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Let the Bidding Begin! Our First Mobile Auction!

We are so excited to announce that our auction has gone mobile this year! The Silent Auction at the Open Arms 10th Anniversary Gala will be using Handbid – a mobile silent auction platform that allows you to bid from your smartphone.  The best news is, you don’t have to be at the Gala to participate!  

The Auction officially opens (insert drum roll here)……RIGHT NOW!  We have several items open for bidding as a part of our Pre-Auction:

  • Romantic Weekend in Washington, DC
  • Landsdowne Golf Club – round of golf for four
  • Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop Bundle
  • Raffle Tickets – 6 for $20 (Pre-Auction Only Price)
  • and more….

All of the auction items will be available to bid beginning at 6:30 PM EST on Friday.

You can find all the details on these items and the other 30+ items in the Silent Auction by downloading the App to your phone or iPad today.  This will also save you time at checkin by getting setup and bidding before you arrive!


If you have an iPhone or Android, you can download the Handbid app from the Apple iTunes App Store or the Google Play store. From your phone you can also goto http://mobile.handbid.com and follow the link to “Get the App”.

Please note we strongly recommend you “Accept notifications from this App” when you open it. This will allow you to get push notifications for  “Outbid” messages during the auction.


Next you can create an account. From the App home screen, tap on “GET STARTED” button and complete the information (please use your cell phone as the phone number). Tap NEXT.

Handbid will text you a 5 digit code.  Enter this code to login.

Once you are logged in, select Open Arms Gala from the list of auctions and START BIDDING!


Whether you are bidding online or in the Handbid App, here are some easy tips to help:

  • MAX BID:This is the max you are willing to spend for an item and Handbid system will automatically bid for you until you reach your max.  Set a max bid and enjoy your evening!
  • NOTIFICATIONS:If you have downloaded the Handbid App and accepted push notifications, you will be notified by push notifications when you are outbid on an item.  If you don’t have the app you will receive text messages from Handbid.
  • DASHBOARD: Monitor what you are currently winning and losing on the Dashboard screen in your app or online.

No smartphone? No problem.

You will be able to access the auction through a web browser at URL:https://www.handbid.com/[AUCTION URL] or we will have iPad’s available at the event to get you signed up and bidding.

We can’t wait to see you at the Gala this Friday!

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