Hudson Gardens hosted the Families First Country Fair last Sunday, attracting families to enjoy a catered barbecue buffet, bag toss and corn hole tournament, silent auction, music, piggybank weigh-in, bake sale, pie eating contest and Kids Corral.
What more could anyone wish for on a day that topped out at 94 degrees?
This time-honored annual benefit was chaired by Friends for Families First President Melissa Jacob and Denise Shore.
The Crazy Merchant continues its ongoing sponsorship for this party. That translates to a secure support for efforts to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect. The Family Center is home to up to 10 children at a time, offering nurturing treatment for families in a homelike setting.
About those piggybanks: ceramic piggybanks are decorated and offered free of charge as part of the Community $Change$ program. At the annual Country Fair adopted piggybanks are weighed and contents emptied. For many people these ceramic pets become part of their own family and kept for decades while other guests exchange the piggybanks they brought for other adoptable pigs. Unlike other piggybanks that kids have, they cannot empty the contents and spend the coins on whatever they choose, so children learn to pay it forward at an early age.
Pigs on Pedestals are larger piggybanks, decorated professionally or by “civilians” for silent auctions and what an eclectic adorned army they are, some so well dressed they seem to become other animals, country cousins and party animals included!
Among sponsors were Julia and Peter Ruston Porterfield, Newberry Brothers, RE/MAX Professionals, Jack and Lois Bradbury, The South Restaurant, The Pippin Family and others.
Po Higgins and Diana Larson
Joan Rivers style, “Can we talk?” This time it’s about those silent auctions at charity events. Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons was at one family-centered one recently and as an announcement was made that the silent auction closed she saw a bidder strike out the name of the last bidder and enter his/her own.
“I think people have to remember the auction is for charity, the item can usually be purchased by yourself at a store, and mostly, what example are we showings our grandkids…winning at all costs!” Adrienne said.
Point well taken, as this was a family-centered affair. It’s happened many other times and we’ve all noticed it one time or other. So what’s the problem? What leads an otherwise civilized nonprofit supporter to get what a relative once called the Filene’s Basement behavior, where women lined up outside the popular department store, getting in place to grab drastically reduced merchandise such as bridal gowns? But these silent auction items aren’t such one-of-a-kind bargains.
What amazes us is some people seem to forget that other supporters are watching, cellphone media at fingertips, perhaps forwarding the scene via social media to everyone in the world.
Unless willing to relocate immediately to a “banana belt” rain forest, it’s best to adhere to what’s generally considered good etiquette.
Melissa Jacob, and Griffin, Nick and Ingrid Burke
Heather and Emma Eagen, volunteers. Photo by Ron White
Adam Robe and Toni Tucker. Photos by Glory Weisberg
Denise and Daniel Shore and Jeremy Jacob.
“Swine Miller”, sponsored by Linx, created by Meredith Hotz Olson & Susie HotzPhoto by Ron White
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