Going Once, Going Twice: ACFE Silent Auction Opens



Sarah Ellis

ACFE Event Marketing Specialist

While there won’t be a chanting auctioneer to call out the bids of this auction, the ACFE Foundation-sponsored Silent Auction at this year’s ACFE Fraud Conference will still be as entertaining as two ranch hands in a bidding war at a cattle sale.

The beautiful thing about this Silent Auction is all of the proceeds are donated to the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship program. Last year, $53,000 in scholarships were awarded, and since the launch of auction, more than $300,000 in scholarships has been distributed to deserving students all over the world.

I have always been amazed by how generous we can be. I remember entering college and applying for scholarships myself. I also remember how grateful I felt when I received a one. It is even more rewarding to be on the giving end. Anyone can be a part of this by donating to the foundation or bidding and taking home a prize.

The auction opened Wednesday, May 11, and ends June 10, before re-opening live at the ACFE Fraud Conference, June 12. We are excited about the new display which will house the items at the Conference. It’s fancy! We have been collecting donations for months from corporations, local ACFE chapters, and individuals, and now there’s a big stack of loot for the taking. Well, bidding, that is.

More than 20, yes, TWENTY hotel-stay packages from all over the worldwill be up for auction. A Tiffany’s necklace. Yes, that’s right. For the readers, and collectors among you, there is a signed collection of books written by Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, founder and Chairman of the ACFE, and not to mention one of his infamous framed Hawaiian shirts!

Personally I have my eye on a beautiful Native American-style silver necklace with turquoise stones… so I’m ready to start bidding! Are you?

To view the auction items, go here. What is the coolest thing you have ever won at an auction? Leave us your comments below.