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|Posted by:||Mar 4th 2003, 10:14:33 am|
|Judy||Boat Auction to Benefit Library!
What an incredible event. What an incredible success for our first fundraiser. The 12 foot skiff, 25 h.p. Evinrude motor, and trailer went on display at 3 o'clock (or so) at the Fig Tree. People who had read the wooden signs came from all ends of the island to see the fresh coat of paint and her tuned up engine! Just before the auction was to begin, Brenda came with a beautiful 6 foot wreath of fresh bougainvillea and Casuarina branches. The Boys Brigade formed up and the auction began.
Doddie Hamilton introduced the Library Restoration Project with a little history and the need for raising the funds to restore the Sir George W.K. Roberts Memorial Library. The band marched and played in front of the Harbour Lounge just between the Fig Tree and the crowd was ready. Our auctioneer, Ricky Mackey, started the boat bidding at $600. The winning bid was $1,175. However, it wasn't over as the winner donated the boat back to the second highest bidder for $1,000. So our boat, motor, and trailer brought in $2,175. On top of that two people in the crowd, Annie Burnett & Jimmy Moree, brought oil paintings to add to the auction (adding $1,000 more). This along with unexpected in kind donations from people attending increased the profits!!
We netted $3, 425.00 from the auction along with several book donations from our posted "wish list". Several people pledged future support in various ways.
The afternoon was an inspiration to the library committee. The people both islanders and visitors responded with genuine, heartfelt interest. Perhaps the highlight of the event was the seeing the Brigade Band. Watching those young people perform made Harbour Island Proud. It made those who love Harbour Island proud. What's more - it made the library refurbishing and restoration project even more important to complete.
We want to thank all those who attended and supported the auction as well as those who - painted signs - tuned-up the engine - painted the boat - marched and played in the band, etc. Hope you all had a great time. Spread the word. The Library is on its way.
Next Events: (1) Library Festival on Library grounds, Saturday, April 5 - (2) Silent Auction and Taste of the Island, April 11 or 12. The location is to be determined.
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