LSE Auction Showdown
Cowboys and Cowgirls sauntered to the Lake Spokane Auction Showdown for an evening of fund-raising fun. This annual event, sponsored by the Lake Spokane PTN, was held on Saturday, March 10. The PTN turned the "old grocery store" into the perfect western venue, complete with straw on the floor. Guests feasted on fantastic barbecue by Big Rod, socialized, and raised money "for the kids." Each guest selected a numbered paddle for the evening.Along one wall over 33 baskets were displayed for the Silent Auction. For the baskets, classrooms had an assigned theme and parents donated items. To bid on a basket, a guest wrote down his/her paddle number and amount, so that bids were anonymous. Additionally, a variety gift cards were raffled off throughout the night.After a delicious dinner, dessert offered yet another bidding opportunity. On each table was a Dessert Frenzy envelope. Each table pooled money and placed it into the envelope. This was collected and the table with the highest bid chose its dessert first, and so on down to the least amount bid. The highest bid for desert was $150!Next the Live Auction was held. Superintendent Brian Talbott perfected the art of auctioneering just in time for this event. His rhythmic repetition was entertaining and comedic, which added to the bidding fun. On more than one occasion he helped the auction along by giving opposing bidders bills out of his wallet! In all, 12 items were auctioned, including two adult lift tickets from 49 Degrees North, a signed Gonzaga Basket Ball, and a seven night stay at the Pend Oreille Lake Resort.
This evening was not only fun, it generated $7,000 for Lake Spokane Elementary classrooms. The PTN would like to thank all volunteers who donated countless hours to plan this event; all businesses and members of the community who donated to the auction; and a big "thank you" to all of the parents and members of the community who came out to support the Annual Dinner Auction.