Silent Auction and Food
Legacy of Caring: A Celebration of Giving
By Jean Lomax. Photos by Steve Papke
The Legacy of Caring Gala and Auction: A Celebration of Giving was held at The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti on Saturday, May 4, to rave reviews. “Best gala ever!” “We enjoyed it tremendously.” “Fabulous and fun!” were just a few of comments that followed the event. Hosted by the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild, the Legacy of Caring benefits charitable organizations in Pickens and Dawson counties, whose primary focus is the well-being of women, children and families.
An annual event in Big Canoe, the Gala receives exceptional support from the community. The auction committee, headed by Catrece Morton and Elaine DeNiro, were able to offer 172 silent auction items, including several baskets and gift certificates, art work, experiences, jewelry and décor items. There was something for everyone and competitive bidding on several highly sought after items.
Gala Chair Beth Herren had worked with Clubhouse Director Jasmin Ilazovic to make sure everything was perfect. Guests were welcomed by Sandra Gadd and her assistants before heading to the bar for a complimentary glass of wine or to the first of four outstanding food stations. Moving from the appetizer table, to the carving station and the fresh pasta line, guests mingled, enjoyed the festive atmosphere and added an extra bid to their favorite silent auction item.
With the running of the Kentucky Derby that evening, guests gathered in the bar area to watch the race before being ushered onto the Veranda for the live auction and entertainment. Syl and Gordon Harnesberger were recognized as Honorary Chairs for the evening. Sponsors and auction donors were thanked and a video, prepared by Mark Green, highlighting two of the supported charities, played in the background allowing guests to ponder their response to the eight live auction opportunities. John McMurray of Angry Mama’s Auction Co. in Jasper was introduced as auctioneer and the bidding began. McMurray was hilarious, playing to the audience and encouraging competition. It will be a week or so before the final numbers are in but those present could hear the dollars adding up.
Next on stage was MAMADEAR, the talented Nashville based trio, singing a mix of new and familiar harmonies, including “Take it Easy” by The Eagles. The band had played at a private event for the Prince of Monaco last summer and has been invited back again this year. The Prince it was discovered is a huge fan of The Eagles.
The Gala and Auction was the fourth and final fundraising event for the Guild’s 2018-2019 year, which included Casseroles to Go and The Christmas Collectors’ Corner in November and December and the Springtime Marketplace the last weekend in April. The Guild is grateful to everyone who supported them throughout the year.
The Kentucky Derby
Silent Auction closes