Bargain hunters found many items to bid on during an auction that raised more than $7,100 for the 2001 Safe and Sober Graduation Party for Brookings-Harbor High School seniors.

Many items, which were donated by community merchants, sold for less than retail, but some, such as a load of gravel from Freeman Rock, sold for more than retail at the Saturday evening event.

Debbie Caster, who serves as treasurer for the graduation party committee, said the auction raised more money than the previous year.

A total of 61 bid paddles were issued, Caster said. Sherry Friar, one of the volunteers selling the bid paddles, said when the paddle number reached 35 that they had reached the number from last year.

Merchants and community members donated 93 items for the regular auction, Caster said. Terry Hanscam served as auction. Dan Kroy served as his assistant.

Prior to the auction, a silent auction with 85 items were available for bidding, Caster said.

People who attended were treated to a variety of desserts in the schools cafeteria.

Members of the graduation planning committee said they would like to thank the community for its donations and for its support.

The graduation party is scheduled to last all night following the graduation ceremony June 9. The party, which is for graduating seniors only, will be at Wild River Pizza Co. The restaurant is providing soft drinks and pizza for the party, Caster said.

Proceeds from the auction and other fundraisers are also to provide a gift for each student and drawings that are to be held throughout the night, Caster said.

Game tables are to be added to the restaurant for the night, Caster said. Crescent Sound Machine is to provide music and plans to have its own games.

More fundraisers are planned for the event, Caster said. Car washes and other events are to be announced.