Tree Lighting Roundup And Seasons Wishes

After the announcement of the tree lighting event we offered a preview to the auction. This report to show you results and some cool pictures.

But first this,
Note: Don't let Marianne go near the ink well again.
and this,
Image: Anne McMinnar
Just before the party started the auction vendors opened and the first bids went in.

A pre-party started with the KONA stream, people flocked in while GoSpeed made sure the KONA stream could handle it all.
Then, when about 30 people had arrived, GoSpeed took the stage and whipped up some amazing tunes. The conga line was filled quickly.

The auction biddings continued. The first auction wars flamed up.

Mimi Carpenter took the stage and gave us live music with the most adorable accent.
The fairgrounds filled to the max, people were stuck at the bridge. Around the conga were people dancing and drinking hot cocoa.

After Mimi came live music from Wolfie Starfire.
heated bidding
With Pygar arriving the auction wars went out of control, bids went in left and right. People were shouting, shaking their fists, banning each other. The auction vendors were heating up nearly melting the ice-ring around the tree.

Half way of the performance of Wolfie things went silent. Everybody looked at the tree, the countdown started. 

Five !
Four !
Three !
Two !

ONE !!..........

Then at exactly 3:30 the lights in the tree were lit. Fireworks started.
lit with kaboom
Wolfie continued her performance, some started using the ice-ring and started skating.
The auction entered it's final phase. 
The last knock-out bids were placed, some bidders collapsed on the floor and needed emergency treatment.

When the auction ended the vendors shouted out the result:
Taking a ride with my best friend; L$1000
BAY CITY Black Leather Rider; L$2500
Apple Fall Gift Card 1; L$2000
Cica's knitted Christmas tree by Cica Ghost; L$10000
Hill Village Diorama; L$400
Studio Dire Charity Bundle #2; L$600
C.H.C Concept Bay City Edition; L$4000
Studio Dire Charity Bundle #4; L$600
Auction - an invisible sun (Evola Courtois); L$5400
182 Turbo Skylane; L$4000
EG Aircraft - P38 Lightning; L$7225
AD25H LittleBee Voucher; L$2100
[AIKIOTO] Samba Camper; L$6000
EG Aircraft ATX 72; L$1700
Auction - lark side of the doom (Evola Courtois); L$500
Defiant mouse girl by Bryn Oh; L$1500
SA Airbus-H160; L$11100
Stitch Alchemy Mary Dress; L$500
Script Alchemy - Bay City Tree Lighting Auction Gift; L$1200
Java Motors Choice of Aircraft; L$3000
Bay City Land (236,11); L$23000
Apple Fall Gift Card 2; L$2100
Studio Dire Charity Bundle #3; L$400
Yamaha R1 Superbike; L$1100
Les clapotis by Trinity Yazimoto; L$4000
EG Aircraft - Cessna 421; L$3400
Lovely Snow Ball Musical; L$350
night visions (Evola Courtois); L$800
Auction - inward outward (Evola Courtois); L$300
Lusch Nordic; L$4000
Studio Dire Charity Bundle #5; L$500
Auction - love & laughter & dreams & chemicals of you; L$100
Studio Dire Charity Bundle #1; L$1000
L$3000 credit with Laminar Systems; L$5700
FAYDED Household Furnishings; L$1100
Bay City Land (236,23); L$15050
Infinity Freight Vehicle Voucher; L$9800
Auction - fulfillment (Evola Courtois); L$1200

The next day Marianne was singing the following happy song:
The auction brought in an astounding L$139,225! What's more, we have currently raised L$31509 in the donation bins, bringing our one day total to L$170,734! Wowza!

Our previous record today was 2017, where we raised L$185,406 for the entire season. At this rate, we are on track to smash that record!
The donation boxes are still there and are waiting for your donation!
Smash the record of 2017!
The Bay City Post, and I assume the Bay City Alliance goes along with this, would like to thank: (all offered their services for free!)
GoSpeed for supplying two perfect music streams,
Mimi Carpenter for her beautiful Canadian performance, 
Wolfie Starfire for her gorgeous singing,
Vian for helping the musicians,
ALL !! the creators that donated their creations,
Mitch for donating two Bay City Parcels,
The auction bidders that went nuts while bidding,
The people that so generously donated,
All visitors that made this event an event,
Inara, Daniel and Wurfi for helping to bring in a crowd,
Linden Lab to provide their services to make this possible, and send two guards to protect all the valuables,
Anne for making great images,
Thomas for contacting so many creators and not accepting no for an answer,
Marianne for setting her work aside to push this event along,
... and ever ybody I have not mentioned but helped making this event possible.
Reporter Vick Forcella (that now has a knitted xmas tree)

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