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Chamber, Rotary auction nets $21,000; two split top prize in ‘Last Man’ drawing

A moment of decision. Gene Wilkes contemplates the chances of going home with $2,200 in the Chamber/Rotary Auction ‘Last Man Standing’ event Saturday night, or leaving with half that amount. Concluding that being certain of half is better than the possibility of nothing ... Wilkes opted to split the cash prize with Tim Waters. A final peek at the next number that would have been drawn revealed that Wilkes would have won it all. Half of a sure thing, however, still beats the other option.

Ashton Barnard Rogers, left, and Taylor Sapp, right, helped give bidders a view of the items offered at auction last Saturday evening.
Chamber, Rotary auction nets $21,000;
two split top prize in ‘Last Man’ drawing

Attendance was down from previous years but bidders’ enthusiasm was high as ever, and the 11th Annual Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce silent/live auction event on Saturday night netted an estimated $21,000 that will be shared equally by the two organizations to promote community projects.
“Let’s Set Sail” was the theme for the evening, which was staged at the Evans County Wildlife Club and attended by a crowd estimated at 130. The theme was chosen to reflect the top auction item of the evening – a cruise that includes 8 days/7 nights in Alaska, round trip airfare, and cruise cabins and hotel accommodations during and after travel.
Janice and Bill Pryor were the successful bidders, offering a top bid of $6,000. The package was made available through donations from more than two dozen individuals and business firms.
Saturday night’s attendance, less than last year’s number, was likely due to numerous community events throughout the week and competing sports venues during the weekend. Although the headcount might have been lower, the event was a major success and earned high praise from Chamber Executive Director Tammi Hall.

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