It's been an... eventful couple of months. I have not blogged as often as I should. I will do better now, I promise.
My first mailing, of 75 or so letters, went out in late January. Which is much later than I intended. But I must be livin' clean or something, since the donations have been coming back fast and furious. I've entered some of what I have received into our school auction website - go see what I've received so far (click the "Catalog" link at the top of that page.)
The mind-blowing discovery of the week came when I found this company: Versaic (here is their client list, and here is a shorter, even more partial version of the client list, but one with links to the company pages.
Versaic provides online donation-request forms and sponsorship-request forms for various national companies. Which makes them very useful to auction chairs like me.