Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Black & White Gala with Charitable Auction

Wilma and I were honored when asked by Greg and Sherry, our RV neighbors, if we would like to help them with the Black and White Gala. Even more honored when Sherry gave me a “matching Tux T-Shirt” so Greg and I would be a matching pair of bartenders.

Ready for the Party

Greg and I were to start the evening by having glasses of Wine available for all those who wished to have a complementary glass. After everyone had their seats, we were to attend the “bar” selling the soft drinks and beer for just 50 cents a can.

Getting ready to hand out a Free Glass Of Wine to everyone wanting a glass

The Bartenders are ready for the crowd

Sherry and Wilma were in charge of making the two “Spiked” punches that were also available free of charge.

Sherry & Wilma were in charge of making the Spiked Punch

The punch, both varieties, were a big hit by the crowd as several bowls of each were consumed prior to the Auction which followed dinner.

Lime Sherbert, Pineapple Juice, 7-Up and Vodka. THE OTHER PUNCH:  Orange Juice, Mountain Dew and Jim Beam

It was “volunteer package donations” that were used in the auction. Last year they raised around $1300.00 for local charities.

The donated gifts to be auctioned off for Charity

This year looked like it was going to be successful again by the number of donations that were received. (We had 2 folding camp chairs mailed to us a couple weeks ago, so we used the boxes they came in for our donated gifts, which are the two standing on the floor to the far left in the photo above).

A half hour before dinner was to start the crowd of ticket holders started to fill the Club House. Being called the “Black & White Gala” it was suggested everyone wear something black and white.

The Club House is starting to fill

The tables were all numbered, and the numbers were drawn one at a time, allowing a controlled number of people going to the counter and getting their plate filled with delicious food.

Donna, Sue, Nancy and Marilyn get the Salad's ready.

Speaking of dinner, what a delicious dinner we all had. Pork Tenderloin with baked potato, smothered in a mushroom sauce. Tossed salad, dinner roll, and cup cakes for desert. (Sorry we didn’t take a photo of the food). All this for the low ticket price of just $4.00!

Following dinner, the Auction began. Gifts were picked up one at a time for all to see, and the auctioneer began bids at $1.00. Most gifts went for anywhere between $5 and $103.00.

The Auction begins

Wilma and I were happy that our “gifts” were auctioned off for close to $80 for the two.

Still bidding on our gift

What fun we all had seeing what were in the packages that were bid for. Everyone knew that some of the gifts could be “gag” gifts, but some were quite useful also.

“Bill” shows off what was in the package that he bid on and won.

Bill shows off what was in his package that he bought.

We will be watching in the days ahead to see Bill walking through the RV Park with his new hat! Open-mouthed smile

The Auction was a huge success! They ended up raising a little over $2320.00 which will be divided up between 3 local charities.

Following the Auction, the DJ took over and the dance floor filled.

Dancing followed the Auction

For a little over an hour, the dancers “cut up the floor” dancing. Quiet hour is at 10PM so at that hour the DJ had to end the great music and dancing. What a fun time was had by all!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.