ST. PAUL, Minn. (Nov. 1, 2016) – The Affinity Plus Foundation launches its fourteenth-annual Silent Auction Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. CST. The popular auction runs through Monday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. CST.

Foundation Director Amy Hanson said the auction has more than 400 baskets or items to bid on, including baskets featuring:

• Minnesota Wild and Timberwolves tickets;
• gift cards from numerous restaurants and specialty shops including Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Caribou Coffee and Starbucks;
• gift cards from popular attractions including Mall of America’s Crayola Experience, Nickelodeon Universe, Moose Mountain and Sea Life.

“Our Silent Auction is one of three key ways we raise funds for our Foundation programs,” Hanson said. “The golf and fishing tournaments are fun, community-focused ways to get involved. What’s great about our silent auction is that you can support the foundation from the comfort of your own home.”

Net proceeds primarily help fund the foundation’s Community Grants and Cultivator grants, which the Foundation distributes annually across Minnesota to support financial literacy and education.

Anyone 21 and older is eligible to bid on auction items, and the foundation offers convenient pick-up at an Affinity Plus branch location near the bidder.

Participants follow a simple registration and, after the auction, winning bidders receive email notification of their successful bids. The foundation accepts cash, check and credit card as payment, Hanson said.

Founded in 2000, the Affinity Plus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) serving Minnesota communities. The Foundation proudly administers its own scholarship programs, awards grants to nonprofit groups and schools, and supports financial education initiatives through partnerships, presentations, and resources. The Foundation operates on funds generated from its annual golf and fishing tournaments; silent auction; from Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union; and from generous donations from community members who believe in and support financial education.