Reflection on the 2018 Auction

Reflection on the 2018 Auction

Turning Silver into Gold

by Mary Ellen Aurelius

Author's Note: When Mike Morgan asked me to write this, he suggested I reflect on memories from past Auctions that I coordinated...in thinking about that, I wrote the following... After last year’s auction, both my sister, Sarajane Powell, and I decided it would be our last Auction to Chair...not to opt out altogether, but not to Chair. And, as a result, the Finance Committee chaired by Kristin Reveal took on this year’s Auction. In consultation with the office administrator, the decision was made to involve many others in the Auction preparation process. I had my doubts. Kristin and Nathanael have their own business, thus making them excellent managers and very organized. Kristin called her first Auction meeting in the fall, invited any and all who were interested, and laid out a plan of action for the Spring Annual Auction. Committees were formed at the next meeting and the groups meet separately to make plans as well. Everything seemed on track. An Auction date was set for March 17th. That lent itself perfectly for a themed evening...complete with John Brown playing his shiny, new penny whistle. The Committees met and set about completing the projects before them. On March 16th, Kristin and Nathanael (along with many other committee volunteers) spent the entire day with our Office Administrator, Kris Thresher, finishing up every little item on the very big, long list. Auction night arrived. Kristin had ordered a perfect day and the weather obliged. Although the Live Auction catalog looked a little sparse to me, we had terrific Silent Auction items, plus a multitude of fantastic baskets for sale. The Live Auction items went quickly, as the bidders were fast and furious. We ended the evening quite early and received a huge surprise with an announcement that our at-that-moment goal had reached $11,000. Wow! Kristin, and all who had helped her, had surpassed their budgeted goal...by a huge margin! This control-it-all, doubting-Thomas type person was completely wrong about Kristin, and all who had helped her, had surpassed their budgeted goal...by a huge margin!

This control-it-all, doubting-Thomas type person was completely wrong about everything. Kristin had turned what had been merely years-before-Silver into pure, unadulterated Gold!