The Annual Market City Charity Cherry Auction was held on Friday 9th December and was very well attended with a record amount raised for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
There was a good atmosphere created generating a competitive bidding vibe.
Donations on the day on behalf of Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation totaled $107,959.70 with Sam Napoli taking out the last box of cherries with a record bid of $55,000 crowning him the 2016 Cherry King. Since the Cherry Auction began in 1992 the Market Community has raised just over $1,017,000.
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Ambassadors, Alexey and Clare also presented Frank Galati from the Galati Group with a plaque and photo collage in recognition of their past contributions of over $150,000.
An amazing combined total of $ 50,200 was raised for the first boxes by the following bidders;
John Ale, Tony Ale $2,000
Shane Patching, SJ Fresh $2,500
Ahmad Birkawi, Mirrabooka Fresh $4,000
Sam Napoli, Balcatta Fresh $4,200
John Ale, Tony Ale $20,000
Rodney Dullard, Key Produce $4,000
Basil Gotsis, Fresh Provisions $4,000
Jordan Brindle, Canning Bridge IGA $3,200
Nav Bhandari, Ranford Fresh $2,300
Shawn Offer, Fresh Provisions $2,000
Jannet Patching, SJ Fresh $2,000
Sam Napoli, Napoli Mercato $55,000
In addition, John Ale paid $1500 for a framed and signed West Coast Eagles AFL jumper and Tina Smith from Smiths who paid $250 for a Strawberry painting.
We also acknowledge Toyota Materials Handling for running the sausage sizzle and raising $815 in donations, WB Pit Stop for providing coffees and collecting $194.70 in donations, Peter Holmes our auctioneer, Richard Bloomfield for assisting and the Perth Markets Limited staff for providing their ongoing support for the event.
Thank you to our generous Market City community for supporting our charity partner, Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, and we look forward to continuing the tradition next year.