The Auction total was $38,110.00, $8,480 more than last year. Half $18,730.00 minus five carving auctioned by the club went to the carvers. The average price per carving was about $323, $80 more than last year.
The Confluence Lions Club will donate the net proceeds from the Festival, to the Somerset County Blind Association. The Confluence Lions Club has donated over $115,800 to the Somerset County Blind Association from the past 12 Festivals.
Ben Rannels won First Place with top Auction Piece of $1,800. Ben won $700 and our First Place Auction Trophy.
Todd Gladfelter was second with $1,600. Todd won $300 and our Second Place Auction Trophy.
Andrew Mallon was third with $1,600. Andrew won $200 and our Third Place Auction Trophy.
Todd Gladfelter won for the “Peoples Choice” voting. Todd won $200.00 and our People’s Choice Trophy.
Rick Cox won First Place for his Rocking Buffalo Sponsor Carving judged by the clients from the Somerset County Blind Center. Rick won a Husqvarna Chainsaw and our First Place Sponsor Carving Trophy.
Walt Smith’s Eagle Carving was second and received our Second Place Sponsor Carving Trophy.
Vivian Sierzega-Rouse’s Butler Bunny Carving was third and received our Third Place Sponsor Carving Trophy.
Every carver that attended the Banquet on Thursday night received a door prize. There were two Husqvarna Chainsaw available, shirts, hats and oil along with other items.
Luke Sassani was chosen to do the Addison Park Carving for 2016. Luke has a carving with two deer. Luke will finish it and it will be on permanent display in the Park along with the twelve previous carvings, one for each year.
The 40 carver split a total of $28,075 from the Auction, prize money, sponsorships, Husqvarna chain saws, gifts and food. This does not include individual sales.