Marilyn and I survived the 2010 Auction -- barely!
We both had many (too many) drinks, were on our feet for hours (ouch), did the very social thing (workin' the room) -- and we helped track the Live Auction (amounts and bidder numbers per each item).
Actually, my own Auction catalog was taken away TWICE so officials could figure out info they'd missed (!!!). Plus I eventually lost my bidder number when we had to use it to write down info to give the officials...
Obviously it's too soon for final numbers, but we're hoping it was a successful year. Both Marilyn and I burst into tears during the Appeal when one donor gave an unexpected $10,000 (!!!). It was a wonderful moment! Marilyn gave generously to the Appeal, and even allowed me to give, as well.
On to the quickie version of a photo-share!
Mayor Sam and Marilyn
Charlie and 'Elvis'
Charlie and Jeff
Marilyn and Arthur add up the Appeal
We were pleased to have the Mayor of Portland at the event. Every time he sees Marilyn she ends up getting a big hug (and often a kiss, as well). The mayor has only been there one year prior to this (a different man), so this was cool! (For those who might not know it, our mayor is openly gay -- just an aside.) Sam not only attended, but he spoke during the Live Auction!
Our 'Elvis' was awesome, by the way, and really added to the event. During the Silent Auction, he was available for photos -- as you can see from my photo with him, above. He also did a good job performing on stage during the Live Auction later on.
I was excited to get my photo taken with my boss (and friend), Jeff. (Just after this I gave him a bolo tie to wear that had one red dice -- it looked really cute on him. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of him wearing it...)
The movie that Rich, Mark and Ross made for the Appeal (with help from Marilyn) turned out great -- and got a lot of applause. The slide above was my graphic I made, which was Mark's idea. Mark was everywhere last night and took tons of photos. (My current Facebook photo is one of me with Mark and Marilyn.) This was our most successful Appeal, ever.
Above you can see Marilyn and Arthur (an openly gay Board member we both love) adding up the Appeal numbers. Arthur was the Auction Chair last year and the year before. I love him and his partner, William. They donated the only Silent item we ended up getting -- a piece of cat art that is a match to the one we got last year. Here it is:
Charlie's winning bid: cat art
Marilyn bid on several items, but WON a trip to Las Vegas to stay at the Venetian! It includes tickets to see Phantom!!! We've been dying to see it for ages, so we're both thrilled!
It was a busy day and a busy (and expensive) night, and we're both happy to have it behind us for another year. It will be interesting to hear the final numbers and finish the office clean-up next week.
I did spend a lot of time yesterday clearing out various spots that have been impacted by Auction storage. I'm almost ready for Laura to move in to her cube (formerly Paul's) in preparation for her coming on Staff full time in November. (woo hoo)