Charity auction raises $26,000
By EMMA CORNFORD
AS much as $26,000 was raised by people of the Clarence Valley at the annual Midday Rotary Auction on Saturday night.
A dinner by chef Mark Hackett, a signed Parramatta rugby league jersey and Greater Building Society holiday points were the big money-pullers, raising almost $4000 between them.
Auction committee chairman Adam Sydenham said he was indebted to everyone who came along and made the night a success.
"Unfortunately it coincided with a lot of other events around the Valley so we had around 150 people, but we had a great night and everyone who was there certainly dug deep," he said.
"There was a real mixture of people there. Some hadn't been before but they said afterwards that they'd definitely come back next year."
With more than 300 items up for grabs to the highest bidders, there was something for everyone.
"And next year we're hoping we'll be able to auction off a car. It's something we're seriously considering," Mr Sydenham.
"But I'd like to publicly thank all of those donors who helped make it such a great night, and the South (Grafton Ex-Servicemen's) Club for looking after us so well."
People at the event were treated to a three-course meal as well as entertainment by comedian Sandy Thorne.
"She was really, really good. Sandy had a lot of good old yarns to tell," Mr Sydenham said.
"We also auctioned off the skills of a carpenter which raised around $400."