Last night’s Berkeley High Live went off with a bang. Auctioneer extraordinaire Steve Haworth Chris Ragalia from Berkeley Honda (pictured above) — which also hosted the event  — did a masterful job of running the Live Auction, music was provided by the Berkeley High School Jazz Combo, and KTVU Channel 2 reporter John Sasaki made a fine compere.

As one would expect for a Berkeley party, the food and drink was top-notch — donated by a slew of local restaurants and food companies including Bette’s Oceanview, Chaat Cafe, Kermit Lynch Wines, Peet’s Coffee, Sweet Adeline Bakery and Acme Bread.

The highest selling auction item was a one-week stay in a Loire Valley home which went for $2,400. It was followed by  a seven-night stay in a Paris apartment, close to the the Eiffel Tower, which was won with a $2,000 bid, and a one-week vacation in a luxury villa in Bali which went for $1,900.

The school sold 355 tickets for the event and is hoping to net as much as, or more, than it did last year, which was about $40,000. The grand total, which will principally go towards the school’s Development Group and the Athletic Fund, was still being tallied up as we “went to press”.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...