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Annual cat auction nets Heart of Catskill $85K

Sep 23, 2022 1:00 am

Raymond Pignone reports for Columbia-Greene Media that 58 fiberglass and acrylic feline sculptures were sold last weekend during the 16th annual Cat’s Meow Gala and Auction at Historic Catskill Point. More than 300 people attended the event. The auction raised $85,000, the largest amount generated by the event in recent memory, according to the Heart of Catskill Association. The first 30 percent is paid as commissions to the individuals who created the sculptures, and the rest "go right back into worthy causes in and around Catskill," according to the association's Facebook page. After two pandemic-constricted years, this was the first auction since 2019 that the association was able to host a gala and auction with full public participation. “Purrfect Nights” by South Cairo artist Ray Sperzel sold for $3,700, the highest bid in the auction. “Spirit Wings” by Nancy Whelan sold for $3,500 and “Indigo Blues” by Marjorie H. Sisak-Yonker and “Geisha Kitty” by Victoria Lake sold for $3,100 apiece. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.