Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate auc­tion ‘best yet’

Event raises some $18,000 for school

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

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

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