Tailgate 2020

Fundraising Competition Between MSU and U of M Fans to Benefit VINA Dental

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About TAILGATE 2020

The VINA Tailgate is back . . . but this year, it's a Virtual Tailgate Party!   Kickoff was October 8 and the event ends on October 30 at 6:00 pm ~ the day before the big game!  We'll have online auction items, the popular Dollar-for-Dollar items (now 'Buy It Now $4$'), live videos and more. 

REGISTER to be a BIDDER ~ Click the 'Register Now' button above
Become a SPONSOR with this Sponsorship Sheet or click 'Sponsor' at the top of this page
QUESTIONS? Check out the FAQs below or conact Jim Gilmore at jgilmore@vinadental.org

The event is still a friendly competition between MICHIGAN and MICHIGAN STATE fans to see who can raise the most money for VINA Dental. We've added 'Team Scrambles', too -- short periods of time within the 3 weeks where the team ahead gets a highlight shared to social media and websites.  

We have couple of great TEAM CAPTAINS to lead their sides to victory:  Longtime Michigan fan, local banker, and Stadium Security Coordinator, Bill Anderson is wearing the “C” for the Wolverines, while MSU Class of ’64 alum and publisher of The Marketeer George Moses is the captain of the MSU team

WHO'S AHEAD RIGHT NOW?
CURRENT TEAM STANDINGS ~ Thursday, October 29
ONE MORE DAY! 

MSU: $10,548
Michigan: $6,936
Neutral: $550


FAQs

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT 'Buy It Now $4$' items:  When you click on a $4$ item to buy it, be sure to click '$$ Buy Now -' and NOT 'FastBid'.  If you click 'FastBid', that item becomes biddable and you can be outbid!

I PAID FOR MY ITEMS -- WHEN (AND HOW) WILL I GET A RECEIPT?
If you have an email on file with us, you will get a receipt at that email address as soon as your payment is PROCESSED on the credit card you have on file. If you've paid for your item(s) and haven't yet gotten your receipt, it's because the credit card process is not yet completed. Your receipt will show the items you purchased, their Fair Market Value (FMV) and the amount you paid over that FMV.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO BID?
Register to become a bidder by clicking the 'REGISTER NOW' button above, or click 'Login/Register' at the top of this page. You'll need to provide your name and contact information, as well as a credit card for checkout (of course, you won't be charged anything unless you're a winning bidder or authorize a donation) Since your team affiliation as a bidder is important for the TEAM BLUE or TEAM GREEN competition, you'll receive a message asking you to email your favorite team (MSU, U of M or NEUTRAL) to fundraising@vinadental.org   That email address and the reminder will be sent to you in your confirmation email, too.  

HOW DO I PLACE A BID?
Once you've registered as a bidder, you'll receive a bidder number.  At the Tailgate 2020 home page, you'll see a white box right below the Welcome.  Enter your bidder number, or the phone number or email that you entered when you registered.  You'll be directed to a page where you enter the password you set up when you registered.  Then you're in and can bid on auction items or buy the Buy it Now/$4$ items.  PLEASE NOTE:  Once you leave the auction site, you'll need to log back in again at your next visit, so you'll want to remember your password!  Forgot your password?  See the next question...

WHAT IF I FORGET MY PASSWORD?
If you forget your password, there's a 'Forgot?' link right next to the password box.  When you click on it, you'll be directed to a page where you can enter your phone number or email address and the auction site will reset your password for you.  There's also a 'Go Back' button, in case you remember your password and don't want it reset.  

HOW DO I BECOME A SPONSOR?
To become a sponsor, click on 'Sponsor' at the top of this page or print and fill out this Sponsorship sheet

WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENTS DO YOU TAKE?
The Tailgate auction is credit card only, and we're not able to accept cash or checks for items purchased.  Sponsorships can be paid a credit card online or by check simply by printing the sponsorship form and mailing it with your check to VINA Community Dental Center, 400 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton, MI 48116

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH TEAM I SUPPORT?
Unfortunately, there's no place on the registration form for your team affiliation, so you'll need to let us know if you favor TEAM BLUE or TEAM GREEN (or are NEUTRAL).  You can email this information, with your name and favorite team, to fundraising@vinadental.org   That email address and the reminder will be sent to you in your confirmation email, too.  

WHERE ARE THE DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR GIFT CARDS?
Dollar-for-Dollar items (or $4$) are found in the item list below and marked 'Buy it Now $4$' in the lower right hand corner. They're gift cards that you buy for their exact face value. The purchase amount goes to VINA and you can use the cards at your favorite restaurants and stores! These are immediate purchase items, not auctions for bidding. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT 'Buy It Now $4$' items:  When you click on one to buy it, be sure to click '$$ Buy Now -' and NOT 'FastBid'.  If you click 'FastBid', that item becomes biddable and you can be outbid!

HOW DO I BID ON AN ITEM?
First, you must be registered as a bidder. You'll get a confirmation email with your BIDDER NUMBER, which you can use to bid on items or purchase 'Buy It Now' items. Check back often to see if you're still the winning bidder! All auctions will close on October 30. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT 'Buy It Now $4$' items:  When you click on one to buy it, be sure to click '$$ Buy Now -' and NOT 'FastBid'.  If you click 'FastBid', that item becomes biddable and you can be outbid!  

WHEN WILL I PAY FOR MY ITEMS?
After the end of the event, you'll be able to check out and pay for the items you won.  Your credit card will not be charged until you go through this process and authorize the payment.

HOW DO I PICK UP MY ITEMS?
We'll have a designated date and place to pick up your items after the end of the event.  As a winning bidder or Buy It Now purchaser, you'll be notified of the pick up information after the event.


Current Sponsors

VINA has been able to operate without pausing for the last 12 years thanks to the generosity of our donors, local foundations, and our Event Sponsors.

Please consider a generous sponsorship to help your neighbors get the dental services they need to maintain good oral health. To become a sponsor you can print and fill out this form, or purchase a sponsorship online

Thank you to all of our current sponsors for adding smiles to the community!

Bob Knight

Brighton Masonic Lodge #247

Chris Gallup

Halsted Investments

Jim and Peggy Anthony

Dr. Anne and Rick Bibik

Susan Rafferty

J.D. and Dr. Colleen Concepcion

George and Melanie Moses

Frank and Josephine DelVero

Marsha Ikle

Ron and Mary Jo Paler

Dan Bain

Steve and Kate Lowry

Carolina DeLuca

Vivian Hatty

Cindy Armbruster

Barb Terry

Bill and Barbara Lane

Donald and Sandra LaTurno

Pauline Schaffer

Rich Ray

Bill Anderson

Ronda Beach

Tara Wilson

Gilbert and Myrna Henderson

Matt and Cathy Riesterer

Livingston Medical Center

Anonymous

Don Root

Roger and Nancy Thompson

Karen Kerry, DDS

Richard Galbally

Mary Galbally

William Horal, DDS

Anonymous

Merrill Lynch Ann Arbor

About VINA

VINA Dental's mission is to provide quality dental care to uninsured, low-income residents of Livingston County

VINA Community Dental Center is a non-profit outreach facility that was established by local dental professionals in 2008. VINA, which stands for Vision, Integrity, Need, Action, serves as a “dental home” to over 2,000 people in our community. Many of the patients seen at VINA have not had dental care in many years, have suffered repeated infections, and/or have had to deal with the incredible pain of a toothache because they cannot afford the cost of routine dental care. Many patients require multiple extractions (sometimes losing all their teeth) or have cavities in nearly every tooth.

VINA is supported through fundraising events, contributions from the community and limited local grants; this covers 85% of the cost of operating the clinic. These generous donations help VINA provide services to those in need. Thank you so much for your support!

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