Two major fund-raisers help support AUUF operations. In addition to generating dollars, these events provide forums for fellowship and fun among AUUF members, friends and guests who participate:
Annual Dinner / Auction
The fellowship's Annual Dinner- Auction is usually hosted at the AUUF facility on the first Saturday in November. The event has a dual purpose: fellowship and fund-raising. Presentations often include a look back at the year's accomplishments and a look forward to where we want to be. This event brings more than 100 AUUF members, friends, family and guests together to enjoy a great meal that showcases prized recipes and favorite home-made dishes. Funds are raised through silent and live auctions featuring literally hundreds of items appealing to a wide audience.
Dinner is provided at no cost and child-care is available for children younger than 12.
AUUF members and friends can support the Dinner-Auction event by:
Bring a dish!
Bring a dessert! Particularly yummy desserts are featured in a separate dessert auction
Donate an Item that you think will appeal and inspire generous bids. Complete the Item Donation form (link below) and submit it with your donation(s).
Attend the event! Share your company and bid on auction items.
The auction event is a major fund-raiser for the fellowship. A volunteer-led planning committee solicits item donations and organizes live and silent auction bidding action. Proceeds underwrite a portion of the AUUF operations budget, which supports community and social service programs, family-oriented activities and facility improvements to increase operational and energy efficiency. The planning committee establishes a Facebook Event page to provide the latest information about items that will be up for bid and other dinner / auction details and photos.
The 2019 AUUF Annual Dinner-Auction was held Saturday, November 2 at the fellowship.
Auction Item Donation Request Letter (to Businesses)
This often sell-out adventure brings Unitarian Universalists from all over the country to explore Alaska for two weeks in the middle of our midnight sun summers. Four of Alaska's UU fellowships (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Sitka) host the UU travelers in their respective communities. In Anchorage, AUUF volunteers will:
host a dinner gathering with home-made recipes often featuring Alaska's bounty
open their homes to provide overnight accommodations
lead or guide hikes and adventures in and around Anchorage
provide airport pickup and other ground transportation
In return, participating UU congregations earn a share of the event proceeds, based on what their volunteers can provide. Since 2016, two Whalecoast Alaska tours are organized each summer; one in June and one in July. Dates for 2019:
June 8-13 "National Park Tour" - starts in Anchorage (banquet at AUUF June 9)
July 10-12 "All Alaska Tour" - starts in Fairbanks (banquet at AUUF July 11)
Check out these materials from the most recent Whale Coast Alaska events, and stay tuned for the 2020 schedule.
Whalecoast Alaska 2019 Anchorage Schedule - details on dates and activities
Whalecoast Alaska 2019 Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs for AUUF Hosts and Helpers
Visit the Whale Coast Alaska website for more information about this exceptional travel adventure.
Note: WhaleCoast Alaska is looking for a new tour director. Dave Frey (of Fairbanks) has decided that it's time to pass the torch. He feels that it would be an advantage to have someone from Anchorage apply. The new director will "learn the ropes" in 2020, then plan and direct the 2021 WhaleCoast Alaska tour program. This is not a volunteer position. The new tour director can earn income from future successful tours. Read more