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Doernbecher fundraiser at Bridgeport exceeds $10k goal

Trio Salon & Spa hosts hundreds for silent auction

COURTESY PHOTO: PAULA HOFFSTALDT - Young musicians perform outside Trio Salon & Spa during its fundraiser for Doernbecher Children's Hospital on Saturday.A silent auction Saturday to bring in money for Doernbecher Children's Hospital at a Bridgeport salon exceeded its fundraising goal, according to the event coordinator.

Trio Salon & Spa auctioned off items donated by partner businesses and other donors, raising $10,200 for Doernbecher's general fund, said Trio master stylist Nancy Anderson. That topped the $10,000 goal Trio set in advance of the event.

“It went very well,” Anderson said.

Attendance at the silent auction was also better than expected. While organizers said they hoped for a couple hundred people or so to show up, Anderson said about 300 people turned out for the fundraiser.

Live music was provided by Limits of Jupiter, Toledo Kesch and Nancy Downie.

Anderson also shared a couple of heartwarming anecdotes from the event. In one instance, a boy was outbid on an item he had been safeguarding, but the man who outbid him decided to give him the item after hearing how upset the boy was. In another, during a coin-flip game that was played at the end of the evening in which half of a pot of money went to the game's winner and the other half was donated to Doernbecher, one woman chose to forfeit her winnings and contribute them to the children's hospital.

“It took us over ($10,000),” Anderson said of the game.

The title of the auction was “Hands for Beauty Help Hands for Healing.” It followed a donation of gift certificates for Trio services to Doernbecher families last month.


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