AUCTION GARNERS $29,800

November 10, 2004 12:00 am
Betty Mears, left, Carol Lute-Erb and Pat Piper take bids from TV viewers. ().
Betty Mears, left, Carol Lute-Erb and Pat Piper take bids from TV viewers. ().

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by Bill Schlichting

A new record is on the books for the amount of money collected by the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce TV Auction.

The weekend auction generated more than $29,800, announced Les Cohen, chamber executive director.

"It was a very good year," Cohen said.

"I was thrilled. It was terrific," Cohen said. "It was the best we've ever done."

This year's event returned to the Brookings Elks Lodge where people could come and bid for items donated by merchants, mostly in the Brookings-Harbor area. People who receive KBSC-TV on Charter cable also had the opportunity to bid.

People who attended the auction at the lodge had the opportunity to be served food, and every hour spin the "wheel of fortune" for cash and prizes.

With people bidding inside the Elks Lodge and calling from Curry and Del Norte counties, Cohen said, there were several bidding wars.

Bids started at half the retail value of the donated merchandise and services. Some items sold for less than retail, others for more. At least one item had an opening bid that was the value of the service.

"I want to thank all the merchants for their generous donations," Cohen said.

Volunteers from area businesses helped answer the phones for people calling in bids.

Business who helped at the auction included the Curry Coastal Pilot, Cal-Or Insurance, Chetco Federal Credit Union, Blue Pacific Realty, KURY Radio, Century 21 Agate Realty, Azalea Quilters Guild, Sutter Coast Health Center of Brookings-Harbor, The Shed Man, Seashore Real Estate and the Community Food Bank.

The Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, board members and volunteers served as runners and cashiers.

Proceeds from the auction benefit promoting tourism in the community.