Join us next Friday, June 5th to Monday, June 15th for 10 days of animated bidding via eBay. Getaway packages, fitness and spa services, art and theater, wine tasting packages, and more will be on offer from San Francisco, Bay Area, and national businesses. Worth over $6,000, guests will have a busy week trying to peruse the hundreds of items up for bid. Bookmark your favorite items from the auction catalogue.
The proceeds of the fundraiser will support the Yanamilla Prison Project and Manos Independientes, allowing us to broaden our educational programs. This year’s event will enable us to provide a week-long business development class in the prison, alongside a leather-working class, and an advanced jewelry-making class in Bolivia.
“Last year I was overwhelmed by how many auction items I wanted to bid on! My favorite winning was an awesome gift certificate to yoga classes that I got for a fraction of the price. It makes me feel good that the money goes to these women in need and I got something I wanted too.” said Serena Lo, our volunteeer from last year who spent three months working on solicitations, item write ups, and creating the cohesive visual element to our catalogue.
The fundraiser in 2014 helped Ruraq Maki present 8 workshop series to women and teenage girls in Peru and Bolivia. We were able to conduct in-depth interviews with the women in the Yanamilla Prison, and develop a new line of products for them to sell, providing a much-needed income source. In the past, our auction has also helped us launch the leather working class, specialized jewelry making workshops, purchased specialized equipment for the women, and develop some of our best selling items.