This year’s “Chairs of Hope” fundraiser at Vandora Springs Elementary School was a smashing success.
The school’s cafeteria was not only packed with hand-painted chairs, but it was brimming with people willing to help out the Relay For Life cause.
The 7th annual “Chairs of Hope” auction featured chairs painted by students, teachers and volunteers. This year the chairs had a theme: sports.
Some chairs were painted for college sports teams, like the Meredith Angels and the N.C. State Wolfpack, while other chairs were painted for professional teams, including the Detroit Red Wings, and the Boston Celtics.
The N.C. State Wolfpack coaches and players even got involved with the fundraiser by signing the chair that featured them.
A wide variety of sports was covered by the chairs. Everything from football to hockey, and even the popular wizarding sport from Harry Potter, Quidditch.
“We had a wonderful turnout for an awesome cause,” said Jim Hunt, the art teacher in charge of the “Chairs of Hope” fundraiser.
By the end of the night, the fundraiser took in about $3,000, and Hunt expected the final total to come to a little over $4,000.
The is the highest total the “Chairs of Hope” fundraiser has ever raised to benefit the Relay For Life of Garner and the American Cancer Society.
Over the past seven years, the “Chairs of Hope” fundraiser has brought in over $19,000 to fight against cancer.
This year, the highest bid for a chair was $300, for the East Carolina University chair, painted by 5th grader Katherine Shearin.
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