Back into our glad rags once again, this time for the 10th Annual FISH 'Fling'.
This event was held at the Hyatt hotel adjacent to Dulles Airport (and David's office). It was a formal dinner and dance but started at 6pm with a silent auction of donated goods and promises.
The range of items on offer had a certain familiarity about them, with a US spin - tickets for the 'Nats' (baseball); 'Redskins' (football) and 'Capitals' (ice hockey). Signed sports memorabilia; gift baskets and meal vouchers; jewellery and art - including the water colour, below of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse that we visited on the Outer Banks.
The silent auction was in two parts - one finishing at 8pm and one at 9pm.
The only problem with this type of auction is that it is hard to keep track of what you may have won. Hence we brought home an eclectic mix of items which included the following..
A pair of 'Congressional' cuff links bearing the seal of the House of Representatives!
Meal voucher and items donated by our local pizza restaurant.
Art glass pendant.
In the raffle draw we were frankly relieved not to win the first prize of two weeks holiday in Spain - that would have been complicated!
In another draw based around a pack of cards we were down to the last six..
There was a live auction after dinner conducted by Reston's delegate to the State Assembly of Virginia who is a long-time supporter of the charity and who, from his approach, may well be a cattle or car auctioneer in his spare time! The final few lots of his auction were non-existent - the audience was simply invited to make pledges. That also seemed to work surprisingly well.
This event normally raises around $50,000 for FISH, the local charity that the Bargain Loft supports, so we shall wait to hear..