Auction 2022

Our Annual Auction will be held on 

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Yeehaw! What a boot kickin’ time!

Thank you to all who came to party the night away! Your generosity and support for our shared community means the world. We could not be any luckier. Thank you, thank you!

Take a moment to look at this special video of all our littles hopping back in the saddle – what an inspiration!

Congratulations to all the live auction winners. And congratulations to the cornhole winners Jamie and Will Rose!!

Check out the hilarious photobooth gallery from the party at Pickering Barn!


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Register here!  to participate in the virtual silent auction.

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The virtual silent auction is open until Wednesday April 6 at 7pm.

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Raise the paddle donations are open until midnight on April 7.

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View our online catalog at our Auctria Auction site.


We have some AMAZING items this year! View the talents of your community members with live and silent auction items in this year’s Back in the Saddle Auction Catalog. Flip through the catalog above or visit our online catalog via the button below.


Virtual Photo Booth

Can’t make it tonight? Check out our VIRTUAL photo booth! Both live event attendees and those from afar can snap pics, create GIFs and add digital stickers and props to share in our Back in the Saddle photo gallery. Photos will be posted in real time, so everyone join the photo fun. Tap the photobooth to get started. Link goes live at 7pm!

To visit the virtual photo booth:

  1. Tap the link! (Link goes live Friday at 7pm. It works best with Chrome or Safari.)
  2. Snap a selfie or upload a picture from your camera roll.
  3. Approve the picture.
  4. Add digital stickers or props.
  5. Share! Pictures will automatically upload to the event gallery to share memories with the rest of the Garden families and friends.

All virtual booth photos will be texted to you to share on social media or with friends and family.


Do you know Issaquah’s best kept secret?
We asked Mayor Mary Lou Pauly and this is what she said.
I think it is known but maybe only celebrated once a year and I love visiting it all year. The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. There is no other location like this one that can showcase and highlight the annual return of salmon to spawn. It was the first thing we fell in love within town. My children’s Opa (grandfather) would visit every fall and stay for weeks and he would visit the hatchery daily during the migration. He was a large animal veterinarian and loved all animals, domestic and wild. When he passed, we bought a memorial brick to celebrate his love of the Hatchery so that when we visit we can walk by to see it. I encourage everyone to visit many times a year, and not just during Salmon Days. The salmon start coming near the end of August and stop coming up in early December. It’s really a one-of-a kind adventure in town.
Best wishes for a great auction!
Mary Lou Pauly, Mayor
We totally agree. In fact many of Issaquah’s hidden gems can be found in this years catalog! Most of these experiences are meant to be shared with friends and family. Will you be teaming up with other families to win an experience? Did your best kept secret make it into our auction? If it didn’t, the time is now to share what you think Issaquah’s best kept secret is and we can’t wait to hear.
Find out our donors and Garden families’ secrets at the Gazebo next week and you can also leave a post it note sharing your secret on the board. If you don’t pass through the Gazebo feel free to email Ali Lapinsky at and your secret will be shared. Ready… go!


We need volunteers to help with set up, tear down, and check in on auction day! You can sign up on the sheet in the gazebo or by emailing


Be on the lookout for sign ups for each class to participate in a corn hole bracket style tournament! The sign up will be in the gazebo.

Bracket play is simple. Each numbered line should contain 2 names, they will be team mates. The winning team from each round will move on to the next bracket. Loser is out. The top 2 teams from each class will be added to our auction day bracket and compete against the other classes and teachers for bragging rights and a trophy


Many warm thanks to our supporters at Carpinito Brothers for their generosity in being an event sponsor. 


The Garden has a long tradition of coming together as a community around the auction. We all have a role to play in making this the biggest, most successful fundraiser of the year! It is the most impactful way to ensure that students at the Garden continue to have the amazing experiences in this program, next year and beyond.

Here is what you can do:

1) Class Baskets

Each cohort comes together around a basket, brainstorming and collecting items that truly reflect what people are really wanting! Examples from last year include a Family Game Night basket (board games and snacks) and a Gardening basket (complete with home-made planter, dirt, tools, plants, etc.).

2) Class Art Projects

  • Come up with an idea for an art project for your cohort that will be created with the help of teachers at school
  • Nominate a parent from each cohort to take the lead in managing the project and coordinating with teachers
  • Think about what kind of artwork you would like in your house
  • Brainstorm ideas. Remember, your class will likely be the one to bid on it so plan on doing something you would want to bid on.
  • Share your ideas with the teachers. They are so creative and after having done many art projects over the years, they are a great resource.

3) Personal Contribution

  • Do you own or work at a business that can contribute goods, services, or gift cards? (Examples such as estate planning, car detailing)
  • Do you have season tickets that you can donate? (Kraken, Sounders, Storm, Mariners, Seahawks)
  • Do you have a vacation rental to offer?
  • Some auction items are group experiences – Dino Day, Fairy Day, group cooking classes, etc – when the auction catalog comes out, plan ahead with other families to design a group bidding strategy to win the prize!

4) Volunteer

  • We need a few hands to help us reach out to local businesses. You won’t be asking for money, simply telling them a little about the Garden and offering them the chance to be a part of our event and get some visibility in our community.

View and download our Procurement Roadmap where you’ll find a step-by-step overview of the different ways you can help the school, along with the contact information for the fundraising team.

View, fill and download our Auction Donation Form