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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/16/2015 10:52 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/16/2015 10:56 AM
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Chairs for Charity 2015 – A Successful Event

San Andreas, CA...Chairs for Charity 2015 was held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the San Andreas Town Hall. Attendees were treated to a delicious buffet dinner served by the Pickle Patch and had the opportunity to purchase artistic creations via live and silent auctions. A no-host bar was available as well as several high-value raffle basket items....

Hosted by Calaveras Arts Council (CAC) and Soroptimist International of Calaveras County (SICC), for the 5th year, the event offered residents a fun evening out and the unique opportunity to support local artists and non-profit entities. Artists and community groups receive 40% of what their item brought. Bottom line profits are divided between SICC and CAC. Those funds filter right back into the Calaveras County communities from CAC with art/music related events like Artists in the Schools, Arts Resource Center, Ovations Performing Arts Series and Music in the Parks. SICC provides monetary and recognition awards to young women and youth, partners with Mark Twain Medical Center to sponsor the blood screening tests held during the month of February each year, provides family entertainment at the Teddy Bear Tea in November and has hosted the Frog Jump Youth Parade for the past 68 years!

Without the participation of every artist, community group, non-profit entity and individual who entered his or her “creation” this event would not be possible. We thank you! The students from Oakendell were invaluable to us as they transported all entries from the Arts Council Gallery to Town Hall. Local businesses and individuals were so generous with their donations, which filled the raffle baskets and table. We thank you!

Our judges had a difficult chore in choosing the ten that would go into the live auction – thank you judges. Our media contacts were there for us, as always. In January, there were articles or photos nearly every week. And to those 130 plus who came, dined with us, participated and took a chair (or item) home, we thank you too. Our auctioneer, Terry Weatherby, of Moke Hill, brought humor, laughter and good cheer as he accepted bids for the ten live auction items. And as if that wasn’t enough, 30 silent auction items attracted everyone’s attention. Rounds of Xtreme Musical chairs, hosted by Julie Youngblood, got many on their feet to vie for the great prizes.

We would be amiss also, if we didn’t thank our own groups’ members and volunteers. It seemed that all in attendance had a good time, and we thank every single person who had a hand in making this event successful.

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