Guests bid on silent and live auction items after dining and dancing
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The second annual Animal Friends’ Gala and Dinner Auction benefiting the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic was held April 5, at the Cedar Creek Country Club in Kemp.
The more than $40,000 raised from the event goes toward spaying and neutering the homeless animals of Cedar Creek Lake.
After silent auction bidding, the more than 200 attendees enjoyed cocktails, salad, rolls, breaded chicken, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and a cupcake for dessert.
Silent auction items included jewelry, oversize doggie beds, picture frames, dinner ware, golf items, lighthouse figurines, candles, a yoga kit and more.
After dinner, the live auction bidding brought a number of surprises.
The highlight of the night was the sale of the clock with went for $200. After the purchase, the clock was given back to the donator, Kathi Mooney and sold again for $300. The clock was given back to Mooney a second time and then sold for its final time for $400.
Altogether, the clock brought in $900 for the gala.
However, the five foot by four and a half foot golf leaf framed Bellagio Shadows painting by Howard Behrens, valued at $2,475, did not sell. The opening bid price went as low at $600 with not one bid being offered.
Other items included a nine foot two-person kayak with paddle and life jackets, a behind the scenes tour of the Dallas Zoo, overnight stay at Black Beauty’s Luxury Suite for two overlooking the Gorilla Compound, a Brinkman Propane Barbecue Grill, a weekend stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Las Colinas, Apple iPad Mini, lady’s vintage platinum and diamond ring and a German triple chime wall clock with Jauch movement.
Live auction items brought in close to $7,000.
Legends 770 AM radio host of The Morning Drive Show Dave Tanner and drummer Dale Cook entertained throughout the evening with tunes like I Got Rhythm, Yellow Rose of Texas, I Left my Heart in San Francisco, In the Mood and many other favorites.
Tanner has entertained presidents, Texas governors and European royalty and Cook began his musical career at age 7 and has played with Peter Nero and Doc Severinsen.
Guests danced to waltzes and kept time with faster-paced dances before and after dinner.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the Thursday, April 24, 2014 issue of The Monitor.