Operation Back-Up: Annual Dinner & Auction

Operation Back-Up: Annual Dinner & Auction

Just as things were heating up outside in the weather department, things were also heating up in the Bar & Grill this past Saturday evening during our Annual Dinner & Auction, which we also turned into a bit of a dance this year. I will preface this story with a bit of an apology; I feel I owe you the citizens of Sussex a bit of an apology for not doing a better job at letting you know the auction was open to the public; not ticket required. Next season I promise to do a better job marketing this great event – because honestly, you don’t want to miss it. It’s a lot of fun and we generally raise a substantial amount of money for the cause we are fundraising for. And I should mention there are lots of great items up for grabs too.

Funds for this year’s auction have been earmarked for a new back-up generator for the new lodge at Poley Mountain, hence the name “Operation Back-Up”. As additional incentive, Mr. Bill Anderson, our leader and commander in charge, vowed to shave off his moustache if we could reach double the amount of our typical goal, which has always been $10,000. Keep in mind this moustache has not been shaved off since Bill’s senior year of high school, at his Mother’s request… just a few years back. Knowing $20,000 would a challenging yet attainable goal, we were focused with our efforts. The Dinner & Auction evening began in the afternoon with a silent auction, which surpassed any expectations we had hoped for. For dinner, we served a Roast Beef Dinner Buffet with bacon wrapped scallops, shrimp, caesar salad, and baby roasted potatoes. This portion of the evening was ticket-based, which also included 1 alcoholic beverage ticket and dessert, strawberry rhubarb crumble prepared by Chef Mathias. We are happy to report we sold 87 tickets to this portion of the evening, which is excellent! But I’m aiming to surpass 100 next season, with the additional attendance of you who read this column faithfully (so I am told), along with others from our local communities and beyond. If you treat yourself to one evening out next winter – this is a good one!

The live auction portion of the evening is hosted by none other than Mr. William Anderson, who double-timed as our auctioneer as well. Some of the popular prizes of the evening included two wine and beverage fridges, Taste & See certificates, a signed electric guitar by Reba McIntyre, hot air balloon rides, an adult season pass, MLB and NHL tickets, hand crafted sitting bench / coffee table, among many other things. Some of the other fundraising ideas held during the evening included tickets to a ‘booze basket’, 50/50 split, and certain individuals choosing to donate funds for no other reason than to support the cause.

I’m extremely tickled to share with you that we have not only reached our goal of $20,000, but we have surpassed it. With additional fundraising opportunities still to come, including our Annual Charity Challenge, we have presently raised $21,212 and some odd cents. Pretty fantastic if you ask us here at the Mountain. I tried to “Photoshop” what Bill will look like without his beloved moustache, but arguably I came up a bit short. I now know I have no hope of Bill paying for any Photoshop training, just so I can’t articulate such images.

Speaking of our Annual Charity Challenge, it is scheduled for Saturday March 19th, rain or shine. We are looking for teams of 6, 8, 10, even 12. We particularly enjoy rivalries between schools, businesses, etc… You will be tasked with trivia, challenges, activities and more. Bill’s Beauties have won this event 3 of 4 years, or something silly like that! It is time they were de-throned. All in all, it should be a great day! The Sticky Bandits will wrap up the event with live music from 4-8pm. If you would like to register a team, please call 433-7668 to do so.

Now if I may take a few moments to thank all those who either donated items and/or sponsored portions of the evening… we certainly couldn’t pull off this successful event without each and every one of you…

As Submitted to the Kings County Record 

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