On Tuesday, October 16, the Pawling Chamber of Commerce held its sixteenth annual live and silent auction at the Pawling Fire House on South Street. The auction raises funds for the Pawling Beautification Committee, which uses the money to make aesthetic improvements throughout the community. The live auction portion of the evening was emceed by special guest and lifelong Pawling resident Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson. In total, the evening raised $6,600.
In previous years, the auction was held at Mizzentop Day School. For this year’s event, organizers decided to move to the Pawling Fire House to accommodate the crowd that the auction attracts. “The PFD worked out very well because of size and parking,” said Marie Stewart of the Pawling Beautification Committee. “We would also like to thank the Mizzentop Day School for hosting this event in the past.” Chamber of Commerce President Peter Cris was also pleased with the new location. “The firehouse will be our new venue. There was plenty of room for everyone, and people were very comfortable,” he said.
Guests began the evening by partaking in a silent auction with items donated by residents and local businesses. Bidders vied for jewelry, gift baskets, toys, memorabilia, artwork, and an assortment of wines and liquors. Sheriff Anderson would then take over for the live auction, where bidders tried to outdo one another for several more expensive items. Among the pieces auctioned off to benefit the Beautification Committee were theater tickets, an iPad, a giant stuffed gorilla, and a Star Wars Darth Vader helmet signed by James Earl Jones.
With the $6,600 raised by this year’s auction, the Pawling Beautification Committee plans to improve the area at the corner or Coulter Ave and Route 22. In previous years, the Committee completed the entranceway to Dutcher Avenue, as well as numerous plantings along Charles Colman Boulevard, the entrance to the Village, and outside of both Town and Village Halls.
Overall, this year’s auction in the new firehouse venue was well received by both attendants and organizers. “It went extremely well,” said Cris. “It was another successful year.”
Marie Stewart echoed this sentiment, saying, “I was very happy with the event this year. We had more people in attendance. The Pawling Beautification Committee thanks everyone for all their help and support.”