I hope I can get my hands on some of the photos from the Auction this year. I didn't even see most of them from last year's event!
It was beautiful! Both Marilyn and I had tears in our eyes when we checked out the dining room just prior to dinner.
Anyway, the two of us started working there -- at the convention center -- Friday evening. And it was hard work. Physically grueling, I mean. Lifting these heavy metal chairs that were stacked (high) on top of one another. Then putting on these very nice chair covers -- a fabulous look, by the way.
We basically had to struggle with every damn chair cover. (sigh)
Then we had to put the chairs into long rows. And move other things around and doing ton of other tasks. Basically taking a very standard and very unlovely room and making it totally beautiful for the event!
We left around 9:30 p.m. that night, thankfully. I was worn out, even so. But many others stayed past midnight. Then we were up and back at it by 7 a.m. on Saturday morning!
It's amazing just how much work there was to do, frankly. And how changed the rooms were by the time we'd finished. (God, I wish I had BEFORE pictures!)
Then we had the rehearsal for the show with the Auctioneer. I was quite impressed with Todd, the Spotter, whom I work closely with during the oral auction. Doug, the Auctioneer, is very attractive -- had the women talking. (smile)
Then it was a dash home to grab a quick bite to eat and rest a tiny bit before getting ready...
The Auction is a total dress affair. Men in tuxes and women in formal gowns, in other words. Marilyn looked just stunning in her black gown with pink chiffon wrap. (The Auction colors this year were black and deep pink.)
I wore slacks again, just as I did last year. Pants suit me far better than a dress or gown, though I tried on several of both. There were a number of women who opted for the dressy pants look. Actually, some women were in shorter cocktail-like dresses, too. I had a see-through blouse that was black with pink roses. Those fabulous long sleeves. Over a spaghetti strap, deep pink top, with black linen slacks.
We both got new shoes for the event, as well. Marilyn had these wonderful black sandals -- oh, how to describe them? And I got a pair of champagne-colored heels. Fancy and lovely! (But ouch. Ouch.)
Far more people attended than last year. And there were far more silent auction items to bid on. Marilyn and I came home with a few lovely pieces, too. (I need to take pictures so I can share!)
We both 'worked the room' hard until time for dinner. (Poor sore feet!) Then I went to my table to work as the official recorder. (Yes, it's somewhat stressful if I'm being totally honest).
Marilyn was at a front table -- appropriate considering her current role in charge at the association.
She never ends up eating at these things. She's both too busy and too wired. She let me eat her dinner -- which was delicious, by the way! I'm surprised I could eat this year -- I was way too stressed out and hyper to do so last year!
The oral part of the Auction seemed less successful than last year from a 'selling' standpoint. But the show was amazing! Our video presentation was moving. (I think I cried every time I saw it, actually!) Note that the song used was "When You Wish Upon A Star," performed by Nsync. Lovely! Our performer (Julianne Johnson, I think) is this remarkable local singer (a black woman) who sang at a coronation for us in the past. She was just amazing!
I got lots of positive attention. (Especially from several men... blush!) But Marilyn was truly the Belle of our 'ball.' (She was shining. Really. And, yes, I'm biased. But it's the truth, even so!)
Then after people had collected the items they'd bid on, it was time for all of us to do the tear-down.
We all dashed to change from glam to grubbies! A relief to get out of our dress shoes for all of us, I suspect. Well, the women, anyway. And as it was mostly women working. (sigh)
I was worried about a couple of the staff women there, both of whom are pregnant. One of them I finally 'ordered' home. (Both she and her hubby were there working their asses off.) She's amazing. Didn't want to go, even though she was clearly exhausted. We finally finished up around 12:30 a.m.
Marilyn and I were home and in bed by 1:30, which I consider pretty damned good! But were we ever worn out. Still, I didn't go to sleep for some time. I was just too wound up!
Then we were up fairly early Sunday morning -- though not like Saturday, thank God! We headed over to the office before 9 a.m.
No one else was there yet, so Marilyn and I headed to get Starbucks. Then back to find Greg (a co-worker). The three of us proceeded to unpack the truck into our warehouse. I was worn out after that.
Marilyn and I drove home via the Portland Marathon route so we could stop and cheer on some of the participants! We both admire the effort so much!
But I was chilled -- not for the first time in several days -- so we got back in the car and headed home.
Rested and then spent the very lovely afternoon taking a long drive and doing some minor shopping.
Spurlged with 'Taco Time' Crispy Meat Burritos -- and Cinnabons! (smile) Okay, we do 'slip' from our diet now and then... (grin)
Then I woke up feeling lousy on Monday morning... But that's for another entry!
All in all I'd say the Auction was a success -- money aside. We did make money for the foundation -- even if it turns out to be less than last year. And this sort of event can't entirely be judged by finances, after all!
The best part is that it's finally over. Big sigh of relief!
(You can see why I admire Marilyn so much when you consider this past weekend as only one small part of her hectic work-week. Aside from the fact that she'll be working through until Sunday with no break. Heavens!)
And our living room has a lovely bouquet of white roses with pink lilies sitting on the coffee table. Nice!
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