Thursday March 08, 2012 | 09:53 PM

For the first time in its nine year history, the Cancer Community Center's Online Auction opened with an art preview party. Held tonight at the Regency Hotel in the Old Port, the reception offered a chance to view more than 50 art works by a mix of local and national artists before the auction begins tomorrow. Bidding starts at 9 a.m. and wraps up Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. But tonight, all the work could be purchased off the wall for its list price. The event's organizers were surprised to see 11 pieces go out the door for top dollar. Many other buyers picked out the work (or works) they intend to start bidding on tomorrow.

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Throughout the party Larry "Flash" Allen provided an up-tempo atmosphere, while guests chatted, browsed the show and enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres. In addition to fine art, the online auction offers a huge selection of trips, tickets, restaurant gift certificates, kid's stuff and fashions. All the proceeds fund the center's free array of programs and services for those touched by cancer.

Be sure to pick up the March 11 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more photos and details from the party in my Society Notebook column.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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