Unique auction items await hospital gala guests


For the first time in three years, attendees at this month’s Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Gala will have the opportunity to take part in a silent auction during the pre-dinner reception. But this year’s auction will be far from usual—and far from silent. During this year’s auction, guests can expect to find one-of-a-kind entertainment packages and handcrafted items on the bid sheets in place of standard boutique and basket donations, all while mingling with Jeanne Robertson, one of the biggest names in family comedy.

Spearheading the silent auction portion of the evening is a committee of men and women representing businesses, civic organizations and community groups from across Hunt County, mirroring the silent auction items themselves. The group has worked for several weeks to secure uncommon items that will interest bidders.

“This year we have several donations from Commerce, and greater county-wide participation in general,” said silent auction committee chair Julia Wensel.

Among the items up for grabs at the auction are a wine membership, a photo shoot complete with image releases, dinner and drink packages, a date night sponsored by Webb Hill Country Club, Splash Kingdom waterpark tickets, grocery store packages, restaurant gift certificates, sports memorabilia including a framed photo from the 1997 Masters Tournament valued at over $300 and Shirley Ranly’s famous homemade pies.

One unique item of particular interest is a set of handmade dominos, donated by Rep. Dan Flynn. The dominos, which were crafted by Texas prisoners, took over nine months to make.

World traveler and author of the book, “Mary of the Angels,” Dr. Mary Jane Vance is the hostess behind another exclusive experience. Wine connoisseurs will be excited at the chance to win a wine dinner for 10 featuring a piano sing-a-long and an after-dinner tasting of liqueurs from around the world.

The silent auction committee hopes to have over 50 auction items the night of the gala. With a wide price range and pool of interests, there is certain to be something for everyone.

Benefiting the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation, the gala promises to be bigger and better than ever, with plans underway to serve a record number of guests at the ninth annual event, scheduled for March 29.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served during the reception and silent auction, which takes place from 5:45-6:50 p.m. in the pre-function area of the Sam Rayburn Student Center. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. For ticket and sponsorship information, call 903-408-1064 or visit www.laughteristhebestmedicinegala.com.

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