Giant fund-raiser will honor Brooke McKirdyCANNON BEACH - Attend this year's Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce auction and you might be headed to Eastern Oregon for a relaxing vacation.

The annual silent and live auction is set for Saturday at the Chamber's community hall, 207 N. Spruce St. Viewing of silent auction items is from noon to 5 p.m. and doors reopen at 6 p.m. The live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple, which provides authorization to bid. Alcohol will be served and children should not attend.

The winner of this year's big auction raffle will enjoy two night's lodging at the KahNeeTa High Desert Resort and Casino, near Warm Springs. The package includes lunch for two and two rounds of golf. Tickets are $1 each or $10 for 15 and one need not be present to win.

The annual auction is the chamber's biggest fundraiser. Money is used for the day-to-day operations of the chamber and its visitor information center.

"It's a fun event because there's a good percentage of local people," said Events Coordinator Charleen Strauch. "It's great to come socialize, but it's also a way to show support for the city."

Organizers hope to raise $16,000 this year, which would beat last year's amount of $15,500. Many of the auction items have been donated by community businesses and individuals.

"It can be a way for the businesses to get some advertising," Strauch said. "Hopefully, it's a win-win situation for all of us."

Auction highlights include an Oregon Coast painting by Jeffrey Hull, a bronze iris by Shari R. Carman, two leather jackets (one full-length for a woman and one regular length for a man), handmade quilts, an amethyst ring by Sharon Amber, vacation packages, wine, gift certificates and a surfboard. Items under $150 will be included in the silent auction.

"We're trying to have things for people who may not be able to afford the live auction items," Strauch said.

Also during the event, former events coordinator Brooke McKirdy will be honored for her three years of service with the chamber. Strauch, who has experience raising money for local organizations including Victory Over Child Abuse (VOCA) and Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), recently took over the position. Strauch has lived in Cannon Beach for seven years.