Guests were greeted New Orleans style and given Mardi Gras beads to wear when they arrived at the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce auction Monday night.
Themed “Love in the Big Easy,” the annual fundraising event sold 250 tickets and drew a record-setting crowd, said Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Aaron O’Rorke.
“It’s the largest crowd we’ve ever had,” he said, adding that 214 attended last year.
The annual event includes a silent auction as well as a live auction with a variety of items up for bid, with the auction including lively bidding amongst the crowd — and the spotters.
Funds raised for the 12th annual auction will help fund chamber programs over the next year.
Some of the live auction items included OKC Thunder tickets and packages, which sold for several hundred dollars. An evening with Congressman James Lankford and his wife to enjoy pie and coffee sold for $800, while a seven-night stay at a Hawaii resort sold for $1,000. A basket full of Tecumseh Savages goodies, including sports tickets, T-shirts and other items, went for $335 during the live auction.
Official totals from the live auction, dessert auction, as well as the silent auction items were still being tallied late Monday night, but unofficial numbers from the live auction totaled more than $14,000.
Last year’s chamber auction raised about $25,000, O’Rorke said, so organizers were hoping to get close to or exceed last year’s totals.
“The numbers will tell,” O’Rorke said.
The event is made possible through the work of countless volunteers and chamber members, as well as donations of items from businesses and individuals.
The event was held at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center.