A large collection of silent and live auction items, from a trip to Hawaii to an airplane ride over Yosemite Valley, will be up for bid Saturday at the 31st Annual Elegant Auction to benefit the Oakhurst Community Park.
This year’s theme is “A Night at the Oasis.”
The event, at Tenaya Lodge, remains the only fundraiser that provides for the maintenance, upgrades, and new equipment for the park.
Doors open at 5 p.m., along with silent auction bidding. Guests will be served champagne while placing their bids, in addition to a gourmet dinner and dessert buffet, and live music with Wild Hare performing throughout the night.
Action heats up at 8 p.m., when an auctioneer begins the always exciting live auction.
Included in the many live auction items are some annual favorites: pizza every month for a year from Pizza Factory; a full-color half-page advertisement donated by the Sierra Star; and one year of Cable TV service donated by Northland Communications.
Mini vacations include a two-night stay at The Redwoods in Yosemite, and a two-night stay at Tenaya Lodge for New Year’s Eve. Erna’s Elderberry House has donated a five-course dinner for four, and Dr. Robert and Denise Brosi, along with the Children’s Museum of the Sierra, has donated a cottage play house valued at $1,000 (delivery included).
Additional live auction items include trips to Hawaii, Texas, and Mexico Beach in Florida, custom works of art, jewelry, a VIP Oakhurst Tree Lighting Experience for four, two tickets to every opening night at the Golden Chain Theatre, as well as tickets to many community events including the Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Crab Feed and the Fall Festival, and a private airplane flight over Yosemite National Park.
“This year’s event will truly be like none before,” said Andrew Pence, Oakhurst Park and Elegant Auction committee chair. “We are ready to break some records.”
Pence’s mother, Mary, was one of the founders of the Elegant Auction, and Andrew remembers as a youngster helping with the clean-up after the event.
“And I remember playing in the park as a kid ... the park has been a big part of our family for as long as I can remember,” Pence said. “The park means a lot to our community and the Elegant Auction is crucial to keeping the park open and in good shape for everyone.”
Tickets are $45 when purchased in advance and $55 at the door. All tickets that are purchased online via the Facebook Page before April 1 will be entered into a drawing to win 100 free raffle tickets.
Tickets are also available at Supreme Lending (formerly WJ Bradley Mortgage), Macaulay Insurance, and Nemeth & Petrushkin Ameriprise Financial.