Organizers for the Hugh Chatham Foundation Wine Auction are excited about this weekend’s 12th annual auction which will be held Friday night at the Liberty in historic downtown Elkin.
“It’s the largest charity event this community has on an annual basis,” said Jeanette Hendrick, director of the Hugh Chatham Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. “We are thrilled to do it.”
This event has become a traditional kick-off event to the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival held annually to celebrate and showcase area wineries.
“Originally the chamber came to us and asked us to do an event before the festival to make it a weekend of events,” Hendrick explained. “We agreed and we’ve taken it seriously. We want to provide the best event possible and people love it. We are just thrilled to provide it.”
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital is a non-profit organization and funds for hospital programming, new equipment, and more is raised through events like the auction, an annual golf tournament and private donations.
Hendrick said that the response to the auction, particularly in terms of the donations that come in from local artists and other citizens wishing to give back, really validates what the hospital means to the community.
“It’s so interesting that people have somehow connected with either our mission or by growing up here or their parents retired here and they just really appreciate the health care that is provided here,” she said. “It makes the community feel good.”
Tickets for the auction are $50 per person. There were 350 guests at last year’s event and Hendrick expects around the same number for this year. As of Tuesday, 200 tickets already had been sold, but Hendrick said they should be able to accommodate last minute at-the-door ticket purchases as well.
“It’s a huge event for us,” she said. “And the Liberty is a great facility for the auction. It showcases all the gifts from artists. We have great talent in the Yadkin Valley.”
There will be around 135 items auctioned off, some in a live auction and others in a silent auction. Items include a trip to St. Johns, a wine cooler, mountain trips, beach trips, massage sessions, a mirror from Aaron’s Sales and Lease, a double magnum from Shelton Vineyards, a Kamado Joe grill from G&B Energy, pottery by Johnny Pardue and Aaron Blackwelder, furniture from Rumple Furniture and a gumoil print by Erik Dahlager. Draw-down tickets also will be available for $100 for a chance to win a four-day, three-night Royal Caribbean Cruise.
Guests at the auction will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine from area vineyards.
“This for the wineries,” Hendrick said. “We want to showcase them and the other businesses in the area. It provides that exposure to visitors and residents, but you don’t have to enjoy wine to enjoy the auction. We auction all sorts of things.”
Hendrick also praised the many volunteers that helped with event preparation and will be helping the night of the auction.
“We have great volunteers,” she said. “We couldn’t do it without those volunteers.”
Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for the auction and hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 6 p.m. The event is scheduled to end at 10 p.m., Hendrick said, “so that everyone will be well rested for the next day’s festival.”
For more information about the Hugh Chatham Foundation, visit www.hughchatham.org/foundation.aspx or call 336-527-7457.
Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.