Friday night’s silent auction proved to be a festive evening that included food and musical entertainment. The event was widely attended to support AAJA’s student and professional programs such as Voices and JCamp. Two free drawings of an HTC tablet were held, but sadly I did not win. It was freelance writer Analisa Nazareno that walked off with the first HTC Tablet.
In sparkly pink dresses, the energy from the group of ladies singing that evening was infectious. I’m sorry I didn’t catch their name. Patrick Lee of the New York City chapter took full advantage of his dancing fever and infected nearby attendees, including me. See Patrick Lee Dancing. (It may take a few seconds to upload).
A noticeable item up for auction that evening was a photograph of President Obama at the Great Wall. Rome Neal, Senior Video Producer of the New York Post won the bid.
A bamboo handbag with a starting bid of only five dollars, an autographed boxing glove from Bernard Hopkins, Jr., aka “The Executioner”, and a large assortment of Hello Kitty items were among the items in the auction. A beautiful framed paper cutting of a red dragon was an $80 value with a starting bid of $30.
Considering the proceeds are to AAJA, I placed a few bids. I had hoped to win the three elephant purses from India, the Chinese charm bracelet and the black pearl necklace. With just minutes before the close of the auction, I was sure to win at least one of the three items because I was still the top bidder, so I thought. Winners were to be notified by a phone call, but I sadly did not receive one. The charm bracelet and black pearl necklace would have looked so beautiful on me. Can someone review those bids again?!
I noticed an unusual intangible item up for bid. “Jimmy Wong Will Sing You a Song”, it read on the table. Not only would the top bidder be serenaded by this former UCLA student whose claim to fame was through his video response to Alexandra Wallace’s (“Ching Chong [It means I Love You]“), you would also have access to his extensive catalogue of songs. Let us know if you were the winner!
Another big attendance draw during the evening were meeting the “calendar men”. Yes folks, the male broadcasters in AAJA’s first Broadcasters 2o12 Men’s Calendar were very up close and personal. The calendars were selling like hot cakes to loggers working in sub zero temps and were for sale for the first time that evening.
Photos and hugs with these handsome broadcasters were given away with no purchase necessary, but the $15 calendars was a must-buy for an autograph. Of course, I had to buy one. Who doesn’t want their autographs and a hug?
Congratulations to all the winners and for supporting the mission and the programs of AAJA.
View additional photos of the silent auction here.