With a sold-out house, plenty of generous auction donations, and generous guests on hand to bid on them, the only problems at the Black and White were those of abundance.
Feeding 240 people, it turns out, requires more than one buffet line! Who'd a thunk it?
But everyone seemed to be having a great time, whether they were sitting at the front of the house, where the food and entertainment was, or the back, where much shushing was happening whenever a good auction item came up for bids.
The venue and decorations were outstanding, the penguins and birds of prey were huge hits, and the live model animals roaming the floor and pausing for photo ops were amazing.
And while some accounting was still taking place at last report, it looks like the three organizations, Chariho Rotary, Chariho Community 2000 and Westerly College Club, will be splitting about $21,000 for their scholarship accounts.
Not too bad for our first attempt at such a large and complex event!
Thank you to Liz Pasquilini and Kim Kelley for their leadership on this one!