Gala auction raises $6,500 for Basehor library
Auctioneer Lynne Sebree's advice was simple: "Bid high, bid often and bid fast."
Sebree directed a gala auction last Thursday to benefit the Basehor Community Library. The event, which about 200 people attended, raised about $6,500 for the new library, which will be constructed on 158th Street, north of U.S. Highway 24-40.
About three months ago, library district voters approved a $2.99 million bond issue for the library construction. And until the new library is constructed, it will be moved to larger, temporary quarters on Parallel Road.
Last week's gala auction at the Legends Theater featured not only a live auction, but a silent auction, cash bar and refreshments and a movie.
Those in attendance sipped on red wine and browsed several tables of more than 90 donated items in the upstairs lounge of the theatre.
Bids were placed on such dinners and spa packages from various local restaurants and businesses.
Basehor resident Debbie Breuer said she put down several bids in the silent auction, but was not necessarily hoping to receive anything in particular.
"Whatever the library does, I support," she said. "You have to have at least two people to make an auction work and I'm just keeping the game going."
Guests rushed to place bids on items in the last few minutes of the silent auction, then headed downstairs to bid on 11 live auction items.
Gala attendees packed the upper level of theater 6. Lila White, president of the Friends of the Library, was grateful for the turnout.
"This is so exciting," White said. "We should make this an annual event."
Sebree was greeted with cheers and applause when he asked the crowd if they were excited for the new library. He promptly started the live auction, rapidly rattling off numbers and pointing to raised hands. Some of the items auction attendees bid on included an air hockey table from Amini's Galleria, two season passes to Kansas Speedway and a private wine tasting at Holy-Field Winery in Basehor.
After the live auction, guests were treated to a movie, "Akeelah and the Bee."
Teresa Fliger, gala organizer, termed the event a complete success. She said she was impressed with the generous help and donations from the Legends Theater and Outback Steakhouse.
"Legends Theater and Outback Steakhouse went above and beyond the call of duty in helping us," she said. "I couldn't believe how much work they put in and they did it for free. This will be an annual event, and we will continue to utilize Legends and Outback Steakhouse."
She said she was very pleased with the community's willingness to help.
"I can't say enough to our community and how wonderful they were," she said. "Almost every organization we went to donated and everything that we wanted to happen happened that evening without any complications."