There were candles, grapevines and munchies on all of the tables along with this year’s program with descriptions of all of the items available for the auction.
Master of Ceremonies Dave Vetter did a delightful job introducing all of the items on the live auction. He did his homework well with detailed descriptions of the artists and their art work. His introductions were followed by Dewey Adair as the auctioneer. The two worked very well together and helped the bids increase with their lively banter. Many of the donating artists for both the silent and live auction were in attendance, including Live Auction artists Ken Hurley, Mariko Miata, John Hampton, Elaine Bahr, and Wally Mann. A surprise donation of hand made jewelry from Mrs. Cindy Probasco’s Raymond High School Art classes started off the live auction. Because the mission of the foundation is to support and promote diverse cultural and artistic enrichments to the community artists, residents and visitors, the board will be donating all of the proceeds from the donated high school items back to the Raymond High School art program. A total of $270. A major highlight of the evening was the food, all Italian based and prepared by the wonderful chef Tamra McConahy. She did an outstanding job of preparing all of the food and was helped during the evening by students of the South Bend High School Key Club. The great thing about having Tamra do all of the food, is she is a board member and has already volunteered to work on next year’s menu. The foundation’s board wishes to thank all of the artists, volunteers and of course the public who made this such a wonderful evening. With the proceeds of this auction we will be able to support more artists and art activities in the year to come. Mark your calendars now the the 20th edition of Hearts for the Arts, February 14, 2015.