Gala brings in $25,000 for arts council

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By Jenny Hartley

Lancaster County Council of the Arts director Sam Courtney says the council’s annual fundraiser gala brought in more than $25,000.

The gala was held Saturday night at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.

The theme was Mardi Gras Mystique, and many of the 325 people who attended dressed the part, with many wearing masks or feather boas, or even crazier get-ups, with one attendee dressed as a jester.

“We were very pleased with the turn-out,” Courtney said. “The building was beautiful. The gala co-chairs did a wonderful job decorating.”

But the weak economy took its toll, as the bids on some items in a live and silent auction were less than expected. Items auctioned off included paintings, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, handmade lamps and walking sticks, all by local artists, to golf packages, landscaping services and gift baskets from local businesses.

A ball signed by former major league baseball stars Don Sutton, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn and Early Wynn was sold in the live auction for $450.

“We wish a few items had gone for more, but that’s the economy,” Courtney said.

The star of the evening may have been the little, blond puffball of a puppy, which was auctioned off for $450 to Ken Davis.

The arts council considered getting a “designer” dog, such as a Yorkshire terrier, to auction off, but instead went to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter to get a mixed-breed puppy.

Pat Thompson won the train trip for six aboard the Lancaster & Chester Railway in the drawing at the end of the night.

Mandy and Mitch Norrell won the second-place prize, $1,000.

Patricia Rucker McCray won a weekend at Myrtle Beach when her name was drawn third.

Tickets for the annual drawing cost $100 each.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151