The Capital Seats auction at the Kentucky History Center Thursday evening brought in an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 for the Grand Theatre community arts center project.
Michael Greer, president of the Save the Grand Theatre group, believes 400 to 500 people attended the event. The 57 colorful benches were displayed in the Cralle-Day Garden behind the History Center.
Besides having time to look at the benches, people listened to live jazz and tasted samplings of food from area caterers and restaurants before the live auction began. Twenty-six benches were sold by live auction while others were available by silent auction.
"Overall, I'm very pleased with the way it went," Greer said. "With all the competition we had today, the turnout was greater than I expected."
The competition was a Thursday evening University of Kentucky-South Carolina football game on TV; President Bush being in Lexington Thursday for a fund-raiser; a wine-tasting in Lexington Thursday evening; a country club event here; and a Porgy and Bess performance at Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts.