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Friends of Valle De Oro 8th Annual Fundraiser & Online Auction

The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (Friends) Online Auction is our largest annual fundraiser and we are excited to hold it again this fall. With the grand opening of the Refuge’s new visitor’s center and the Friends Nature Store happening on September 10, 2022, join us as we start to emerge from so many months of unexpected, unforeseen and trying times. We hope everyone will find their way back to our magnificent Refuge and help celebrate this long-awaited event.

Funds raised by The Friends, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, benefit our mission to support the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, restoring it back to its native habitat, benefitting wildlife, conservation, our educational scholarship program and the community.

Find out more about how to participate in and support the auction below.



When is the auction? We we be holding the Auction online from October 30th - November 6th 2022. Click here to begin previewing items as they go up.




How can I help? There are three great ways you can support the auction: 


 Sponsorship support

You or your business will be featured on our 2022 Online Auction, our Friends Webpage, and Friends social media platforms.

You or your business can provide links to your website or online stores that will be displayed on our online
auction with your donated item(s).

You or your business will be advertised in a note of appreciation to all auction winners and donors.

You will receive a letter of charitable acknowledgment from the Friends of your tax-deductible donation for
your records.

 Item donation

Your name or your business name will be listed with your item, and will have a link to your website if

You or your business will be advertised in a note of appreciation to all auction winners and donors.

You will receive a letter of charitable acknowledgement from the Friends of your tax-deductible donation for
your tax records.




Join members members of the Auction Committee in bi-weekly meetings and activities supporting the auction.

To express interest, please email our board President, David Barber (david@friendsofvalledeoro.org). 


What size donation is required for sponsorship? We appreciate all levels of sponsorship for the auction. Sponsorship tiers are listed below from highest to lowest. 

$10,000 and above - Kestrel Supporter Level
$5,000 - $9,999 – Coyote Supporter Level
$2,500 - $4,999 – Roadrunner Supporter Level
$1,000 - $2,499 – Prairie Dog Supporter Level 
$500 - $999 – Whiptail Lizard Supporter Level
Up to $500 and In-kind – Butterfly Supporter Level 

What kinds of items can I donate? Examples of auction items we are seeking are wares or services, artwork, jewelry, event tickets, and gift certificates. We also welcome experiences such as cooking classes, behind the scenes access, vacation rentals, tours, house sitting and other professional services – the list is endless!

I want to contribute. Where do I start?

For item donors: Please follow the link below to complete the item donation form and to learn more about when and where you can deliver your donation.

For supporters: There are two ways to make your contribution to the Auction. You can either: 

Mail or hand deliver a check payable to the ‘Friends of Valle de Oro NWR’ and indicate in the memo that it is in support of the Annual Fundraiser. Checks can be sent or delivered to us at Friends of Valle de Oro Nature Store at 7851 2nd Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 in our brand new Visitor's Center on the Refuge! Please enclose the Supporter Commitment Form with your check. You can download and print the form by clicking here. Please also send a high-resolution logo, via email, to auction@friendsofvalledeoro.org as soon as possible for promotional purposes. 


Make your contribution directly online by following the link below ("Support the Auction Now"). Follow instructions to create an account on OneCause (our auction platform) and you will quickly be able to make your donation.



When is the deadline to make a contribution? The auction item donation deadline is October 15, 2022. To be included in the recognition package, the supporter deadline is November 7, 2022. However, a donation at any time is greatly appreciated.

When and where can I drop off my item or fulfill my commitment for support?

For donors: Item donations can be made Wednesday thru Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Friends Nature Store located at 7851 2nd ST SW, Albuquerque NM 87105 in our brand new Visitor's Center on the Refuge! We will follow-up with a mailed letter to serve as your receipt.

For supporters: Donations can be made in-person (credit card) and via mail (money orders, checks) or directly online (credit card).

I have more questions!

If you have more questions, please contact David Barber at david@friendsofvalledeoro.org. 

We are grateful for the support of our generous supporters

Kestrel Sponsors - $10,000 and Above

Coyote Supporters - $5,000 - $9,999

Roadrunner Supporters - $2,500 - $4,999

Prairie Dog Supporters - $1,000 - $2,499

Whiptail Lizard Supporters - $500 - $999

Butterfly Supporters - Up to $500 & In-kind