To help figure out what's best to do, I've made a poll (see below). Whatever gets the most votes may not be the final decision - things may be averaged or blended - but it's good food for thought. Comments and questions about any of this please, as I've never set up one of these before - and help from someone who has would be much appreciated.
When should the auction start?
The comm should remain open for offerings until....
The auctions should close, so winners can start making donations, on
Should donations to various aid groups and agencies count?