We are pleased to announce we will again
be using ONLINE BIDDING at this year's Main Event, allowing for a
completely paperless bidding system. With online bidding, you will bid
electronically on silent auction items using your smartphone, tablet
(iPad, Samsung Galaxy, etc.), or with the help of a “Bid Buddy” located
throughout the Noble Center. You can easily track your desired items by
following their activity from your mobile device, without having to
return to the actual item. There will be no auction bidding sheets on
the display tables, which will eliminate overcrowding around auction
Online bidding will make the event run more efficiently from registration to checkout.
Mobile Bidding FAQs
What are the benefits of mobile bidding?
All silent auction items are available on your mobile device. There is
no need for a paper catalog. Once bidding starts, you will be alerted
on your mobile device when you have been outbid, so you can instantly
respond with another bid. Bidding can occur at any location within the
auction itself, whether you are in line for the bar or mingling with
friends. You do not have to be at the display tables to make a bid. At
the end of the evening, the check out process will run efficiently
because your credit card information will have been entered into our
system prior to the event and you will be notified on your mobile device
of the items you've won.
How can I participate in online bidding?
To participate in online bidding, pre-registration of your mobile device is recommended.
Once you check in the night of the event you will receive a text with a website to launch for bidding.
What about attendees who don't own or don't wish to use mobile devices?
If you don't have a phone or if you have questions about your bid number
or how to place a bid, you can look for the "Bid Buddies" stationed
throughout the venue for assistance. These Bid Buddies are special
volunteers stationed throughout the Main Event with electronic devices,
who will be able to help you log in with your bid number and amounts.
They will also be available to assist with questions and uncertainties.
Will this work for both smartphones and standard mobile phones?
can bid with any mobile device, even tablets! With smartphones and
tablets, you can browse, search and bid via a mobile-optimized version
of our auction website.
When registering your mobile device, you will be provided a custom URL for bidding purposes.
With standard mobile phones, you can bid and receive alerts via text messaging.
How does bidding via text messaging work?
Text messaging will be available for those with standard mobile phones.
Instruction sheets will be provided for those who wish to use this option.
There are no fees for auction-related messages sent and received by the
auction software; however, you may incur message fees depending on your
personal text-messaging plan.
St. Matthew School
795 Havens Corners Road
Gahanna, Ohio 43230
If you have questions, would like to volunteer, or want to donate to
or sponsor The Main Event, please contact this year’s Chair: