The Swinging Door served barbecue to almost 1,100 and the Triumphs kept the crowd on the dance floor while sponsors and bidders combined to raise more than $265,000 at the 33rd Annual Best in the West Dinner, Dance and Auction benefiting The Arc of Fort Bend County Nov. 19 at the George Rand Historical Park Arena.
As always, the pooches in the auctions proved popular with a malti-poo going for a “buy now” price of $1,000 in the Ace in the Hole Auction and a lab puppy being sold three times in the live auction for a final donation to The Arc of $4,100.
Master of Ceremonies Michael Garfield and auctioneer Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson kept the live auction moving. And guests also had 14 corrals of tempting silent auction items to browse through.
The 14 silent auction corrals set a record for participation. Sponsors The Arc of Fort Bend County, By Design, Cushenberry/Parkinson, Fort Bend ISD, Home Depot, Law Enforcement, Lone Star Pet Lodges, Marlin Home Inspections, OakBend Medical Center, Political, Prosperity Bank/Meyer, RE/MAX Fine Properties, St. Michael’s Emergency Center and Styling Divas provided hundreds of shoppers a head start on holiday gift buying.
Event co-chairmen Patterson, Jo Ann Stevens and Ann Smith have announced a “save the date” for The Arc’s 34th annual fall fundraiser – Nov. 17, 2012.
Proceeds from the annual Best in the West benefit The Arc of Fort Bend, helping maintain group homes, funding activity and work centers and providing for training and transportation of our citizens with mental and developmental disabilities.