This year's Christmas Tree Auction, benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst and other area charities, will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, in the Bass Lake Event Center's Lake View Room.
Doors open for the silent auction, raffle, hors d'oeuvres and complimentary champagne at 3 p.m., with bidding in the live auction starting at 5:30 p.m.
The most unique aspect of this event is the number of groups involved and the charities who benefit from it. Each of the live auction items are created by a different organization or business. The Boys & Girls Club receives a minimum of 25% of the winning bid and the contributing organization's choice of charity receives the remainder. Some groups allocate 100% of their item's purchase amount to the Club.
"The inspiring aspect of this event is the collaborative nature of it. Boys & Girls Club is in essence the host of an opportunity for other local nonprofits to raise money and create additional awareness for their organizations," said Club President Melanie Barker. "We are so fortunate to live in a community that cares, and we look forward to a fruitful result for all the nonprofits that are participating.
The Club's Christmas Tree Auction has become a holiday tradition for the Mountain Area. Over 200 silent auction items are offered in addition to a raffle and a door prize, great food and the highly anticipated live auction of hand-decorated full sized trees, table top trees, and wreaths that are displayed throughout the room to create a truly magical feeling.
This is the seventh year that an online venue has preceded the event. Through the website, supporters who might not be able to attend the event, because of geographical or any other type of conflict, can bid on items that are available exclusively online from November 19th - 30th. The online auction also offers informative biographies about the many charities involved in the event
Tickets are $30 per person or four for $100 (advance purchase only) and can be purchased at the event, or at biddingforgood.com/bgcoakhurst.com. Details: Rima Runtzel. (559) 642-0313, Donna Smith, (559) 676-4811.