After months of preparation by a small army of volunteers, more than 320 guests came together for a memorable night on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at The Indian Trail Club. The weather was beautiful and the clubhouse looked fabulous with nearly 100 Silent Auction items on display.
As guests arrived, they picked up their programs and bid paddles, pre-swiped their credit cards and then had the opportunity to purchase a Screaming Eagle, our event’s signature drink. For the first part of the evening, our guests enjoyed a selection of cold antipasto appetizers while greeting one another and scoping out the silent auction items they hoped to bring home. While the Silent Auction bidding continued, the hot buffet was served.
At 8:30 the Live Auction began. Executive Director and Head of School, Tom Dykhouse welcomed everyone, thanked our sponsors, and opened with prayer. Tom Mediema, our guest auctioneer with the velocious tongue, kept the auction moving and the bidders smiling. Thirty bid packages ranging from cooking lessons to vacations kept the bidding competitive. The dining room was clearly filled with individuals who were there to support Eastern Christian School. During a brief intermission, we viewed EC’s Do Life Big video and David Visbeen, Executive Director of The Foundation for Eastern Christian shared his excitement at seeing all the amazing ways that EC is growing while continuing to hold fast to the mission of Engaging, Nurturing and Transforming. The Live Auction proceeded, ending with the traditional Mystery Gift.
It was a great night for Eastern Christian School. Our record turnout of committed ministry partners and an exceptional lists of auction items combined to exceed previous auction. We are estimating our proceeds for the evening at over $70,000.00. Thank you to everyone who came and made this night a success. A special thank you to all of our event sponsors.
Visbeen Construction Co.
Kuiken Brothers Company
Wayne Tile Company
William H. Connolly & Co.
Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Screaming Eagle Sponsor
Jeff Vander Molen of Terrie O’Connor Realtors
Spring Blossom Sponsors
Abbey Carpet & Floor of Hawthorne
Harvest Lawn Care
Search Consultants of Northern Jersey
V & S Floor Covering