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Silent Auction

Since Howard Dorgan launched the silent auction in the late 1990s, this annual fundraiser has supported student and community member participation at ASA conferences. With the 2024 conference on the horizon, the silent auction team needs your help to translate this year’s theme: “Pride in Identity, Culture, and Geography.”


The silent auction welcomes crafts, quilts, woodwork, memorabilia, pottery, home-canned goods, spirits, event tickets, music, art, getaway opportunities, gently-used and new books, and more! Please start brainstorming and gathering your items now to help ensure that the 2024 Howard Dorgan Silent Auction reaches its fundraising goal of $6,000.

The silent auction will take place using an online portal to place bids using a credit card. Items will be on display in the exhibit hall and will be available for in-person bidding. This system will allow bidders to keep track of their bids throughout the conference without checking manual sign-up sheets at regular intervals. More information about bidding will be available as we get closer to the conference. If you have items to donate, please complete the form at the link below. You will need to upload a picture of the item(s) that you are donating.

We are also looking for 3-4 dedicated volunteers to join our efforts. Ideally, the silent auction will include ASA members from across Appalachia to ensure that this annual fundraiser reflects our many diverse communities and invites those not yet involved with the ASA. If you are looking for a meaningful way to support the Appalachian Studies Association, please consider joining our efforts.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, as well as to coordinate donations, email


We look forward to seeing you—and your silent auction items—in Cullowhee!

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Darryl L. Parker,
Silent Auction Co-Chair

Darryl Parker, known as Dee is a native of Kentucky. Dee believes in the concept of when you reach one, you teach one and lead by example. 

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Amanda Page,
Silent Auction Co-Chair

Amanda Page is a Columbus-based writer from southern Ohio whose journalism and essays appear in regional and national publications. She is the Founding Director of 

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