Pilot story and photos

by Bill Schlichting

High bids were heard throughout the Brookings-Harbor High School gymnasium during a live auction Saturday night bringing in $5,740.

Add proceeds from a silent auction, the bidder paddle fee and fines from spousal interference, the high school's Safe and Sober Graduation Party Committee raised $8,909.

Spousal interference fines of $20 per incidence were imposed on anyone caught keeping their spouse from making a bid.

After auction expenses are paid, the remaining funds will be used to purchase gifts for participants of the all-night party for the class of 2003 in addition to paying for entertainment.

Dan Brattain of Cal-Ore Life Flight Air and Ground Ambulance served as auctioneer. He had help from ambulance employees and those from other businesses. These people spotted bids, watched for spousal interference, tracked bids and collected payment. Senior students displayed items for the live auction.

Items were donated by 234 individuals and businesses from the community. Items ranged from gift certificates, vacation packages, advertising space and gift baskets, to a truck tool box, stand-up basketball hoop and a throw rug.

One man, Michael Van Demark, also known as bidder No. 66, seemed to steal the show, making bid after bid. Whenever he saw something he was interested in purchasing, he would raise his paddle. When the auction was over, Van Demark probably had the largest pile of purchases.

In addition to the auction, there was a raffle for a DVD player. Following a solo by Nick Troendle, the winning ticket was drawn.

Prior to the live auction, people were treated to homemade desserts and beverages provided by parents of senior class members. During this time entertainment was provided by the high school's choir under the direction of Jerry Moffit.