full potential.

The FCBA Foundation, of course, is the FCBA’s decades-old charitable organization that supports a variety of community outreach and communications-related educational programs. It will use proceeds from the Charity Auction to support its annual college scholarship program.

Davina Says: "Start Bidding - NOW"

The online end of the FCBA’s 2012 Charity Auction is open for business.  What are you waiting for?

FHH’s Davina Sashkin is a force to be reckoned with.  Trust us.  In addition to cracking the whip around our office, she’s also on the Charity Auction Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association.  And she wants everybody to know that the online auction is now accepting bids.  That means that you should get your sweet selves out to the FCBA Auction site immediamente and get the bidding started – NOW!  It’ll be best for everybody if you just do as she says and don't ask any questions.

Fortunately, complying with Ms. Sashkin’s directive will not be unpleasant by any means.  Au contraire, as it turns out there’s much to be gained from participating in the online bidding.  You could score tickets to the David Letterman Show.  Or how about the chance to sit in with the Sports Junkies as they do their thing on 106.7 The Fan?  You know you want to be there – and here’s your chance.  There are plenty of other bitchin’ items up for grabs.

The online bidding opened as of 8:00 a.m. November 1, and it’ll stay open until 8:00 p.m. (ET) on November 15.

Computer down?  Not to worry.  You can also attend the FCBA’s gala live auction event on November 8.  It’s free and open to the public, and set to crank up at 6:30 p.m. at the Capital Hilton on 16th Street in D.C.  Go early and stay late. (They’re estimating last call for around 10:00 p.m., if you care.)

While the full range of cool stuff to be auctioned live hasn’t yet been made public, we have it on very good authority that the list is excellent.  For example:

Dinner for four at Volt, the Frederick, Maryland go-to spot where 2009 Top Chef runner-up Bryan Voltaggio presides.  Don’t know where Frederick is?  No problem – limo service is included.  (Want to stay on the other side of the Potomac?  Dinner at the Inn at Little Washington is also available, along with several other top-notch restaurants.)

Or how about Final Four tix?  Or lunch with everybody’s favorite former Redskin, Doc Walker? 

There are also vacation/travel opportunities, tickets to theatre and sporting events, electronics, one-of-a-kind items (f'rinstance, exotic mandarin garnet earrings from the collection of FHH’s own Bob Butler)
. . . the hits just keep on coming.

Our personal favorite: tickets to see the Shoulda-Been-World Champion Washington Nationals take on the Technically-Actual-World-Champion San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco, with airfare and hotel included.

Proceeds of the auction will benefit THC - Housing Families, Transforming Lives and the FCBA Foundation, two very worthy causes. 

Over the last 22 years, THC has become one of Washington, D.C.’s largest housing agencies serving DC’s homeless and other at-risk children and their families through the provision of housing and support services. THC has established a great track record of giving DC families the tools and support they need to break the cycle of poverty and establish economic independence in safe and stable housing environments.

The FCBA Foundation, of course, is the FCBA’s decades-old charitable organization that supports a variety of community outreach and communications-related educational programs. It will use proceeds from the Charity Auction to support its annual college scholarship program.

So do yourselves, and us, a favor.  Follow Davina’s direction and get the bidding started, pronto.  You’ll be glad you did.