Chair auction will benefit troop groupWORTHINGTON — Ten chairs will once again be on the auction block Saturday to raise money for a local charity.
By: Beth Rickers, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — Ten chairs will once again be on the auction block Saturday to raise money for a local charity.
The Daily Globe Chair Auction will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday on Sailboard Beach.
“The auction has gotten a really good following over the years,” said organizer Denise Erwin, who also lends a hand as one of the chair artisans. “Just as in previous years, people will be able to vote for first-, second- and third-place People’s Choice awards.”
“Votes” are cast in the form of money placed in a canister fastened to each chair, with the chairs garnering the most donations winning the awards. All the monies collected in the jars, as well as proceeds from the auction itself, will this year go to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Nobles County.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting military service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources. The Nobles County chapter was formed in response to last year’s deployment of the Minnesota National Guard Alpha Battery 1-125th Field Artillery, which is based in Luverne and Jackson.
While the area National Guard members have now returned home, there is still a need for the program, according to organizer Al Thiner, whose son, Travis, was among those deployed.
“We need to keep this going,” said Thiner. “This is not just for those who are deployed. This is also for active duty service members. If they’re home and need something, or if their family at home needs help, this group helps out however they can.”
Chair sponsors this year are: Gary’s Painting & Hardwood Lumber; Avera Medical Group Worthington; Erwin’s Painting-Randy Erwin; Lamperts; Ocheda Dairy; Turbe Drealan Kvilhaug Hoefker & Co.; Daily Globe; Java Nau; New Dawn Inc.; and Fulda Area Credit Union. Local artists take the plain wooden Adirondack-style chairs and turn them into works of art using paint and other materials.
Local auctioneer Jack Sliver will take charge of the proceedings on Saturday afternoon, hoping to garner the best price possible for each chair to benefit the charity.
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