Norfolk Lions host successful auction
NORFOLK — Going once, going twice ... sold!Items went to the highest bidders Saturday at the Blackberry River Inn, where the Norfolk Lions Club held its first fundraising auction.The auction included antique art, rock music memorabilia, furniture, services and items donated by various businesses. Attendees were able to bid on a guitar signed by the late musical legend Les Paul, an antique grandfather clock and a “Beatles at Shea Stadium” poster signed by Sid Bernstein, who promoted their concert in 1965.Tim Chapulis, president of Tim’s Auctions of Bristol, was the auctioneer for the event.“Auctions are one of the oldest ways of fundraising in America,” Chapulis said. “This is the first time the club has done this. We have a wide range of items that I think will be of interest to everyone.”Charlie Yard, president of the club, said 99 percent of the items offered at the event were sold.However, the club is still tallying up how much was raised by the fundraiser.“It was very prosperous for the club,” Yard said. “I will say it was challenging for all of us because we never held a fundraiser like this before. But in the end, it paid off. We all had a great time.”The local club is a part of the national Lions Club International, which was founded in 1917 and has 1.35 million members in 206 countries and geographic areas.