2019 SPRING ALL HEISEY BENEFIT AUCTION WRAP-UP
Roy Eggert, Auction Committee Chair
The 46th Annual Spring All Heisey Benefit Auction was a wonderful HCA Event! Our two-day auction was held again at the GMP Local #244 Union Hall on 350 Hudson Ave in Newark on Friday-Saturday, April 5 – 6, 2019. Our auction was well attended with over 114 guests and members each day and we had 13 absentee bidders. We had 1,252 lots of glass from 37 consignors. We had the preview on Friday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM with the auction starting at 10:30 AM for the first 600 lots. On Saturday, doors opened at 8:30 AM, we had our HCA Membership Meeting chaired by President Michael Maher at 9:00 AM, and we started our auction at 9:30 AM for lots 601 – 1,252.
How did we do financially? We grossed $71,194.39 (glass sales and buyer’s premium) and after consignors and expenses are paid, we will net around $17,500. We had a 2019 budgeted amount of $16,000. Our average price per lot this year was $56.68, about the same as last year’s average of $57.44. We had 18 lots of donated glass which brought $1,525, while last year we had 32 lots generating $2,690 – resulting in $1,165 less than last year.
On behalf of the HCA Board of Directors and Staff, I would like to thank all the volunteers who worked, starting in January, unpacking, identifying, cataloging, and repacking the glass and then working for three straight days until the auction was concluded. You make this event a success and HCA’s largest fundraiser.
Special thanks to Walter Ludwig who graciously lent his time and Heisey expertise whenever asked; Dan Kilgore and his crew who ran the holdback area – a most difficult job; Jack Burriss who helps coordinate the event: and to Karen Taylo and Christa Myers, who performed clerking duties; and lastly to the Dayton and Buckeye Study Club members who worked tirelessly from January to April to make the auction a success.
A big thank you goes to Craig Connelly, Auctioneer and his cohorts. They not only sell the glass; they keep us in stitches while doing so! Thanks to Kevin Burchett for continuing his role as our Auction Firm Manager. GMP Local #244’s own Jimmy Gill worked to assure the hall was in tip-top shape all three days.
Also, thank you to all the consignors who consigned and donated glass to HCA and to all the auction attendees and absentee bidders who purchased that wonderful Heisey Glass.
Hope to see all of you at the Convention in June.