"Cigars, Bourbon & Benefactors" generally earns $35,000 from its unmatched live and silent auctions, which feature everything from rare liquors to cigars and accessories, man-cave and she-shed décor, original art, handmade jewelry, collectables, and more. Consider a tax-deductible donation of a one-of-a-kind, bucket list, or experiential item or activity that comes with bragging rights. Bidding wars start when an item can't be purchased in stores.
People love raffles! They generate excitement, which increases charitable giving at the event. Items that are sold in stores, but might otherwise be a splurge, are popular. Think, high-end grills, 4K TVs, trips, indulgent gift baskets, electronics, gift cards, dinner parties, season tickets, appliances, etc.