Monday, November 16, 2009

T&C Auction Sets New Records

Town and Country Garden Club’s 2009 Benefit Auction produced proceeds surpassing last year’s record-setting total and also set a new record for attendance. Members and their guests enjoyed a luncheon on November 11 at Hope Valley Country Club, after which they bid furiously in both the “silent” and “live” auctions.

Member-donated items offered in the auction ranged from paintings to pearls to their own kitchens’ specialties – and everything in between. Auctioneer Barbara Collie presided over a lively “live” auction and cajoled the bidders, urging them on with great success. The event’s co-chair, Carol Garbutt, organized and oversaw committee members’ work on the extensive silent auction.

"The proceeds from our Annual Holiday Auction have financed many projects throughout our community, including the cistern at the Durham Farmer's Market and beautification projects in historic Hope Valley,” Town and Country President Katherine Kirschner said. “We look forward to continuing our tradition of strong community service in the coming year."

The Projects and Beautification Committee will propose projects for 2010, which will be researched and discussed, then voted upon at the club’s February meeting.

T&C thanks all Durham Council garden club members who supported the auction.

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