The beach house at Stone Harbor, N.J., managed to weather Hurricane Sandy with minimal damage.
With a final bid of $825, a week’s stay at the house was the top item in the fourth annual online auction to benefit the Amelia Givin Library.
“We’re thrilled... We raised just over $7,300,” said Cynthia Thompson, director of the library in Mt. Holly Springs. “That was more than our goal.”
The library was hoping to raise between $6,000 and $7,000 from when the auction started at 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 through 9 a.m. Oct. 28.
The 169 items on www.ameliasauction.org drew about 150 bidders from all over the U.S. — a record number for what has become the signature fundraiser for the library, Thompson said.
She added the last 10 to 15 minutes saw a flurry of activity as bidders took a final shot at such listed items as baked goods, handcrafted gifts, photography sessions, Hershey Bears tickets and an airplane ride over Mt. Holly Springs.
The library this year shortened the online auction by four to five days after people said the 2011 auction, at two weeks, was too long. The final day of the 2011 auction was disrupted by a freak October snowstorm that cut electricity to many of those wishing to post bids on the Internet.
This year, the auction ended the day before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, putting at risk the beach house at Stone Harbor.
“We heard from the owner there was minimal damage,” Thompson said.
Bidders can pick up their purchases during normal library hours Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We’re really pleased with the outcome,” Thompson said. “We appreciate everybody who donated or participated in the bidding.”
In 2011, the auction raised a little less than $6,000 for the library to buy new material, maintain its programs and offset general expenses.