The Hope Lions Christmas auction got off to a quick start Thursday night with an estimated crowd of 180 on hand opening night and continued on track Friday and Saturday nights, resulting in what was called “A record year,” by Lions Club spokesperson Mark Ross.

The Hope Lions Christmas auction got off to a quick start Thursday night with an estimated crowd of 180 on hand opening night and continued on track Friday and Saturday nights, resulting in what was called “A record year,” by Lions Club spokesperson Mark Ross.
Final numbers and sales were not available as the Hope Star was preparing for press Tuesday afternoon, but visual observations from the three-night event indicated active and engage crowds, and record participation.
Opening night Thursday saw a big crowd of 180, with bigger, near capacity crowds estimated at 300 the next two nights. The annual Christmas Auction is the top local fundraiser for the Hope Lions very year.
While starting off with hundreds of visible items piled on the coliseum stage Thursday afternoon, by Friday and Saturday nights, the items were slowly but surely being bid on and bought up.
Ross said this year’s auction items included a record 11 vacation packages and a 2008 Toyota, which was on display all three nights as the auction was happening.
Also, during the three-night run of the event, the Lions had dinner tables were set up, and homemade meals like the popular Chicken-and-Dumplings sold out two of the nights. Evening diners at the auction also enjoyed the usual hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, and chili dogs, along with a variety of homemade dessert choices.