From the red carpet to Hollywood stars and glittering dresses, glamour was abundant Saturday in the Pratt County 4-H Community Building for Gamma Beta Esa Sorority's Quartermania event.
Paddles were raised high for jewelry items as anxious bidders at the Gamma Beta ESA Sorority “Quartermania” on Saturday vied for their heart’s desires at the Pratt County Fairgrounds.
The annual event is a fundraiser for the sorority and the theme this year was “Hollywood Glam,” according Gamma Beta FSA President Kris Adelhardt.
Cold weather could not keep more than 73 area ladies, ages 10 to 80, from taking their chance at winning one of the 39 jewelry items at the event. Participants could purchase a bidding paddle along with lunch, drinks and a dessert bar for $25. Additional paddles were available for $5 each.
Bidders placed one, two or three quarters in a jar to bid on a piece of jewelry. If a participant wanted to bid, they would put the appropriate number of quarters into a bowl and hold up their paddle. If they had more than one paddle, they had to put in quarters for each paddle.
Then Adelhardt drew paddle numbers until someone was the lucky winner.
Adelhardt said this was the fifth year of the event and there was a different theme every year. There are 17 members in the Pratt Gamma Beta ESA group. Total funds from the event are still being tabulated.
Susan Teske, Gamma Beta member, said the group raises money to give away to philanthropic organizations. Past recipients include a family dealing with cancer, an infrared camera and support for the handicapped playground for Sixth Street Park.
Adelhardt said the event came about to help out kids in USD 382 and USD 438. Funds have alse been used to help children wherever needed including coats, eyeglasses and even lunch money. Gamma Beta gave the schools the money and the schools determined where the money would go, all confidentially, Adelhardt said.
For the Quartermania auction, Gamma Beta purchases the jewelry or sometimes it is donated. Teske said her niece goes to a jewelry market and is able to pick up items for the event at market prices. Simply Southwest and Kendra Scott also donate items to the event.
Besides live bidding on jewelry, there is also a silent auction, a couple of free items that require no quarters to bid, plus some awards for nosiest table, best dressed table and a card game that wins a special jewelry prize.
Part of the fun of the event is getting dressed up. The Gamma Beta members and several of the participants took the opportunity to get dressed up and show off their flashiest outfits. Some wore traditional evening gowns while others went for Hollywood knock-offs. There were lots of feather boas at the event this year and even a “meat” dress fashioned after a Lady Gaga outfit.
Besides bidding for jewelry, the event included a meal plus an extensive homemade dessert table.
Helping serve and collecting quarters at the event were members of the Pratt High School National Honor Society.
The Encore group from Pratt Community College provided live music during the meal. Several audience members danced as they sang.
Jill Eller from Greensburg catered the event.
Funds from the cookie sale held during the annual Gamma Beta arts and crafts fair before Christmas also go into this philanthropic endeavor.