VAM 2023: Gala organizers seek auction donations


The “Great Gatsby Gala” Committee is turning its attention to gathering auction items to entice bidders in both the Live and Silent auctions. 

The sky’s the limit, organizers say—anyone up for donating rides in a hot-air balloon, for example? In the past, members have donated weekend or even week-long stays at vacation homes across the country, in the mountains, and along the water. There even have been trips offered on other continents. In 2022, multiple people donated stays of five-to-seven days at their vacation homes or timeshares, raising more than $30,000 in donations. 

All proceeds benefit the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation. The Gala, with its Roaring Twenties-inspired theme, harkening the days of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic, The Great Gatsby, will take place Friday, June 16, during VAM 2023. 

Though the Gala’s Live Auction will be available only to ticket-holders, anyone, anywhere, can bid on the Silent Auction prizes, via computer. Those items will be available in early June, ahead of the Gala itself, with bidding closing during the event. Artwork from Chris Robb and a gift card to Enrico Cuini already have been donated. To donate items for the auctions, email [email protected]. 


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