Exuding a class that belied the origins of the old warehouse, Coley Hall in The Liberty served as an elegant setting for the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Wine Auction and Gala Friday night.
“This year’s Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Foundation wine auction and gala was an unparalleled success in every dimension,” said hospital CEO Paul Hammes. “A sell-out crowd enjoyed a dazzling performance by the Elkin Big Band, a delicious meal and wine generously donated by 23 area wineries.”
Among those wineries were Adagio Vineyards, Chestnut Trail Vineyards, Jones von Drehle Vineyards and Winery, Medaloni Cellars and Sanders Ridge.
Complementing the tastes of the hospital’s catering company, Sodexo Catering Staff, were vintages from Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery, Grassy Creek Vineyard, Piccione Vineyards and Slightly Askew Winery.
The event featured the talents of local auctioneer Ricky Higgins of Triple H Auction Company, who sold everything from furniture provided by Rumple Furniture and Vaughan Bassett to jewelry courtesy of Harris Leather and Silverworks and Windsor Jewelers.
Donated by individuals as well as companies, trips, overnight stays and dining events such as an evening with Chef Jeff Taylor and a Taste of the Yadkin Valley were popular; however, one of the most bid upon items was tickets to an Appalachian State football game donated by the athletic department and David and Janie Steelman.
Unusual handcrafted items were also on the auction block including a feather bow tie from Brackish, a framed print of Meg Bledsoe’s art featured in HGTV Magazine and Kandice Darnell’s senior project, a quilt and shams.
Although a standard for the auction, the night out with Don Hudson and the evening’s Master of Ceremonies Will Shover of Dance Machine Productions was unlike other items available, with bid winners participating in an evening that includes dinner and entertainment as well as transportation.
A silent auction also was held during the evening with items from Elkin Creek Vineyards, JOLO Vineyards and Winery, RagApple Lassie Vineyards, Roaring River Vineyards and Winery, Shelton Vineyards, and other local businesses, individuals and organizations such as Explore Elkin.
In spite of an increase in price, ticket sales did not diminish.
“I think this is the largest crowd we’ve had for this,” said Douglas Sanders, facility coordinator for The Liberty.
Proceeds from both the sales of the tickets as well as both auctions will go towards the HCMH Foundation Scholarship Fund, which was designed to enhance the medical community by keeping talent local.
“Anticipated record proceeds will endow nursing and other clinical scholarships for Hugh Chatham employees and deserving students already enrolled,” said Hammes.
“I’m especially grateful to the auction steering committee comprised of some of our communities most dedicated champions, to all the auction item donors, and everyone else whose hard work made for such a spectacular event.”
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