Tuesday, March 11, 2008

High School Auction!

Last Saturday night was our annual school auction for the high school athletic program. This auction started several years back when we had budget problems at our school and they had to cut out all the athletic programs. A grassroots group got together and tried everything possible to raise money for the athletic program. That first year they raised about $20,000. They did all kinds of fundraising programs, but the auction is the one thing that made the most money.

Our district budget troubles have resolved, but we continue to do the auction to buy extra equipment for our sports programs such as new football helmets, batting cages and scoreboards, etc. I have been on the Auction Committee for the past three years and it has been a very rewarding and fun committee to be on. I have made such great friends from being on this committee. This year though, I pulled back a lot because it is very time consuming. This takes months of planning and hard work. We started meeting in November and I only went to a few meetings. I just mainly helped out to make the booklets and then I helped decorate and set it up on Saturday, which took all day.

We had wonderful team for the decorating committee this year, they chose to have an Olympic theme. The decorations were beautiful! They hung several different flags from different countries in all the windows and it looked so official!

It is so wonderful because so many people in our community come forward to help in any way that they can. Below is a picture of the Olympic rings that they hung from the ceiling.

We have so many businesses and individuals who donate items, it is unbelievable.

Above is picture of one of our silent auction tables. People get to stroll through and look at all the items and gift certificates for services and products, and then bid on them. It is really fun to bid on things and see if you win them. My husband, Eric, gets pretty intense when he wants something. He will stand right by an item and "guard" it, as do other folks, and he has had fun-loving biding wars with our friends over some items!

This is where I sat. I helped check people in. It went really smoothly and it was so fun to see so many people from the community.

Doesn't the room look beautiful! They got plastic, see-through globes and put them on the tables and they were filled with water and little battery powered, waterproof lights, so they glowed so pretty. It was very effective!

Everyone seemed to have a great evening. The dinner was fabulous too! We watched a beautiful slide show that one of the women from the committee put together, with pictures of all of our kids playing all the different sports at our school and it was set to wonderful music. It started with the Chariots of Fire song (get out your hankie!).

To play on the Olympic theme, we started things off with my son Grayson and his friend Garrett running with the torch and lighting the big torch on the stage to open the auction! They wore their track clothes thus the shorty shorts! Garrett is a tall boy...he is 6'4"!
It was neat because we had several of our kids who are athletes help decorate and help throughout the evening (since they are the ones benefiting) and they all had such great attitudes. Below the auctioneer is doing his thing. He did a great job for us!
We auctioned off desserts that were donated by various businesses for crazy prices! All the people seemed to be in such festive and generous moods and the desserts were going for over $200.00 each! It was just wild and so much fun!
Eric and I spent too much money, but it goes for a good cause and we got some great things. One thing that I am so excited about is we bought the use of a cabin, that sits right on a rushing creek, for three days up near the high lakes in Eastern Oregon. We bid on this last year and won it and we had such a blast that we wanted to do it again.

The above picture was after the event. We were all cleaning up and waiting in line to pay for our goods and they decided to play the slide show one more time and I captured Grayson and Garrett watching it. This is the whole reason we do this auction - for the kids! Oh, I forgot to mention.......we earned $35,000.00!!!!

"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than men." Colossians 3:23




BittersweetPunkin said...

Sharon...that looks like a wonderful event! Thats great that you were able to contribute your time for such a worthy cause! How cool is that?You are such a great Mom!

jennifer said...

Wow Sharon. This was the coolest post! Congratulations on all of the money earned. I really liked the theme and the table centerpieces! Jennifer

Tracie said...

Hi Sharon,
Wow what a lot of work for a very good cause. My favorites were the globes on the tables and the thought of a cabin stay, how great for you to get something back since you've giving to such a worthy cause! Have another blast this year on your get-a-way in Oregon.
Congratulations on the funds too.
:) Tracie

Julieann said...

WoW!!!! The room looked beautiful---what a wonderful event you had:)

I wish our schools did something like that here.


Kristen said...

Sharon, that is wonderful! What an amazing fundraiser! It sounds like you guys are in for a fun time in a cabin then! Your sons sound like wonderful young men! You have done and are doing a great job!

Brenda said...

Looks beautiful. I bet you had a great time.
I appreciate your sweet words about the room. I don't know why I never fell happy with what I do and other like it. I wished I could accept a look and be proud.

nannykim said...

Sounds like you had a ton of fun. I can't imagine all the work that would go into such a project. Glad you got the cabin get away ;-)

Velvia said...

Hi Sharon!
What a blessing to live in a community where so many people get involved with something so important. Our kids deserve and need great schools and extra curricular activities. You all did a wonderful job, it looks beautiful. Congratulations on the amount raised, that's astounding!
Love, Velvia

Linda said...

Hi Sharon, what a neat fund raiser for a great cause. All the decorations were awesome and it looks like the evening was lots of fun. Have tons of fun when you take your weekend get-away...it sounds like it's going to be a blast. Hugs, Linda

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

What a great thing to do. I like how the cummunity gets involved. We don't have to much of that here.
Have a great day,

Kelly said...

Sharon that was so beautiful, what a great evening and the decorations were spectacular! The boys look great ...like they came right out of the movie chariots of fire! yeh I would have lost it as the theme started playing, I would not have been able to share my tissues! And the mini Oregon trip sounds soooooo relaxing..I can just picture it!


Heather said...

OK...I am completely in awe at the globes! How beautiful they look on the tables. Do you happen to know where they got them? They would be perfect for Missions Week at our church.

Congratulations on the success of the auction. It sounded like a GREAT evening!

A Romantic Porch said...

Sharon, That is so awesome. I love how "upscale" it was. What we won't do for our boys huh!?xoRachel

Jan Parrish said...

That looks like so much fun!

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