According to La Vereda Foundation President Tina Ghormley, the nonprofit group relies on proceeds from the auction to keep the building operational for yoga classes and other community events.
Before the bidding began, Ghormley said, “We’re happy to offer our services to the community and keep the building open for weddings and other events.” The space is available for rental, but it’s also a gathering place for the community.
Ghormley praised old and new board members and recognized previous leaders who laid the foundation for the community center.
Volunteer auctioneers Tom Tichy and Kyler Brown shared the microphone for the night. Bidders battled for more than 60 items ranging from framed artwork, sculptures, baskets full of treats, pounds of local meat, pies and gift certificates. As bidding wars accelerated, Tichy and Brown comically pointed to bidders and told them their amount before asking for an increase.
La Vereda Vice-President Leigh Anne Lobato estimated more than $10,000 of generous donations for the night. Some wearing masks, auction guests enjoyed excellent food and beverages worth much more than the $10 price of admission, thanks to Three Barrel Brewery and other local vendors.