BY MARJORIE WOODFIN
The Kris Kringle market raffle prizes have all been received, including the grand prize of Dinner with Elmo, which was won by Brookings Realtor Marianne Padilla.
All five of the winners from last year's Kris Kringle market raffle have expressed awe and shock at the wonderful gifts received.
The final raffle prize was received Feb. 20, when Padilla and her guest, Ron Tribble from Winston, were entertained at the home of Lorraine and Elmo Williams. andquot;It was awesome,andquot; Padilla said.
The dinner included red pepper bisque, Waldorf salad, pork medallions, pommes anna, mushrooms in sherry and sherry trifle. All items on the menu, except for the trifle, were prepared by Elmo, and stylishly served by two French maids, Candra Cross and Jessica Willard. Lorraine prepared the trifle from a recipe she originated years ago.
andquot;It was one enchanted evening,andquot; Padilla said. andquot;The food was gourmet, the monogrammed table linens were luxurious and impressive, the large round table made for open conversation with the background of a pink and blue sunset over the ocean. And to be greeted with champagne added up to a memory I'll never forget.
andquot;I'm grateful to have met (the Williamses) and shared some of their interesting history. One of the biggest treats was being able to look at the many objects of art they have collected in their travels over the years. It was like a mini-trip to Europe. And Lorraine's trifle is out of this world.andquot; The theme of the dinner was Oscar night, and the table was decorated with the two Oscars and the Mousker awarded Elmo during his movie editing and producing career.
Other raffle winners, including Janice Holmes, who won two of the prize packages, was out of town, but Christy Hodges, Bethany Thompson and Dr. Donald Micheletti all said they were blown away by the tremendous selection of prizes included in the packages they won.
andquot;It was awesome,andquot; Hodges said. andquot;It was like having another holiday.andquot; andquot;It took me hours to go through all the items,andquot; Thompson exclaimed. andquot;And it took three of us to carry it all to my car. I won hundreds of dollars of prizes for one $5 ticket. How lucky is that?andquot;
Each package, filled with gifts and gift certificates, was valued at $500, and the three available recipients agreed with that evaluation.
Both Micheletti and Hodges had praise for Elizabeth Stolke, who sold each of them their winning ticket. They said she was a great ticket salesperson.
The gifts and gift certificates were donated by many Brookings-Harbor businesses and individuals. Some of the gifts mentioned by the winners were dog grooming from Top-Dog, dry cleaning from Hagen's Cleaners, manicure from Alluring Way, certificates from Home Port Bagels, Lee's Dragon Gate, The Apple Peddler, Rubio's, La Flor de Mexico, and O'Holloran's.
In addition there was an Angel Baby from Vanessa Keyes, snow bear from That Special Touch, a Pelican Bay Cruise from Chetco Cove Yacht Club, overnight at Brookings Bed and Breakfast and at By The Sea Bed and Breakfast, decorative items from At Home ? By the Sea, baskets of children's gifts and goodies from Beverly Tracy, two-night stay at Westward Motel, two large pillows from Louise Shaw.
There were gift certificates from Vi Burton, Town and Country Animal Hospital, It's a Party and More, Scampi's Sea Food, Appel's, Les Schwab, and canned salmon from Dick and Casey's, plus gifts from Rosemary Draskovich, Sherry Fisher and Eldon Gossett of Coldwell Banker Real Estate where the gifts were displayed during the weekend of the market, and a Jean Beebe porcelain plate.
Kris Kringle Market committee members expressed appreciation to all who donated to make the event a success. They said they are determined to keep the tradition going and to make the 2004 Kris Kringle Market even more successful.
The next meeting of the group planning next year's market is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Central Mall Coldwell Banker meeting room, 703 Chetco Ave.
Committees are already forming for this year's event, and additional volunteers are being recruited to fill all of the slots in the various committees.
Committees being formed include fundraising and acquisitions, advertising, brochures, entertainment, vendors, facilities, community coordination, costumes, labor, and events coordinator.
This year's event date has not been determined, but the committee is considering an earlier date than last year, hoping to avoid the heavy rain encountered last December.
Anyone who wants to help, has suggestions or is interested in information may phone Toni Mefford at (541) 412-8664.