More than $258K raised for the animals at 15th annual Auction Gala for Bedford’s ARLNH

MANCHESTER – A night in November began sipping on “Wagatinis” and bidding on an array of silent auction items, such as one-of-a-kind artwork and Disney World Park passes.

A white board with items like a weekend in Maine and tickets to “The Voice” in Los Angeles kept many anxiously hanging around to make sure they were not outbid before time was called. The Wheel of Chance offered an array of prizes and gift certificates. Kittens reminded guests why they were there – to help the animals at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire.

As the silent auction closed, the doors to the grand ballroom opened and guests were escorted to their tables. Auctioneer Paul Zekos took center stage and vibrantly presented the live auction items. Top selling packages were trips to Cabo San Lucas and Park City, Utah, as well as a chance to dance with Ellen with VIP tickets to the Emmy-winning show live in Los Angeles. After the bidding stopped, the dinner began and the drinks and laughter continued throughout the evening.

More than $258,000 was raised for the animals at the ARLNH – a 16 percent increase over 2012.

Paula Mattis, president and CEO of the ARLNH, was grateful to all who made the night such a success.

“We have many people to thank: honored guests, sponsors, donors of live and silent items and, of course, our committee members and volunteers. Without their dedication and support, we could not have pulled off such a significant fundraising event that has been taken to an extraordinary level,” Mattis said. “The compassion and kindness that is shown to those who have no voice is remarkable.”

The ARLNH would also like to thank the 15th annual Auction Gala sponsors Martignetti Companies of NH, Daniel Webster Animal Hospital, Ameriprise, Derry Animal Hospital, E&S Insurance Services, Eastern Bank, and Wright & Associates Family Healthcare.