The Coupeville Lions Club’s annual scholarship was a big success Saturday, netting the club more than $30,000.
For nine years, the Coupeville Lions have put together the annual auction and dinner to raise money to fund scholarships for qualified Coupeville High School applicants.
Scholarships range between $500 and $1,000.
More than 150 people bid on 72 quality auction items, gift certificates, experiences and opportunities donated by individuals and businesses on Central Whidbey and beyond.
The Oak Harbor Elks Lodge provided the venue and Coupeville High School National Honor Society students served a dinner prepared and plated by Elks Lodge staff and volunteers. And, under the direction of Gloria Mickunas, Whidbey Party Girls, students served and bussed the 17 large tables.
Beth Kuchynka, owner of bayleaf in Coupeville, worked with Lion Mark Hoffman to select four Washington state and French wines and a range of cheeses and crackers for the evening.
During the silent auction portion of the evening, bidders crowded tables to bid and out-bid their opponents. Jerry Jones and the Whidbey Jazz Society Quintet, entertained through dinner. Coupeville senior Andy Walker, who briefly rehearsed with the quintet, entertained guests with his rendition of memorable tunes from the 1940’s.
Auctioneer Dale Sherman and sidekick, Coupeville Town Councilman and Lion Bob Clay plowed through a short list of auction offers.
There were 18 desserts also auctioned, with the highest bidding tables choosing first.
Expenses were funded in advance, with sponsorships from a host of financial supporters. This ensures that every penny raised during the Coupeville Lions Scholarship Auction will go to 2014 seniors.