By Jeannie Lieberman
June 5th. Forget the finery; ski jackets covered well
planned outfits as guests shivered under the tent. Welcome heaters eventually
warmed them as well as the drinks and excitement of bidding.
Despite somewhat less than the 90 people expected co-chair Bobbi
Baker was very happy about the $22,780 netted before expenses.
The Auction as an event was created in 1983 by Maureen Kaley,
Regina English, Artie Shiller (the best auctioneer ever), Joyce Cole and dock
mistress Shirley Patterson. And the tradition continued until 9 years ago.
This night’s event was organized by Co-Chairs Amy Wood and Bobbi Baker, and helped
by Danielle Bellemare, Linda and Janet Chiros, Joe Carleton, Patty
Lyon, Joanne Radovan, Judi Phelan, George Popovitch, Sharon Sitone, Karen
Spollen and Sammy Wood
John Altieri, in his debut as auctioneer,
generously honored the event, “I feel privileged to do this job” and paid
tribute to the late Artie Schiller, and to Jackie Baker who bought the first
item ever in l983
The big money maker of the evening was a cruise around Manhattan
for 8 offered by Paul and his Brother Matt at $3000. When it appeared that
interest was so great they doubled the event netting $6000 - won by Carmine
Padavano and Tom Deceillis of the Bulkhead
who, along with Rudy and Paul himself, and ….
…. Jane Mooney were the big spenders of the evening.
The Villachi’s peruse the possible prizes
Co-Chair Amy Wood enjoying the event along with her family and
their friends who helped along (some say drove up the bidding):Gracie Wood, Kiley
Phelan, Chris Padovano, Anthony Padovano, Grace’s roommate Dana.
Father and daughter
Father and son
Co Chair Amy Wood and Judi Phelan
Co Chair Bobbi Baker talks it up
Kismet’s prominent citizens
Charcoal grill donated by John Altieri (who sweetened the deal by
promising to provide and cook sausages)
Rudi delighted to win it
Among the many tables:
Paul trying the bench on for size, Rusty, Judi and Jay look on
Dana and her BFF
The excellent staff found time to enjoy it as well.