Last night, Gina and I joined several friends to attend a fundraiser for Dental Aid, a local organization that provides dental health services to those who can't afford them. The black tie event included both silent and live auctions.
The silent auction included dozens of items, including dinners at local restaurants, spa services, gift baskets, all kinds of stuff. Gina donated a gift subscription to her Flying Five Coffee (and she was very pleased that it sold for quite a premium over the retail value).
The big-ticket items were reserved for the live auction, which was MC'ed by a professional auctioneer. The items included a denim jacket that had been hand decorated by Dave Matthews, various vacation packages, and other unique offerings.
This was my first live auction like this, and the auctioneer certainly had a gift for whipping up the excitement in the room. I think both Gina and I were a little too caught up in that excitement.
This morning, we're both nursing healthy doses of hangover and buyer's remorse. Neither of us is a budding photographer, so did we really need that 6-hour photography workshop?
I guess it all goes to a good cause ...