Fund-raiser deemed a success |

Fund-raiser deemed a success

Kelly Silva

— Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp celebrated its only local annual fund-raiser Saturday night with an international food and wine tasting and a silent and live auction.

Deb Proper, chairwoman for Madness de Vine, said they have not yet totaled all the items sold but thinks they sold more than last year about $27,000.

“I think we exceeded that this year, which is amazing,” Proper said because of the financial and political situation of the country.

The sixth annual Madness de Vine hosted about 220 Perry-Mansfield supporters and sold 84 live and silent auction items including weekend getaways, dinner gift certificates, paintings and the main fund-raiser “Wildflower Ballet.”

Award-winning quilter David Taylor machine-sewed a batik fabric quilt 56-inches wide by 70-inches long titled “Wildflower Ballet,” which captures the essence of the performing arts represented at Perry-Mansfield.

“David’s quilt is so exquisite. He did a magnificent job. It’s so reflective of Perry-Mansfield, he put the personality of the school in the quilt,” said June Lindenmayer, Perry-Mansfield executive director.

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The quilt was the first item up for auction and was sold to Susan and Jim Larson for $5,000.

Jim Larson said he and his wife enjoy supporting local artists and usually walk away from fund-raising events with more than one item.

“We got a nice little painting and a photograph. But I thought I was going to have to bid against myself. We were hoping for more activity,” Jim said of bidding on the quilt. “We think it’s beautiful.”

The Larsons have attended possibly two or three Madness de Vines, as well as other art fund-raisers in Steamboat because of the caliber of artists.

Although bids on the quilt began and ended at $5,000, Proper said Perry-Mansfield is fortunate it was able to get such a generous bid.

“I think that even without the events of Sept. 11, this is a very different financial climate for everyone,” Proper said. “It’s more than we walked in with. This helps out our cause tremendously.”

Money raised at Madness de Vine will benefit a large scholarship fund for Perry-Mansfield local, national and international students.

The event featured wines from Spain, Italy, Australia, Washington, Chile and Argentina and a buffet of international foods ranging from paella to Tasmanian ribs.

Proper said she thought the food was phenomenal, the auction items sold well and the event exceeded any expectations.

“We were real nervous about ticket sales, but it was a great crowd a lot of familiar faces,” Proper said.