COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The 33rd Annual Tibbits Auction held Saturday night attracted a crowd of around 300 to the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater and with more than 500 items donated, nearly $60,000 was raised to benefit the operations of the theatre.
“Going Hollywood” was the auction theme this year and guests entered the Tibbits along a red carpet, greeted by volunteers acting as interviewers and photographers as well as notable stars from the golden age of cinema. Adding to the special occasion, those using the theatre’s new stairs then entered through the brand new 10 foot restored doors. Darren Spieth and Dan Satow, owners of Norton Auctioneers and Spieth & Satow Auctioneers, served as auctioneers for the event. Early in the bidding Satow took a moment to recognize the loss of David Norton who led the auction from the beginning and helped Tibbits raise over 1.3 million dollars through his years. Later in the program another long-time supporter of the auction, Ed Geishert, Sr. who also passed earlier this year was recognized. The highest bid was made by Norma Geishert for the Barton S. Tibbits sponsorship for four tickets for every event in the theatre for the year. Her winning bid was $4000.