I didn't realise, but my cookies were the ONLY raffle prize, LOL!
Well, tickets were selling really well. People really were being very generous.
About three quarters of the way through the evening, my brother-in-law came up to me and said that people thought the cookies were really nice.... Erm... and that... erm... there were only 4 left!
One of the students selling the raffle tickets had left the box of cookies near the table where the cupcakes for dessert were. And someone had mistakenly thought the cookies were part of the dessert!!! She'd taken 4 for her table, then someone else came and took 4.
I know it was a genuine mistake - albeit a BL**DY STUPID one. I mean, the box had red curling ribbon around it (over the top, cross underneath, then brought back up, tied and curled!) and that stuff ain't easy to break! AND there were stickers, sticking down the three sides of the box that opened. So, quite frankly, they must have really wrestled to get that box open!!
AND, when the students were selling the raffle tickets earlier in the evening, they took the box of cookies around with them, so everyone got to see them.
The person who did it is friends with my BIL and SIL. They wouldn't have done it if they'd realised. I just can't quite believe how stoooopid they were NOT to have realised! Anyway, she felt awful and so bought 2 bottles of wine as a replacement raffle prize.
At the end of the evening, my nephew has raised over £720 for Children With AIDS Charity - a charity that is very close to our hearts! So that's the main thing.... but I'd spent ALL DAY on those cookies!