One of Cher’s loyal fans paid $750 this week for a bowl on which the singing star scrawled her name during a concert stop in Victoria last April. Victoria resident Dave Pemberton, a “huge fan of Cher since she hung out with Sonny,” submitted the top bid in a silent auction for the shallow, peacock blue bowl held for readers of the Victoria News. Souper Bowls of Hope organizer, Victoria city Coun. Helen Hughes, was thrilled with the added influx of cash for the charity’s beneficiary, the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society. “It was a wonderful opportunity for some serious money for the Youth Employment Society and the Souper Bowls of Hope,” she said, noting that planning for the 2006 event is already underway. The bowl, one of many created for Souper Bowls over the years by local potter Betty Burroughs, originally attracted a winning bid of $300 at the luncheon fundraiser in June. The bidder, who didn’t understand English so well, apparently didn’t understand that he had the highest bid and did not take the bowl. So, it went back into care of the organizers until the idea to auction it off separately was brought up. Pemberton has asked Hughes to write up a letter of authenticity to accompany the bowl.
Source: Victoria News