LONG BRANCH: On Saturday evening, Dec. 2, the annual Holiday Auction was hosted at Christ the King Parrish, the Holy Trinity church auditorium, with lots of visitors looking over the 140 gift baskets that could be won via the evening's silent auction.
The baskets were donated by merchants as well as parishioners and friends; a collection of treats from candies to wines and fancy glassware, you name it.
One item that caught the attention of youngsters, brought there with parents and older siblings, was a snowman like the one on the hill where kids ride their sleighs. It looked quite elegant, almost real, but fancied up with ribbons and a holiday hat. Pastor Father Javier Diaz, too, enjoyed the snowman as he visited to offer a prayer for everyone.
The auction committee had worked hard to put it all together, and it was worth it, said Mary Manna, who had lots of help from Rosary Altar Society members.
Doors officially opened at 7 p.m. but early arrivers had a chance to say hello and enjoy friends from other years. Among the helpers was city Councilwoman Dr. Mary Jane Celli, looking well and enjoying the Christmas atmosphere.
About 200 made the drawings and the 50-50, some coming early, and some leaving early, their tickets watched by friends. It was a happy time, fun for all ages.