Wednesday, January 11


We're extending our pre-auction bidding for Taste of the South. See a package you're interested in? Send your bid via email to Melissa Hall at by 5:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, January 12. Remember, minimum bid is FMV and your email should include your maximum bid as well as complete credit card information. Melissa will call you on the 17th to let you know if you won!

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Taste of the South ll Blackberry Farm ll January 12-15, 2012

Last year, dollars raised at Taste of the South helped initiate a number of key projects. This school year, buoyed by your support, we hired our first post-doctoral foodways fellow and began offering graduate level foodways classes.

Friends of the SFA who are unable to attend Taste of the South at Blackberry Farm, but who would like to bid on one of the items in the auction catalog, may do so. Here's how it works:

Send your maximum bid for an auction package to Melissa Hall at, along with your credit card number, expiration date, security code, mailing address, and phone number no later than Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Noon CST. Be sure to designate which auction package interests you when you submit your maximum bid. If you do not feel comfortable sending your credit card information via email, please leave this information on Melissa's private voicemail at 662-915-3366. All information must be received by the SFA by the January 11 Noon deadline for auction bids to be accepted.

Fair market value is the minimum for any bid; the maximum bid is up to you and your pocket book. If you bid $5000 and at the end of the auction the highest bidder at Blackberry Farm bids $4500, then you will win the item. If bidding at Blackberry exceeds $5000, you will not win the item. On January 18, Melissa Hall will call SFA friends who placed proxy bids to let them know if they have won the item.


Generous Bidding is good for the SFA, and it’s good for the bidder, too. According to the IRS, donors who purchase items at a charity auction may claim a charitable contribution deduction for the difference between the fair market value of the item and the purchase price.

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your bidding!