Sixteen artists, 10 chairs and six glass windows generated more than $8,000 for the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center Foundation at the Best Seat in the House: A CHAIR-ity Auction, with a View.
“We’re very happy with what a great turnout it was,” said Amy Oatley, office manager at the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation.
Not skipping a beat since last year’s event was postponed twice due to pandemic concerns, the second annual art auction took place on Saturday, March 20 at the Tiki Bar & Grille and raised over $1,000 more than the first year, in 2019.
“We’re thrilled at the outcome,” said Angela Lagan, who is on the event’s five-person committee. “We’re absolutely looking forward to doing this again, maybe not even with Adirondack chairs – who knows?”
The windows, many stained with Florida flora and arching birds, were a new touch.
According to Lagan, the event will feature a different crafted item next year.
“We realized people came with hundreds of dollars in their pocket and went home without a chair if they got outbid,” Lagan said of the 2019 event. “We added the windows because we wanted everyone to get a chance to participate.”