When I was in 4-H our yearly fund raiser was our Silent Auction. We rented the Community Center ( you could use your church) and held a spaghetti dinner for the community. Prior to the event, we asked local businesses for donations for our auction. We got tons of stuff, from Thomas Kinkade prints to $25 gift certificates. After the dinner we held the auction, letting people bid on items for about 30 min. before we shut down the tables and awarded the items to the highest bidders. We made over $1,000 dollars doing this.