Preparing for elegance

A vast collection of items, from a trip to Hawaii to an airplane ride over Yosemite National Park, will be up for bid at the 31st Annual Elegant Auction held April 9 at Tenaya Lodge.

The event remains the only fundraiser that provides necessary maintenance, new equipment and water at Oakhurst Community Park.

Doors open at 5 p.m., along with silent auction bidding. Guests will be provided with complimentary champagne to sip while placing their bids, in addition to a gourmet dinner and dessert buffet, and live music with Wild Hare performing throughout the night.

At 8 p.m., a professional auctioneer will announce the beginning of the exciting live auction.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our art from previous auctions and are looking forward to another wonderful event this year,” said Chris and Bobbie Duncanson of Walt Bannon Drilling. “We will be there with bells on and paddles in hand.”

Included in the many live auction items that have already been secured are some annual favorites: pizza every month for a year by Pizza Factory; a full-color half-page advertisement donated by the Sierra Star; one year of Cable TV Service donated by Northland Communications; and Yosemite Bank’s “Dash for Cash,” where the winner has 90 seconds to transfer as much as cash as possible from the bank’s jar into an empty one to keep.

CLASS, the Body Pastiche and SkinLogix Spa are combining their services to create an unprecedented package of wellness and beauty, which will include a health membership package with personal coaching, custom massage, facial, and more.

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, and even the private airplane flight over Yosemite National Park.

Realtor Theresa Wilson, who won that flight last year said it was “one of the best experiences of my life.”

“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.”

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, Nemeth & Petrushkin of Ameriprise Financial.

Details: Andrew Pence, (559) 785-3941,,

Auction items of interest

The following are some special auction items that will be up for bid at the event:

*  Four week-long vacations - to Kona, Hawaii, donated by Rick and Teri Gambril, at a vacation home in South Padre Island, Texas, donated by Oakhurst attorney Greg Chappel, at the Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa in Los Cabos, and in a beachfront condo in Mexico Beach, Florida, donated by David and Louise Nemeth.

Other 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.

*  Two tickets to every opening night at the Golden Chain Theatre, and tickets to many community events such as the Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Crab Feed, the Fall Festival, and more.

*  A five-course prix-fine dinner for four at Erna’s Elderberry House.

*  A cottage play house donated by Robert and Denise Brosi and the Children’s Museum of the Sierra valued at $1,000 (delivery included).

*  An airplane ride for up to three passengers over Yosemite, valued at $600, donated by Tony and Michelle Borrenson of Airborn Aviation.

*  Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will don his apron to a prepare a gourmet venison dinner for eight, with beer provided by South Gate Brewing Company.

*  A 13-by-13-foot outdoor gazebo with mesh curtains and votive candle hanging chandelier, donated by Custom Design Construction of Oakhurst.

*  Three piece outdoor chat set including two rocking chairs and a marble-painted glass table donated by True Value Home Center.

*  A six-foot tall carved bear from Jim Smith.

*  An autographed Joe Montana 49er’s football jersey with two game tickets donated by Ken and Paula Trappen.

Staff report