By Bill Schlichting
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce TV Auction is back, raising $16,345 for the organization that promotes the community.
The annual event, held at the Brookings Elks Lodge Saturday and Sunday, was on a two-year hiatus and the chamber decided to bring it back this year.
The auction was last held in 2005. The following year the chamber decided to call off the event because the KBSC-TV was in the process of changing hands, said Les Cohen, chamber executive director.
In place of the auction, the chamber hosted an art auction and a harvest ball.
Now that the TV station is doing well, the auction returned, according to Cohen, the crew at KBSC did a fantastic job.
Although the auction did not do as well as previous years, Cohen believes this may be because this is the first auction since two years, it was held the same day as the Community Christmas Bazaar an event the chamber usually avoids competing with and the recent Barnacle Ball benefiting KASPER.
"We are extremely pleased with the activities and the results," Cohen said. "And we are pleased with the number of people with bidder numbers."
More than 250 people signed up to participate in the auction.
Bidding on most items, which were donated by Brookings-Harbor merchants, began at half the retail value. Most items were bargains for bidders as they were purchased for less than retail. A few items, mostly food certificates, sold for retail value or more. A quilt on display behind the auctioneer sold for more than what the chamber estimated it was worth, Cohen said.
Keeping track of all the items and other database work was Gail Hedding. She was also an auctioneer along with Cohen, Don Tilton and Richard Gyuro.
Cohen added that he would like to "thank the board. They did a fantastic job.
"We are looking forward to next year," Cohen said. "The auction will be the first weekend in November."
The auction is the chamber's biggest fundraiser, which helps fund the organization's mission: business advocacy and promoting the community.
People who purchased items at the auction may pick them up at the chamber office, 16330 Lower Harbor Road, Harbor. The office is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.