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MMOGTA Christmas Party

As usual, the premier social event of the Holiday season is the annual MMOGTA Christmas party. Attendance was outstanding, almost literally, as the overflow crowd often found themselves doing just that, standing out in the aisles as the tables were all filled. Part of the program was dedicated to business, finishing off the T-Sled points season by handing out the awards to the big winners for the 2007 pulling competition. Proud winners were seen leaving with their new coats clutched tightly in their arms.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, Santa arrived right on time to surprise all the little rug rats, curtain climbers, and ankle biters in the crowd. It just isn’t Christmas without kids and gifts. Thanks, Cindy and your various elves for putting this part of the program together, the scene was priceless as all the kids gathered around the Claus man and eagerly awaited their turn.

Central to all of our social events is the buffet food table, and this was perhaps our finest hour in that regard. Fran and her helpers did the setup, and all of the many talented cooks in our group provided their best dish to fill out what was just a magnificent spread.

As always, we finished the evening with Honest Bill running the now famous Blind Auction. Christmas wishes were fulfilled by the dozens as eager bidders unburdened their wallets and proved their prowess in the fast paced world of competitive finance. The “hot corner” up in the front held up their end and protected their reputation for not letting a bargain pass, though they are now referred to as “Willie and the Poor Boys”. Over the years we have become accustomed to rather creative gifting in this event, and, as always there are some true values to be found. Overfed bidders this year were nearly caught off guard as suddenly the auctioneer pulled forth the most coveted item of all, the one-of-a-kind Lynn Garber “Rookie of the Year” collectors card. It was like finding a Ty Cobb original card at a garage sale. Bidding started at 25 cents until a sharp eyed sports fan finally recognized the rare item and brought the final bid to some $18. I’m sure the story will be retold for years about the one that almost got away.

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