Wild West AuctionFrequently Asked Questions
What do I wear?
This is a very casual party crowd where jeans are most common. The auction is Western themed, so get those cowboy hats ready! The only thing we ask is that you come and leave wearing clothes.
Where do I park?
Parking will be available anywhere downtown Boise. The closest parking garages to the Boise Centre are:
- 9th & Front St.
- Wells Fargo
Where does my money go?
To the Boys & Girls, of course! The Wild West Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year and all of your ticket and auction item purchases go toward Club operations to benefit the more than 4,600 kids we will serve in 2019. Academic programs, leadership clubs, sports leagues . . . you name it! All funds stay right here in Ada County.
What's for dinner?
The Boise Centre will be serving up a Western spread of barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. The vegetarian option is a Vegetable Wellington. You’ll also get a mixed green salad with fresh rolls and delicious cobbler for dessert.
How do I collect my items and pay?
You just head back to the Check-in/out terminals and have them help you check-out. (Be sure to give staff enough time to enter all the items…in other words don’t go to see what you won at 6:30 p.m. Please wait until the Live auction has started). After payment, staff will pull up your bidder number and provide you with a receipt. You WILL need that receipt to get your items. In the beginning of the night when you check in you can put a credit card on file for quicker check-out. Otherwise you can pay with cash or check at the end of the night. *If your receipt claims that there is a certificate to pickup be sure to head to the certificate line to claim it.
Is there really free beer and wine?
Yes. There is free select beer and wine during the silent auction. And many, many cabs and Ubers.
Can you tell me more about the night's schedule?
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. You can bid on silent and super silent auction items as soon as you walk through the doors. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. The live auction will begin at 8 p.m. and be over no later than 10 p.m.
Silent & Almost-Live Auctions: Both of these will open at 5:30 pm. Be sure to arrive on time so you have enough time to scope out all of the items. We usually house over 200 of them! Individual auction tables will close one-at-a-time beginning at 6:30. Make sure you stick around the tables with the items you want as they close to make sure you’re the winner. There are some really smart (and sneaky) cherry pickers!
Live Auction: When it comes time to bid on the live auction, all you have to do is learn how to stretch your arm really high in the air and get noticed. A spotter will find you and help you get your item. The live auction moves fast, so be sure to read through your program and decide what items you want to bid on ahead of time. If you do win, a runner will have you sign a bid sheet with your name and bidder number and it’s all yours!
How do I bid on items?
We recommend that you pre-register for the auction and skip the lines…but if you forget- we’ll still help you! When you arrive, just look for the check-in/out terminals. Here, our staff will collect your contact information and give you the all-important bidder number. This is your key to success. Write that number legibly on the items that you want and then watch the fun begin!
I can't afford any of the auctions items... can I?
Actually, you can! There is something for everyone. In our silent auction items, you can find great deals on spa certificates and dinner dates. We also have a raffle. For only $25 per ticket, you could be the lucky winner!