By April Boleware
This year’s Art for Art’s Sake art auction came with many changes. Longtime board members stepped down, I took over as chairman not realizing how little knowledge I had of all things involved with this project, and as I am sure you are aware, the auction date was changed due to another conflict.
With all of that said, this year’s auction was a great success!
Dennis Phillippi hit the stage at 7 p.m. to a crowd of more than 150. His charm wooed the bidders and helped bring in more than $4,000 in live auction revenue. We had an overwhelming number of new donors to the silent auction bringing the overall total to more than $9,500. These funds will again be used to maintain the trestle art as well as any other beautification projects within Cooper-Young.
It was a pleasure and a huge learning experience to serve this year. Next year’s auction will resume at its normal time in April, so mark your calendars.
So many people worked some amazing hours to ensure we had another great year. My utmost thanks to the auction committee: Libby Flint, Kristan Huntley, Mark Morrison, Debbie Sowell and Jason Word. Special thanks also go to Karen Capps, who not only donated as an artist but generously gave her time and energy to facilitating relationships, and set up for the artist reception and the live auction.
I would also like to acknowledge Bluff City Sports for our volunteer T-shirts, Signs Now on Winchester, Party Concepts, Otherlands Coffee and Fork it Over catering for hosting the artist reception. Tiger Bryant and Phillip Stroud at Young Avenue Deli hosted our event again this year. They have been amazing champions for our community and their generosity is very much appreciated. Food and beverages this year were provided by several of our local restaurants: Camy’s, Celtic Crossing, Central BBQ, Cortona, Kevin Sullivan, Outback Steakhouse, Schlafly, Tsunami, Yazoo Brewery and Young Avenue Deli.
Of course, no event can be complete without the help of our wonderful volunteers: Andy and Sydney Ashby, John Atwood, Amanda Ball, Liz Beard, Emily Bishop, Ben Boleware, Demetrius Boyland, John and Ty Browning, Triston Causey, Anthony Coley, Liz Conway, Steve Crossnoe, Terry Curtis, Noopy Dykes, Patrice Edwards, Kathy Fisher, Sarah Frierson, Edward Greene, June Hurt, Ashley LaRue, Scott and Renee Massey, Tripp Mazurek, Chris McHaney, Patrick Miller, Chuck Par, Mike Parnell, Bill Pritchard, Beth Pulliam, Kevin Ritz, Ted and Kate Schurch, Dan Spector, Guillermo Umbria, Tim Ward, Lori Witmer and Jennifer Word.
Thank you to our live auction artists for donating their work as well: John Browning, Nick Canterucci, Karen “Bottle” Capps, Paul Clarke, Rollin Kocsis, Lisa Lumb, Katie McSweeney, Lee Phenix, Mollie Riggs, Carol Robison, Jeanne Seagle, Judy Vandergrift and Alex Warble.
To everyone who donated, served, set up or simply came just to show their support, thank you very much. It is a rare find to have a few that you can depend on. It is an amazing gift to have an entire community come together.