The Chewelah Chamber of Commerce raised approximately $17,000 at the 2012 Dinner and Auction on Sept. 22, which includes proceeds from the summer golf cart raffle.
On its own, the auction grossed about $13,000 with 80 silent auction items and 35 live auction items that all sold that evening.
“This year we had above average quality items contributed from the local business community,” said Chamber president Tracy Ferrell, “and extremely generous bidders.”
“It has turned around from an auction where you look to get bargains to an auction to find really unique and wonderful things,” Ferrell added.
The highest selling item was a log truck load of firewood from Hansen Logging that sold for $2,600.
“I have never seen one go that high,” said Sherri Hansen, a member of the Chamber Auction planning committee.
A second load of wood sold for $1,700.
John Newbury, a well-known fly-tier from Chewelah, was the featured artist at the annual Chamber event. He demonstrated how to tie flies throughout the evening and helped Dr. Bud Evans tie his first fly as well.
A large shadowbox frame of Newbury’s flies sold for $1,000 during the live auction. It was a framed centerfold print for Proof Magazine featuring 64 flies mounted in a shadowbox with three actual flies. Newbury also offered to give the highest bidder a dozen flies for every $150 bid with a maximum of six sets. Newbury said he never sells his work, only donates to events such as this auction.
Four framed prints of single flies also sold for a good price in the silent auction, Hansen said.
The Cougar Athletic Boosters cooked the dinner for the event that consisted of chicken alfredo, salad and carrot cake cupcakes and about 125 dinner tickets were sold at $12.50 each. Since the Chamber split the profit with the Boosters and shared the expenses, each organization raised $500 from the dinner.
“We loved partnering with the Boosters,” Ferrell said. “There was nothing but positive comments on the dinner.” Hansen said they wanted to partner with a group from the community to give them an opportunity to raise money as well.
Finally, the Chamber profited about $3,500 on the summer golf cart raffle and drew the winning ticket after the live auction was complete. Doug Jones, of Spokane, won the 2006 E-Z Go Gas Golf Cart custom painted by Redline Finishing. Jones said he purchased the ticket while golfing at the Chewelah Golf Course during the Oxarc Tournament. Chamber members had sold 719 tickets for $5 each throughout the spring and summer. Since the cost of the golf cart was sponsored by 27 local businesses, the Chamber kept all the proceeds. Overall, the evening was a success, Hansen said.
“It was fantastic,” Ferrell said.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Doug Jones of Spokane won the 2006 E-Z Go Gas Golf Cart at the raffle drawing that followed the annual Chamber of Commerce Auction. After picking it up, he immediately went to play a round at the Chewelah Golf and Country Club to “break it in.” Jared Arnold photo