As I mentioned several times, this past Saturday night was the 2010 Royal Rosarian Auction. They always call it the Hearts & Roses Benefit Auction, but this year they had 'Tickled Pink' in honor of their first-ever female Prime Minister, who is a breast cancer survivor. So the idea was for everyone to wear pink, which was a lot of fun!
The goal of such auctions (just like the one we hold each autumn) is to raise money, and one of the things being supported by the Rosarian auction is our Living History Program that features re-created historical characters Mayor Harry Lane and Georgiana Pittock.
Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I both got pink manicures and pedicures for the occasion -- and a bunch of new pink jewelry, too! Plus some small pink purses (I used mine to carry my camera to the event).
Anyway, how about a photo share, as I have quite a few! (smile) There are many, but they're all small, so I'm going to skip cutting -- hope you don't mind...
The cover of the program.
Our table -- pretty flowers!
Me, Meredith, Arthur, Leslie and Marilyn.
We didn't know this woman, but she took the above photo for us so
I could be in it! She made that scarf she's wearing.
President Robert and wife Janie.
E.D. Jeff (right) and his wife Alicia.
Marilyn looked fabulous!
Leslie, Rachel and me.
I'm holding up the program to show MY graphic that they put in their
program (gacked from the website, of course). (heh)
Kristen and Marilyn.
Prime Minister Sue and President-Elect Sue.
William (left), Meredith and Arthur (right) -- William and Arthur
are life partners and just two of the sweetest men I know!
The lovely cake for dessert. Marilyn took this photo. I didn't
have success trying and Kristen said her favorite quote of
the evening was when I said, "Cake is not photogenic." (grin)
This bag (which is actually black and red) had our goodies inside!
Marilyn and I actually WON several bids (!!!),
including a set of three purses covered in roses.
(We'll probably donate them to our own auction for this year.)
I bid on this set of necklace with earrings, never
guessing I'd get it!
The same was true for this lithograph, "Rolling Fields."
(By artist Fanch.)
I'm really excited about the art piece, as I had no clue it was such an amazing item. It's signed by the artist, and came with a Certificate of Authenticity and a bio of Fanch Ledan (better known as Fanch). I got it for a song, believe it or not!
The graphic of mine was our logo, to which I'd added a rose bar (under it). It's NOT our official logo for 2010 (!!!), but I started it last year to 'pretty up' the displayed logo. It's just another one of those times when my art has popped up somewhere unexpected. (It was also used in their PowerPoint.)
Marilyn and I also gave $100 to the Special Appeal and bought several drinks, so along with our tickets this was not an inexpensive evening. But we both believe in supporting the causes we believe in and putting our money where our mouths are. So it's well worth the $$$ involved.
The dinner was quite good (!!!) and people were lovely to us (as always). I was kissed and hugged and complimented and treated like a queen. These are dear people whom I really enjoy seeing.
I'm already looking forward to next year's auction! (I also wrote about the experience and include photos for our official festival blog today. Am I energetic, or what?)