Thursday May 17, 2012 | 11:31 PM

Gracie, a 16-week-old female golden retriever generated quite a stir when Meg Wilson brought her out during the Kids First Gala Auction, held tonight at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth. She was number three on tonight's live auction docket (subject to the successful bidder completing a screening process) and generated oohs, aahs and outstretched hands for the duration of her appearance on the auction floor. When the gavel fell, the lucky bidder paid $1,500 for the privilege.

All the money raised tonight supports the center's programs for children and adults experiencing separation and divorce. Kids First aims to prevent the emotional trauma kids can suffer when their parents go through a messy divorce.

Lee Goldberg, WCSH-6 sports director, hosted tonight's live auction and Tom Saturley, president of Tranzon Auction Properties, lent his professional and personable touch as auctioneer.

Other fun items on the auction block included this Angela Adams rug - modeled by Susan Livingston and Maine District Judge Keith Powers - Red Sox v. Yankees tickets, an original Missy Asen painting and a martini party for 16.

In addition to the live auction, tonight's festivities offered up a cocktail reception on the covered deck, a wide selection of hearty hors d'oeuvres, an extensive silent auction and a chance to dance to the music of swing band Big Chief.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the May 20 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more party photos and details (including a funny story about the high bidder for Gracie).

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

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