Carbonear Collegiate auction ‘best yet’
Event raises some $18,000 for school
Carbonear Collegiate’s 2013 auction is being hailed as “the best yet.”
From the atmosphere to the food, principal Eddie Russell has been hearing nothing but good things about what has become the school’s premier fundraising event.
This year’s auction raised some $18,000, a result described by Russell as “fantastic.”
Guests were especially pleased with the dining experience provided by Harbour Breeze in Harbour Grace, with some saying it was the best in the nine-year history of the event.
At $ 40 per plate, guests were treated to a delightful four-course meal and a steady supply of wine and other beverages. A dance followed.
“Where are you going to get that for $ 40?” said Russell. “It was a great evening.”
Russell feels the goal of improving the event each year is on track.
“You listen to the feedback and make any improvements you feel will help,” he said.
Among the highlights of this year’s event was the participation of Harbour Grace native Walter Mercer, an experienced auctioneer and retired engineer. Mercer worked much of his career in Ontario.
Carbonear Collegiate principal Eddie Russell.
“A lot of people commented on the job that he did and the entertainment value that he brought to it,” said Russell.
The school had over 40 live auction items, some 150 silent auction items and 15 rapid- fire auction items, which was an addition for this year. All the items were donated by businesses and individuals throughout the region.
The patron was Margaret Earle, a former executive director with the Association of Registered Nurs- es of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Russell praised the work of the auction committee, which is comprised mainly of staff and parents.
“They really give their all from January to the middle of February,” said Russell.
Benefits the entire school
The money raised from the event is invested into the school. Teachers and department heads will be asked to submit proposals in the coming weeks, Russell explained.
The aim is to get as much for the money as possible.
Should there be too many proposals and not enough money, the final decision would come to the auction committee.
“We’ve been pretty good over the last number of years with every proposal that has been put forward,” said Russell. “Some of it, if not all o f i t , h a s a lways been approved.”
In the past, requests approved included computers, various resources and even a cadaver for the science lab.
Some $3,000 of the proceeds is invested into the school’s breakfast program, said Russell.
The principal said the event is an example of the broader community supporting the school.
“To see the parents and the community get behind it, it’s a good feeling,” said Russell.
Meanwhile, Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts will hold its annual auction on March 23. Like Carbonear Collegiate, the event at Ascension has also grown into the school’s largest fundraiser, with wide- ranging support from the community at large.
Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass