The North Cow Creek School Education Foundation’s Western Nites Dinner Dance and Auction at the Millville Grange Hall on April 9, 2011 was an unqualified success, both in terms of the fun had by the participants and in the $12,000 raised for the school.

     The evening began at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction featuring 64 items, three raffles, and a no host bar manned by the Palo Cedro Lions, all set up in the dining room of the Grange Hall.  The raffles—a Rifle Raffle, for a rifle donated by Jeff Hackatt at Nice Shot, a Pot of Gold 50/50 Raffle, and a Paper Bag Raffle, for numerous items each with its own paper bag to hold tickets—proved to be so popular that organizers ran out of tickets and had to go get more.

     When dinner was ready, patrons gathered around long tables in an elegant white tent set up in the east parking lot to dine on a scrumptious tri-tip roast beef meal, cooked and served by the Lions.

     After dinner they bid for their desserts in a lively cake auction, then repaired to the dance hall to be entertained by the Gold Country Dancers, who performed several western line-dancing numbers and then taught one of their routines to as many folks as they could lure out onto the dance floor.

     At about 7:30, the Billie’s Band began to play and the dancing continued until 8:30 when the Live Auction began.  It featured 16 mostly “priceless” items made by students at North Cow Creek School, such as a quilt containing student hand-prints made by Mrs. Clipper’s first grade class (which went for $650) and a mirror surrounded by students’ self-portraits made by Mrs. Lewis’s kindergarten/first grade class.  The live auction also included several big ticket items, including a gift certificate to Clyde’s Entertainment donated by Tom Mancuso and a weekend houseboat vacation donated by the Saleh Family.

     Foundation President Georgetta Fitzgerald said that what she enjoyed most about the event was the community support  “We had so many donations from the community.  The Palo Cedro Lions cooked the food for us and served for no charge (we bought the food).  The Billies played for $300, and a parent that is a professional auctioneer (Wayne Huisman) donated his time.

In photo by Sharyn Cornelius: North Cow Creek Education Foundation President Georgetta Fitzgerald, (center in hat) and Suzanne Akana (front row right) practice their line dancing steps at the Foundation’s Western Nites dinner dance at the Grange on April 9, 2011.