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Join Online Auction to Support Giant Steps Autism Organization

Apr 25, 2019 11:43AM ● By Hannah Ott
Naperville - The annual gala for Giant Steps Autism Organization will be held this Friday, April 27 at the Embassy Suites of Naperville. Even if you are not attending the "We Are Giant Steps Gala," you can take part in the auction by bidding online. 

Use your phone, computer or tablet to join the online bidding site, so you can help support Giant Steps and its beneficial programs, wherever you are. 

Once you've joined, you'll get a sneak peak at the incredible items in this year's auction. On April 27, see real-time action on the items you bid on throughout the night. Simply follow the directions listed below to join:

1) Register

Donors who have purchased tickets are already registered on the site. If you have yet to purchase your ticket(s) or you will not be attending the event, you can register from your cell phone as follows:

  • Text 2019gs to 52182.
  • Reply to the text message you receive with your first & last name.
  • Reply to the text message you receive with your email address.
  • Click on the Blue Link you receive to access the event site.

Donors can also register via the home page Homepage:

  • Visit the event website
  • Click Register to Participate.
  • Create an Account.
  • Check the Terms and Conditions box.
  • Click Create my GiveSmart Account.
  • Click Ok within the All Set Message.
  • Once complete, access the campaign as a registered user.

The homepage has a "register to participate" button. Need help at the Gala? Find a GiveSmart representative in black! Bid on your phone, tablet or computer.

2) Bid 

"Take your mark, get set... BID!" You will receive a welcome text with a link that will direct you right to your own personal bidding page. You may bid on any Silent Auction Items; find an item you like, bid on it right there.

Don't worry about getting up and checking to see where you are on a bidding sheet. You will be notified via text if you have been outbid by another guest. 

3) Check Out

Wondering if you won that item you had your eye on? You'll receive a congratulatory text saying "You won!" 

Just make your payment for item(s) you won on your phone or with a representative and collect your items on your way out. Not present to collect your prize? No problem; just contact Lisa Ewers at to arrange pick up at Giant Steps, 2500 Cabot Dr., Lisle.

About Giant Steps: Giant Steps is an innovative educational and therapeutic program for individuals living with autism. The organization takes pride in offering specialized programming to enrich the daily lives of each student and/or young adult with autism. (

Source: Giant Steps Development Team and image at