Can anyone participate in the Online Auction?
The auction is open to everyone 18 years and older. You must be 21 years and older to bid on any alcohol-related auction package. We encourage you to share the link with your friends and family.
To participate in the Auction from the convenience of your home, you just need to register on redblackblast.givesmart.com. Bidders will be responsible for paying immediately upon winning, and must cover shipping costs or coordinate pick-up of their items/certificates from Advancement & Transition Services at the University of Cincinnati. Instructions will be sent to the winners after the auction closes. (Only domestic shipping can be provided.)
May I pay by check or other methods of payment?
Upon registering, you will be asked to provide credit card information. Bidders will need to authorize their winning bid charges to that credit card immediately after the auction closes. Any balances added on for shipping will be charged to your card once item is shipped.
To make a separate pledge or donation using alternate payment, please contact:
Chris Eden, Sr. Director, Development, CECH - UC Foundation
How do I pick up my items or have them shipped to me?
To receive your items, payment must be received in order to coordinate delivery/pick-up of your item. Within the week following the closing of the auction, we will contact you regarding your preference for delivery versus in-person pick-up at the University of Cincinnati.
Pick-up of items will be available during designated times. Instructions will be sent to winners after the auction closes.
If you choose to have your items delivered, we will add any shipping and handling costs to your balance on GiveSmart for you to authorize payment. We will package the item and choose the mail carrier at our discretion.
**If Advancement & Transition Services (ATS) is not contacted by 4/16/2021 for (pick-up, delivery or shipping) on an item, the item will be forfeited and will be used again to benefit ATS.**
Can I still donate an item to the auction?
Thank you for your interest. We are no longer accepting auction item donations for the 2021 auction. If you'd like to donate something for next year, please let us know.
How do I start and continue my bidding?
Browse the Silent Auction and start bidding on your favorite items! Place your bid on selected items, set a maximum bid if desired, and GiveSmart will continue to keep you in the running until you reach your maximum bid.
How can I keep active and know if I am outbid or have won an item?
You will be notified via text if you have been outbid. Keep an eye on your favorite items! If you are NOT receiving the text messages, make sure you have the correct mobile number under your profile. The texts will continue to notify you when you have been outbid or reached your maximum bid. When the silent auction closes, you will also receive a text message if you won any items.
I've mistakenly placed a bid. What do I do?
Please ask for assistance from our team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call or text 312-961-1030 for assistance.