MAY 6, 2010

Auctioneer Will Godfrey and his sidekick, JoAnne Bonura, entertaining the crowd of 125 at the Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Auction.

Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce President, Harv Nelson, and the rifle drawing winner, Jeri Sinclair, at the Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Auction.

Pierce-Weippe Chamber Auction breaks all records

   The Weippe Community Center came alive with excitement and laughter Saturday, May 1, with our largest attendance ever – First record broken!  There were 125 jolly folks busy playing Plinko, Ladderball, Bean Bag Toss and demonstrating their agility hula hooping while dropping hundreds of tickets into the Bucket Raffles, and trying to outbid their best friends for the Silent Auction items.

   The Live Auction proved to be very entertaining as several items were caught in the middle of bidding wars.  The floor show provided by Will Godfrey, our auctioneer from Lewiston, and his sidekick, JoAnne Bonura, was a real treat!

   The dinner, catered by Rebekah Lodge, was delicious – with some folks even going back for seconds. People found it hard to choose between the delicious chicken dinner and the sumptuous prime rib prepared by Greg Gerot of Studio 205 and Rob Harrell of the Timber Inn (Greg and Rob are known countywide for their ability to cook prime rib!)  Even the Cash Bar saw a decent amount of activity.

   The event brought in a total of approximately $9300 that the Pierce-Weippe Chamber will use in promoting the Pierce, Weippe and Orofino Chamber members throughout the year!  Of course, we still need to pay those pesky expenses but the final tally will be outstanding!  This was by far our best event ever thanks to you – Second record broken!

   Bev and Barry Bailey and JoAnne and Jerry Bonura and their guests enjoyed being catered to at the Head Table that they won at last year’s live auction – they were served their dinner, dessert, wine and beer (the price of which was included with their winning bid), received special “treats” and were the envy of others in attendance!  Roger and Amy Smith of Whiskey Creek Artisans, Orofino, won the head table for the 2011 festivities!  Congratulations to them!

   The Gun Drawing drew lots of last minute buyers who just knew that they had purchased the winning ticket.  But, alas, the winning ticket belonged to Jeri and Vernie Sinclair of Weippe, who are now the proud new owners of a Savage 300 win mag plus scope and strap purchased from Olive’s Auto Parts in Orofino.  Way to go, Jeri and Vernie, and congratulations! 

   Other big winners of the evening were State Senator Lee Heinrich who won our first ever Alcohol Drawing and our Door Prize winner, Teri Larson.

   And since it is an election year, we had some very generous political candidates and public officials in attendance:  Don Ebert, John Allen, Carole Galloway, Stan Leach, Lee Heinrich, and Sheryl Nuxoll. The Mayor of Weippe, Norm Steadman, and the Mayor of Pierce, Greg Gerot, were there to support the event and the communities as well.  Attendees found Mayor Steadman setting up for the event (as well as tearing down afterwards), and Mayor Gerot serving prime rib along with Robbie Harrell of the Timber Inn.

   This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the businesses throughout the area that donated numerous auction, bucket raffle items, and cash donations.  The outpouring of generosity was tremendous this year with the largest number of donations ever – Third record broken!  Thank you all so very much!

   Thank you also to everyone that helped with this event and who ate, played, and bid throughout the evening.  It is a tribute to this area that this event is supported by so many. It will be even bigger and better next year so mark it on your calendar to attend. The towns of Pierce, Weippe and Orofino may not be as large as others but the outpouring of generosity and support are just amazing and so very much appreciated!

   Don’t forget our Fishing Tournament to be held on the Idaho free fishing day, June 12, at the Deer Creek Reservoir and our Wine Tasting Party in July at the Timber Inn in Pierce.  Watch for details in the coming months!