Art auction tally reaches $15,000 goal

: CYCA president June Hurt (left) and executive director Kristan Huntley rev up the bidders.

This year, we set ourselves a very high goal for the Art for Art’s Sake Auction — $15,000. Never before had we set a goal that high for ourselves for the auction, but we did the math and that amount would pay for the Trestle Solar Retrofit and LED lights, as well as help cover the insurance and power bills for the Trestle. It would also still allow us to put some away for when it needs to be repainted or maintenance done.

We knew it was a high bar to meet, but with support from local artists, businesses and supporters, we knew it was possible. Thanks to the support of our wonderful sponsors, artists, bidders and volunteers, I am proud to report that WE MET OUR GOAL!

As I write this, it is only five days after the Art for Art’s Sake Auction; therefore, we don’t have all the final tallies and amounts yet, but it is safe to say that we met, and possibly even surpassed, our goal. We had a great start even before the event with amazing community sponsors of the Trestle Solar Retrofit Project. The Cooper-Young Business Association was the first to sign on and InBalance Fitness, Midtown Massage & Bodywork and Midtown Market quickly joined on as sponsors in support as well. Celtic Crossing held a wonderful Irish Beer Dinner a few days before St. Patrick’s Day with the CYCA and Trestle Solar Project as the non-profit benefactor and they raised an amazing $1,000 as well. Memphis Animal Clinic generously donated to the cause, in memory of the late Beverly Greene. A couple of weeks ago, we received a very kind donation from the Guarino Family Fund, for which we are very grateful. These wonderful donors and sponsors made us realize that the Trestle Solar Project really was important to members of our community and that we had great support for the cause.

Auctioneer Ric Chetter wheels and deals his way through the items at the Art for Art’s Sake Auction April 13 at Young Avenue Deli.

We must also thank all the phenomenal artists that make this event possible. This year, we had several returning Cooper-Young artists who kindly donate each year, including Mollie Riggs, Carol Robison, Paul Clarke, Bryan Blankenship, Lisa Lumb, Jeanne Seagle and many more.  We also had some great new additions, including Rachel Romero, Shanna Offutt, Marcus Stafford and Kyl El.  Check out the Art for Art’s Sake website to find out more about the donating artists and how you can get in touch with them if you are interested in purchasing a piece from them directly (

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, we had some great gift certificates and baskets this year as well.  The lucky winner of the dinner for two to Tsunami, which Ben Smith graciously donated, was the one and only Mollie Riggs. To say that she was in awe and shock when her name was called is somewhat of an understatement, but may we say congrats Mollie — it is much deserved!

We would also be remiss if we failed to mention the stellar volunteers and hosting businesses that make this all possible. Karen “Bottle” Capps always goes above and beyond in helping us contact local artists and always takes on the daunting task of hanging the artwork at Otherlands. She also takes on the task of building the set that you see on stage at Young Avenue Deli and hangs the artwork then as well!

Many thanks to Karen Lebowitz and her staff at Otherlands for hosting our Artist Reception in March and Michelle Campbell and Fork It Over Catering for providing the wonderful food. Phillip Stroud and Tiger Bryant always go above and beyond when it comes to hosting the Art for Art’s Sake Auction. Those gentlemen are amazing, as is their dedicated and awesome staff.  A big thank you to Young Avenue Deli for also providing the wonderful hot foods (including those roast beef sliders!), Jason Doty and Bluff City Coffee for the brownies and slider buns, and Camy’s for the scrumptious cheesecake. Of course, no Cooper-Young event would be complete without beer and this year we had four wonderful beer sponsors: Memphis Made Brewing, Schlafly’s AS Barboro and Yazoo.

The event would also not be possible without amazing volunteers.  Edward Greene, Buzz and Judi Shellabarger, Patti King, Mark Morrison, Tyrina and John Browning, Ric Chetter, Chaderlee Shellabarger, Kristan Huntley comprised the Art Auction Committee, led by June Hurt. The committee members worked hard both before and the day of the event. A BIG THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, including:

Andy and Sydney Ashby

Dan Spector

Karen Golightly

Karen Capps and Kristin Gallaty

Patti King

Buzz and Judi Shellabarger

Renee and Scott Massey

Catherine Spencer and Colby Galuska

Monica Braun

Edward Greene

Tristan Causey

Kathy Fisher

Steve Crossnoe

John and Ty Browning

Kate and Ted Schurch

Meredith Armstrong

Noopy Dykes

Patrick Miller

Sarah Frierson

Andi Bailey

Jake Brown

Chris McHaney and Debbie Sowell

Melanie Dacus

Tripp Mazurek

Sarah Hershberger

Emily Bishop

Ric Chetter

Lizi Beard-Ward

Chuck Parr

Last but not least, a BIG THANK YOU to each and every one of you who came out in support of the Auction and Trestle Solar Project, bought a ticket and bid. We greatly appreciate it and we look forward to the installation of the new solar panels here very soon!

By Kristan Huntley/Cooper-Young Community Association

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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