Elegant Auction

Oakhurst Community Park Fundraiser

-- Staff ReportMarch 20, 2013 

It's time to put on your best evening attire, sip champagne, bid on auction items and then dance the night away at the 28th Annual Elegant Auction beginning at 5 p.m. this Saturday at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp to benefit the Oakhurst Community Park.

"It looks like we're going to have a great event," said Susan Macaulay, auction chairperson. "We have 38 rooms booked (at Tenaya), so a lot of people are staying up there and planning to have a good time."

The theme for this year's event is "Lucky 13." There will be a silent auction beginning at 5 p.m. and a live auction at 8 p.m. There will also be a gourmet buffet, dessert bar and complimentary champagne. Following dinner and the auctions, there will be a DJ and dancing until 1 a.m., along with a few tables of Texas Hold 'Em to go along with the "Lucky 13" theme.

Some of the auction items include a wrought iron wine rack with 12 bottles of wine, wood flooring, a fly fishing package with pole, a carved bear, a set of tires, a week vacation in Palm Springs, a week vacation in Hawaii, a Disneyland package, a 50" flat screen television, and a Chef's Five-Course Holiday Gala Dinner and hotel stay for two couples at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite.

One item, created specifically for the Elegant Auction, is a silk painting called "A Glimpse of the Merced River." The 15x60 inch work of art was created by eighth grade student artists Isaiah Bluestein, Rylie Sullivan, Hannah Scott and Kacey McLeod of Mountain Home School Charter.

"I enjoyed working with a new medium, silk painting, and I'm happy with the way it captured the feel of the river," Bluestein said.

The students created the work of art under the direction of teachers Irina Buca and Joanie Madaus.

"Blending education, the creative talent we have at our schools, and our enthusiastic community makes for wonderful experience all around," Madaus said. "The Elegant Auction is a perfect service project venue for our 8th graders."

Tickets costs $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Admission includes a gourmet buffet, dessert bar and complimentary champagne. Last year the event raised about $35,000 for the park.

Details: (559) 683-4494.

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