BASS LAKE – All festive party-goers and good-hearted philanthropists are encouraged to attend the 11th Annual Christmas Tree & Online Auction set for Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Bass Lake Event Center, Lakeview Room, at 3 p.m.
Bidding has already started online at www.BiddingforGood.com/BGCOakhurst and will continue through Nov. 30, to benefit the Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club.We talked to Sierra Tel’s Marketing Coordinator Rima Runtzel to get the scoop on this year’s big event, and discovered the Top 10 Secrets of the Oakhurst Community Christmas Tree & Online Auction –
SECRET #10 Participation Saves Money
The online auction – now through Nov. 30 – heralds the start of holiday shopping and is a thoughtful way to pick up great gifts. For the live event Dec. 2, buy tickets in advance and get $5 off per person.
SECRET #9 You Can Shop In Your Pajamas
Paisley, polka-dot or patched, you can shop in whatever pajamas you like. The online auction is made up of merchandise ranging from gift certificates to tons of pellet fuel. Yes, two tons!
SECRET #8 No One Cries
There’s no crying or whining when it comes to generous donations made by local merchants, but there is wining from Madera Wine Trails Package for Two. Expect opportunities for dining and overnighting, too.
SECRET #7 Sometimes Magical Stuff Happens
Wonderful things have been known to occur at the live auction – like when a local benefactor bid successfully on a tree, then immediately donated it back, to take in a total of $3200 for charity.
SECRET #6 Spontaneous Relaxing May Occur
With certificates donated by Serenity Springs Spa at Chukchansi Resort, and an annual pass to Yosemite Lakes Golf Course, plus free champagne and a no-host bar, opportunities for comfy indulgence abound.
SECRET #5 You Might See Anything
Besides a bevy of fine offerings from local sponsors (including some lovely Lia Sophia jewelry) the online auction also features consignment items, like Littlearth Ecofashion Handbags. New treasures added daily!
SECRET #4 Compulsive Disney Collectors Need Be Aware
Dorsey’s Hallmark Club is decorating a full tree to benefit the Children’s Museum of the Sierra, using Hallmark Keepsake Club ornaments. Rabid Keepsake collectors know this means an incredible tree.
SECRET #3 People Go Crazy
Giving can get competitive among neighbors, and this event is no exception. Guests may hover over closing tables, anxious to ensure they haven’t been outbid (especially by friends).
SECRET #2 Things Get A Little Hot
Guests are given the suggestion to wear “holiday cocktail attire,” so it’s the perfect time to bring out something a little more zesty than what you work, garden, ride or parent in. Add some glitter, live it up.
SECRET #1 The Oakhurst Community Tree & Online Auction is Cool
An evening of raising money for your favorite charities combined with heavy appetizers (hello coconut shrimp) plus the aforementioned free champagne makes this a really fun, special night at the lake.