Written by Phil Cerroni
By Amanda Casanova
Attendees at the 22nd Annual Great Harvest raised their hands to bid as the auctioneer rattled off facts about a Port Aransas condo being auctioned for a weeklong trip. The condo was one of several live auction items being sold on Sep. 28 at the Great Harvest, a fundraiser for Irving Cares.
“We are in the business of serving others,” Teddie Story, Irving Cares chief executive officer, said of the organization that provides thousands with services such as employment help, transportation and rent assistance.
“We have one big fundraiser a year and we’re just thankful for the community support and the donations of time and money,” Story said. “We could not be more proud.”
Story hoped the event would raise about $200,000.
“You are here because you want to help,” she told guests at the Four Seasons Resort and Club before the auction.
Live auction items included a guided hog or duck hunt near Mineola, a 4-night stay in Canada, a hot crawfish boil for 50, a chef dinner for 10 and a Texas Rangers Ballpark baseball suite. The items ranged in value from $2,000 to $5,000.
Guests of the event were served dinner and just before the live auction they were able to browse silent auction tables, where signed Rangers merchandise, jewelry and date nights were being sold.
“Remember how far your money will go and how it will help people,” Larry Clements, community volunteer, told attendees.
Last year, the event raised more than $200,000 for Irving residents in need.