Annual Auction & Gala

March 1, 2014

The 18th Annual PILF Auction & Gala will be held at the Durham Convention Center in Downtown Durham.

The PILF Auction & Gala has typically been our most successful fundraising activity, and a good opportunity for grant applicants to volunteer their time. The auction is held every year in the spring, and tends to be one of the most entertaining organized activities of the year. Auction night consists of food, drinks, a silent auction, and a live auction. The items at auction will be donations solicited by PILF throughout the year from law firms, local businesses, faculty, students, and alumni. Popular items have included a law school parking lot pass, vacation time shares, Duke Basketball paraphernalia, dinners with professors, guitar lessons, and climbing trips.

You can support PILF by (1) coming to the auction, (2) bidding on an item, (3) donating an item, (4) sponsoring the auction, or (5) volunteering.

Proxy bid:
If you would like to bid on an item but are unable to attend the auction, you can place a proxy bid. To do so, email the Auction Manager, Chad Turner, with “Proxy Bidding” in the subject line.  In your email, please include the name of the item you wish to bid for and your maximum bid. A student will be assigned to bid on your behalf throughout the auction. The student will bid as if they were you, attempting to win the item at the lowest price while not exceeding your maximum bid.

Donate an auction item:
If you would like to donate an item to be auctioned, please email our Auction Donations Coordinator, Joe Oehmke, with your contact information, a description of the item you would like to donate, and the item’s estimated value.

Donate money or become a sponsor:
Monetary donations are always welcome. Please visit our donations page to learn more.

We have plenty of sponsorship opportunities. If you are an interested law firm, please contact our Law Firm Coordinator, Ryan Marcus.  If you are an interested alum or faculty member, please contact our Alumni and Faculty Coordinator, Judea Davis.

Tax deductions:
All donations to PILF are tax deductible. You will be sent a receipt for any donations you make, including item donations.

Contact our Auction Manager, Chad Turner, with any other questions regarding the auction. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Zharna Shah, for volunteer information.