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Benefit Auction

All the Wild Wonders was a great success!

The Fiddlehead Fling Benefit Auction — celebrating All the Wild Wonderstook place on Friday, May 3. The results were record-breaking, and $223,000 was raised for science education programs! Special thanks to the many volunteers, bidders, donors, and sponsors who made this event possible.

View a slideshow of the event on Flickr.

All proceeds of the Montshire Benefit Auction support the Museum’s science education programs, which bring the joy of learning and discovery to thousands of students and families each year.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Auction Registration

Online registration for the Fiddlehead Fling Benefit Auction on May 3 is now closed.

The event begins at 6pm and you are welcome to register at the door.

Your $100/person registration provides you with delicious hors d’oeuvres by Christophe Chef Services, dessert by King Arthur Flour, two complimentary beverages and a cash bar from Maple Street Catering. Arrive by 6:30 pm to enjoy a special sip of sparkling wine on us!

Groups of 8 or more save $10 per person when placing reservations together. Names for attendees must be provided. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited.

If you cannot attend, you are invited to make a fully tax-deductible donation to Fund a Need.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Auction Items

Visit our Auction Items page to view the 2019 auction catalog.

Tax Deductibility

Items donated to the Benefit Auction are tax-deductible according to the tax basis (not the fair market value). In general, if the total charitable deduction claimed for non-cash property exceeds $500, the taxpayer must file IRS Form 8283. For property valued at more than $5,000, a written appraisal may be required.

For items and services purchased at the Benefit Auction, any amount paid that exceeds the fair market value may be tax-deductible. Reservation fees and raffle entries are not tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for more details or advice.

Item Donations

If you would like to donate an item to the 2020 auction, please call 802-649-2200 ext. 249 or email

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Auction Raffle

The 2019 Raffle Item: SOLD OUT

A unique opportunity for elegance! Courtesy of Von Bargen’s Jewelry, these beautiful rose-cut diamond snap hoops–designed and created by Paul Morelli–are 18 carat white gold with vintage style rose cut diamonds, accented by modern round brilliant cut diamonds. The diamonds together weigh 0.76 carats.

Earrings from Von Bargen’s Jewelry

Value: $4800

Only 100 raffle entries will be sold. You need not be present to win.


Plus (click or tap to expand) + Fund a Need

Fund a Need is a special component of the auction that allows you to make a donation in support of a specific community need.

You can still make a fully tax-deductible donation to Fund a Need. Click here to donate.

Live Auction

Raise your paddle during the Live Auction to help the Montshire support rural teachers, schools, and communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire through high-quality STEM programming. Outreach and teacher professional development programs are strengthening science education throughout our region!

Fund a Need bidding starts at the highest amount. Then the auctioneer will ask for donations at subsequent lower amounts. ALL bids are accepted as donations.

  • $5,000
  • $2,500
  • $1,000
  • $500
  • $250
  • $100

Silent Auction

Guests will be able to fund specific community needs during the Silent Auction as well. Choose from among three components of the Warm Welcome program, which supports families with low incomes: scholarships, low-cost memberships, and free passes for local human service agencies.

Learn more about this year’s Fund a Need.