Friday, April 7, 2017

Croasdaile Garden Club Doubles Second Spring Auction/Luncheon

Croasdaile Auction attendees enjoy some spring shopping for charity.

The Croasdaile Garden Club of Durham hosted its second bi-annual Springtime Auction/Luncheon this week at the Croasdaile Country Club. Attendance and revenue were double from the 2015 Auction with 100 garden club members and their guests participating, including members of the Croasdaile ladies golf league.

The Croasdaile Garden Club raised nearly $9,000, up from 2015’s revenue of $4,000 with only 45 attendees. Durham charities that have benefit from the garden club’s fundraisers include: SEEDS, Good Samaritan Inn, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Durham Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, NC Bluebird Society, DPS Hub Farm and the Croasdaile Junior Garden Club with Riverside High School.

Scores of silent and live auction items ranged from garden-themed home & garden items, spring and Easter arrangements, a dozen-bottle wine collection, a 3-day Myrtle Beach vacation rental, a “original art” box, and various service packages. Attendees blew toy noisemakers during the live auction when prompted, “Ladies, make some noise!” for winning bidders.

Music during the auction/luncheon was provided by pianist and garden club member Vanessa Kozman. She is the organist and choir director at Lystra Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, and commonly performs background music for public and private events. Previously Kozmon taught middle school and high school choral music in Falls Church City and Prince William County Schools in Virginia.

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