Benefit auction a success for Windemere


A willing crowd gathered at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury on Friday, June 11, to honor and support the Recreation Department at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The department works to keep residents engaged in the community through outings to entertainment, restaurants, and many other activities.

To raise funds for the program, both live and silent auctions were offered on Friday, and the crowd responded generously.

The star at the center of the constellation of supporters was Trip Barnes, the always-popular auctioneer, who warmed up the crowd with his wit before getting them to open up their wallets.

More than 100 local businesses and individuals contributed to the silent auction, while 17 special items were in play during the live auction. Among them were catered meals, a handmade New York side chair, and fishing, sailing, golf, and kayaking outings. Perhaps the most enticing item was a week’s stay for four in a home in Villes-sur-Auzon in the south of France, which went for $1,600.

Total proceeds for the evening topped $19,000, to the delight of organizers Betsy Burmeister and Mary Holmes.