Friday, March 25, 2005
Carlisle Education Foundation and School Association Auction a success
The CEF/CSA Auction, "All That Jazz, a Mardi Gras Night," on Saturday, March 19, was a rousing, rowdy success. The Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) and the Carlisle School Association (CSA) joined together for the third year to present an entertaining evening of dinner and dance, and to raise funds to support educational needs for the Carlisle Public School. The preliminary estimate, according to the fundraising committee, is that around $60,000 was raised.
The event began with a well-attended free preview of the silent auction items. People made (and won) bids on a variety of items which included donated goods and services from residents and businesses, classroom projects, and teacher sponsored activities.
After the preview, dinner guests arrived with festive outfits and feathered masks, and by the end of the night many were wearing multiple strands of Mardi Gras beads. "It was so much fun," commented Laura Snowdon, CEF president. "It was a great success." Michelle Sobin,
Auctioneer and Carlisle resident Al Merry then led the live auction bidding, which was fast and full of surprises. After the auction, tables were folded, and dancing went on until midnight.
"I was so excited watching the bidding, I kept forgetting to keep track of who was bidding!" said Sobin. A few items sold close to or slightly over their stated value, but many items, such as the "Italian Gourmet Dinner Party for Ten," generated so much excitement that they sold for almost double the listed value. As Merry aptly put it while cajoling bidders to increase their bids a wee bit more: "It's all about the kids, folks."
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