LONG BRANCH: The many prizes at the silent auction in the Rosary Altar Society's Holiday Auction fundraiser meant a happy evening for all who came and a still happy season for the community the event will help.
Three pages of donated prizes were on display around the large gym floor, the church's school gym in earlier times. It was a full house of parishioners, friends and neighbors.
Gifts were distributed about the room in ways to interest kids as well as grownups ,those gift shoppers now that Christmas is just days away. Everything from food and wine baskets to a large TV set was up for winning as one's luck would prevail.
There was also great food, the benefit of the volunteer chefs who prepared tasty and attractive meals, along with palate pleasing deserts.
Gift certificates to arts and crafts, retail stores products, travel tickets, and more were among the winnings. Kids placed their tickets on bikes, games and toys while grown-ups went for coffee urns, beautiful quilts and other precious delights.