Silent Auction Sneak Peek

Join AAJA for this convention classic and bid on items of all sizes while enjoying a complimentary beer or two. The auction raises thousands of dollars annually for scholarships, student programs and professional development programs. All items are generously donated by sponsors. Here’s a sneak peek:

Fashion / Retail

  • Designer Handbag: Michael Kors Large Harper Tote
  • Hello Kitty Rolling Suitcase & Handbag: Voyage to exciting places with a super cute Sanrio Hello Kitty Rolling Travel Case. This suitcase includes interior straps and adjustable handle.
  • Shanghai Tang Mongolian Polo Cup bag: Stylish and sporty, this Mongolian Polo Cup bag looks ready for adventure. Made from sturdy washed canvas, with equestrian-style leather details, it is perfectly sized for a weekend escape.
  • Shanghai Tang Knot Silk Braid ClutchAn elegant clutch with signature Chinese details, this has all the hallmarks of a Shanghai Tang classic. The endless knot design symbolises infinity and longevity, and brings good luck. The clutch can be worn with a chain, and there is an open pocket inside.
  • Dalia Macphee One shoulder ruched taffeta gown in Lilac: Los Angeles-based fashion designer Dalia Macphee has seen her gowns worn by celebrities like The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev, Glee’s Amber Riley, The L Word’s Jennifer Beals and Dancing with the Stars’ Niecy Nash, Hillary Duff, Alyssa Milano and others.
  • Nooka Zirc Watches: The Zirc Watch is a unique Nooka design, that combines the familiarity of the conventional analog clock face and the clockwise rotation of an hour hand with Nooka’s intuitive concept of time. 


  • Google Nexus 5 Smartphone: 32 GB (white), unlocked. Built by LG. 4.59 oz and 8.59 mm thin, it’s the most powerful Nexus phone yet. 4G/LTE. 5″ display. Android 4.4, KitKat. Just supply your own SIM card. With $25 Google Play card.
  • Samsung Gear Live: Samsung Gear Live is a wearable Android advice that gives you useful information exactly when you need it. Read messages, schedule reminders, see flight information, get turn-by-turn navigation, and more. Use the “Ok Google” voice command to get things done, from sending text messages and scheduling meetings to asking about the weather. Compatible phone required.
  • LinkedIn Premium Executive membership: Get the most from your LinkedIn membership. Key features include 25 InMails (direct messages) per month with a 7-day response guarantee; expanded profile views and a total of 700 search results outside your network; 35 introductions that you can use to have your connections introduce you to their connections; and full name visibility when looking at your third-degree network members or group connections.
  • Nook HD+ 9″ Tablet: The best in reading – now with the best Android™ apps, games, movies, music & more. Comes with a protective cover.



  • Two Round-trip Air Tickets (Virgin America): Two round-trip tickets for domestic economy travel to anywhere Virgin America flies in the U.S.
  • Big Island, Hi (Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa): Enjoy three night stay in a ocean view room for two. At Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, discover our stunning beachfront location packed with shopping, dining and entertainment that are a step above other hotels on the Big Island.
  • Honolulu (Halekulani): Three-night stay at the Halekulani, a luxury oceanfront hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Honolulu (Hilton)Deluxe ocean view accommodation for two for four nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.
  • Houston (Hilton): Two-night weekend stay for two at the Hilton Americas Houston Hotel.
  • Los Angelos (Palomar): Two-night stay in deluxe guest room at the Hotel Palomar in Westwood
  • New York City (The Tuscany Hotel): Two-night weekend stay in the Penthouse of The Tuscany Hotel in New York City.
  • Maui (Wailea Beach Beach Marriott Resort & Spa): Enjoy three night stay in a ocean view room for two. An ideal location among Maui resorts, our breathtaking accommodations are located between two beautiful beaches with pristine white sands and endless blue water. Capture the panorama of our oceanfront setting from our new infinity-edge pool, featuring overwater cabanas with panoramic views not found at other resorts on Maui.
  • Sacramento (Sheraton Grand): Escape to California’s Capitol city for a weekend getaway. Enjoy a two-night weekend stay in a standard room at the Sheraton Grand in Downtown Sacramento.
  • Sacramento (Citizen Hotel): Enjoy a one-night weekend stay in a deluxe king guestroom at Joie de Vivre’s Citizen Hotel, along with dinner for two at the Grange Restaurant in Downtown Sacramento.
  • Scottsdale  (The Phoenician Resort): Enjoy a two-night stay in a deluxe view guestroom at The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort.
  • Scottsdale (Montelucia): 3-night stay at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia



  • Aveda Basket: Beauty basket featuring assorted salon-quality Aveda products.
  • StriVectin Basket: The StriVectin beauty basket features best-selling and award-winning products, including SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks, Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles, Advanced Retinol Night Treatment, Instant Retexturizing Scrub and more.
  • Clinique Basket: The Clinique beauty basket includes Clinique Eye Cream, Mascara and “Mega Bonus” Beauty Bag.
  • Julep Beauty box: Full sized Rock Star Hand Crème, Mint Condition Pedi Crème and a bottle of nail polish.


  • Memorabilia: Memorabilia including an official NFL football signed by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (No. 28).
  • Memorabilia: The Seattle Seahawks won the first Super Bowl in franchise history on Feb. 2, 2014, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8. This full-size football commemorates the victory, one white leather panel with the date and result, another panel with a scene of the New York skyline and a black panel that is signed by the Seahawks’ coach in silver Sharpie. It’s a unique collectible, a must have for any fan of the Seahawks or coach Pete Carroll.
  • Chicago Bulls Tickets: Pair of 100-level tickets to a Chicago Bulls home game during the 2014-15 season. Winner will be able to select from more than a dozen games.


  • Chicago or Petaluma, Calif: Brewer for a Day” VIP Party for 10 at Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • New York City: Four American Museum of Natural History super voucher tickets, good for general admission, special exhibitions, 3D movie, Planetarium show, plus three books: “The Ultimate Guide (a new guidebook for the Museum)”, “Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History”, and “Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole.”
  • Minnesota: Nickelodeon Universe passes and two Moose Mountain Adventure Golf passes at the Mall of America
  • North Korea: North Korean wine from the DMZ gift shop at Panmunjom on the border between South Korea and North Korea.
  • Philadelphia: Private tour of the collection of your choice (includes admission) for up to 10 people at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Philadelphia: Patron-level Barnes Foundation membership for one adult. Membership includes complimentary admission without reservations, two Collection Gallery guest passes, previews of special exhibits and more.

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