By David Rogers. August 18, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — More, more, more. Nearly one hundred registered bidders took their turns competing for more than a handful of valuable prizes Saturday night at Blowing Rock’s American Legion Building. The occasion? Blowing Rock’s 6th annual Rotary Charity Auction.
COVER IMAGE: Twilight Oak oil on canvas painted and donated by Stephen Brooks. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Event chair John Calvin reported to Blowing Rock News that the club netted (after expenses) approximately $26,000. The premier auction prize this year was an abstract painting of a tree by acclaimed artist, Stephen Brooks. The large (30″ x 48″) Twilight Oak oil on canvas fetched $2,700.
Whether for art, golf foursomes at prestigious country clubs, or any number of other items, at times the bidding was sufficiently competitive to be high entertainment, and the thunderous applause that accompanied the three auctioneers’ declaration of “SOLD” was prove positive that the audience appreciated every moment.
The food and beverages were supplied by the Inn at Ragged Gardens and Best Cellar Restaurant.
With the $26,000 net, The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock has now raised roughly $182,000 for various charitable causes, most of them local non-profit agencies. Along with Rotary’s fund-raising efforts in support of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, each year the local club raises in the neighborhood of $50,000, 100% of which goes to not-for-profit initiatives since on the local level Rotary is made up entirely of volunteers.
Agencies are current or past recipients of Blowing Rock Rotary contributions and grants include, but are not limited to:
Community Care Clinic
Hospitality House Boone
Hunger & Health Coalition
Oasis (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter)
Red Cross Blood Drive
Blowing Rock School
Blowing Rock Memorial Park Gazebo
High Country United Way
Western Youth Network
Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S.
Watauga County 7th Grade “Career Day”
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Scholarship
Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Leadership Camp
Watauga High School Student Scholarships
Blowing Rock Pool Picnic Shelter
Blowing Rock Flags for Veterans
Blowing Rock Hometown Harvest Supper
Blue Ridge Parkway Kids Trails
Polio Plus (Rotary Foundation drive to ELIMINATE polio)
International Project relief for Haiti
ShelterBox disaster response
Wheel Chair Foundation
Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (C.A.R.T.)
Wine to Water