It was a long weekend. I really can’t believe that only 48 hours have passed. My sis was the chair-person, for the anticipated event, so inevitably I was put to work. Finding the right dress really was the least of my worries. This charity event is for a local non-profit and it is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. It includes a silent and live auction (along with dinner and dancing). My specific duty was that of copywriter for all 50+ items in the silent auction. Oh, and did I fail to mention that I got the list of items on Thursday?! Needless to say I was up very late Friday night trying to be witty and charming (and brief) on what amounts to a 3 x 5 index card. By the time I got down to the fourth painting, I wasn’t sure just how else to say, “This original work of art is sure to add depth and character to any room!” I also realized that I am a ridiculous fan of alliteration. (See title of this post!) Just about all my captions were proof of this. For a hair care package donated from a local salon the title read: Maintain Your Mane, etc.
On Saturday I was also put on merchandising duty. Although I may have been a little grumpy about it, I really enjoy doing it. Trying to make things look nice, no matter what the object, is always something I enjoy. It was one of my favorite and most challenging aspects of working in a store. Ironically enough, the table I photographed (see below) was probably one of the least interesting tables on display. Go figure. But I enjoyed the challenge last year and again this year, so I’m sure I’ll be doing it again next fall — learning a little something new each time. It was easy to make things look nice though with the colors my sis picked this year. Regal purple, orange, pink and gold offered the illusion of fall despite the lack of cold weather. And the flowers were beautiful even though the lily’s never opened.
Well despite my unoriginal captions (and quasi-professional merchandising) almost every item was purchased and several even went for over twice the retail value. The live auction was also successful and included golf cars, sports tickets/package, autographed items, a trip to Cozumel, and a Cabo San Lucas vacation getaway for four. Let’s just say that I’m hoping my parents want to have Spain 2.0! Or maybe they’ll at least consider taking the sis and I in their dive bags?! (I supposed they’ve been generous enough already and they’ll probably want to go on a vacation without us…or at least with their friends!) It’s just the vacation my Dad deserves upon his return (just 28 more days now!)
All-in-all, I would say it was a success. Over 200 people attended, donating time, money, and goods for a very worthy cause.