The gavel hadn't even cooled off from last year's auction before coordinators of the annual event started begging for prizes for the 1999 Rim Country Hospice Foundation's annual community dinner, auction and dance.
This year, their bounty includes trips to Cancun, Fisherman's Wharf, the Magic Castle, Ping golf clubs, jewelry, antique furniture and much more. There's only a handful of tickets left for the Sept. 25 bash, and tickets are $75 each.
"This should be a very special, upscale event," said co-organizer Kathleen Hughes, "one of the best we've had."
"We've really got some great items this year," said co-organizer Judy Baker. "We've got a two-karat tennis bracelet, a gold-and-diamond bracelet, just a lot of good stuff."
Proceeds from the gala go toward the Foundation's ultimate goal of building a hospice house --a place where patients and family can find comfort while coping with the devastation of a terminal illness.
With donations this year from the estate of Shirley Barnes, and from Danny and Debbie Haught, the building fund has topped the $100,000 mark --roughly 10 percent of the goal. If the foundation could find a couple of acres within town limits --either donated or at a reasonable price --Hughes feels it could break ground yet this year.
Hospice officials drafted a preliminary drawing of the house, which features six private rooms with televisions, patios and hide-a-beds for family members, a conference room, a family room, kitchen and dining room.
"We're trying to create a home-like atmosphere that's going to be good for everyone," Hughes said. "Our concern isn't just with the patient, it's also with the family.
Tickets also are still available for the Honda TRX 300EX all-terrain vehicle. Tickets are $20 each, or six for $100, and the winning ticket will be drawn at the end of the auction.
The dinner/auction will be at the DD Haught Arena in Star Valley. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m., with dinner following around 6 p.m. The live auction starts around 7 p.m., and dancing follows.
For tickets, information about Rim Country Hospice, or to make a donation, call Hughes at 472-8220.
Hospice auction items
- Ping Golf Clubs --custom fitted with round of golf for two at Chaparral Pines.
•Cancun --one week stay.
- Antique Cambridge Crystal --eight wine glasses and eight champagne flutes.
•Horseshoe ring --Wesley Jewelers diamond and 14-karat ring in memory of Jake Randall.
•Where's the beef? --One-half steer from Bob Secora.
•Millennium Weekend --Two center-stage tickets for the Judd's Reunion Tour New Year's Eve in Phoenix. Includes a two-night stay at the San Carlos Hotel in downtown Phoenix.
•Week stay in Anaheim --Lodging at a five-star hotel, with tickets for two to the exclusive Magic Castle in the Hollywood Hills. Also includes a private tour of Fox Studios, with a behind-the-scenes look at "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer."
•Antique sideboard --From the 1800s.
•Sports Package --Tickets for two to a Coyotes, Suns, Cardinals and Diamondbacks game. Along with tickets for two to one of their games, the package includes an over-night stay at a Phoenix hotel and dinner for two.
•Trip to Cabo San Lucas.
- Redwood Deck --10-feet-by-15-feet.