By Leah Weissman

Pilot staff writer

With $11,000 in the pot for the 2008 Safe and Sober Graduation Party, the Bruin Bash Auction Saturday was a fundraising success.

Approximately 150 people, including parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and friends of Brookings-Harbor High School graduating seniors, filled the bleachers in the BHHS gym and bid on items ranging from a hand-carved walking stick to a home theatre system.

andquot;It went really well, I think,andquot; said Trish Kerr, member of the Safe and Sober Graduating Class 2008 Committee. andquot;We wished we had more of the seniors' parents come - especially when we have the largest class ever at about 170 graduating seniors. But the bidding went very well.andquot;

A total of 55 people bought bidding paddles as they walked through the front door of the high school and, by the end of the night, all 92 items from the live and silent auction had been sold.

Approximately 200 local businesses and community members donated items for the auction. During the event, Dan Brattain, owner of Cal-Ore Life Flight, acted as auctioneer while 15 graduating seniors and a group of volunteers helped set up and participate in the auction.

andquot;We couldn't have done this without our volunteers,andquot; Kerr said.

The amount of money generated for the traditional Safe and Sober Graduating Party this coming June was $2,000 less than last year, but Kerr said the lower-than-anticipated funding won't make a difference.

andquot;The party is going to be a blast, no matter what,andquot; she said.