By: Melynda Stone | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2017
Put on your Mardi Gras beads and celebrate “Fat Tuesday” at the 4th Annual Volunteers for Youth “Chair-ity” Auction.
“The 2017 “Chair-ity” Auction has been fine tuned and promises to be even more fun than last year’s near sell-out event,” said Volunteers for Youth’s Executive Director, Chris Butler. “If you attended and had fun last year, you will want to put the February 18th date on your calendar and purchase your tickets. If you missed it, definitely make plans to attend this one!” he added.
The Mardi-Gras themed event will feature a live auction of creatively re-purposed and re-designed furnishings. “We are calling on all Pinterest enthusiasts, DIY fans, and the generally creative types to imagine, create and donate our live auction items,” said Butler. Donations of “chair” entries along with any type of creatively re-purposed and re-designed small furnishing are being accepted by contacting the Volunteers for Youth office. In addition, the silent auction will offer men and women alike something for every budget. Cajun cuisine, jazz music, a cash bar and a mysterious new game of chance will round out the evening.
Tickets are on sale now for the event and may be purchased at the Volunteers for Youth office inside Claremore’s Grand Bank, the Claremore Chamber of Commerce, the Claremore Community Center, and Waterfront Frame & Art in downtown Claremore. Prior to the event, ticket prices are $25 each or two for $40. Should they still be available, tickets sold at the door will be $30 each.
“The ‘Chair-ity’ Auction offers a great opportunity for members of the public to exercise their creativity while supporting our youth-serving programs. Every young person has value, just like every piece of furniture, even those pieces that are in need of love and attention,” said Butler.
The mission of Volunteers for Youth is to positively impact the lives of Rogers County youth. This is accomplished through mentoring programs (PAL & e-PAL), an after school program (BLAST), a program for suspended students (U-Turn Academy), and a program for first-offenders or those on the path to delinquency (Step-Up). Our prevention team also deploys strategies to reduce underage drinking, substance abuse, tobacco use and works to create an overall healthier environment in Rogers County through increased physical activity and improved nutrition. Volunteers for Youth is a local organization that is not affiliated with any national organizations and supported through fundraising efforts, individual donations and grants.
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