Donated chairs get custom touch for Youth Center Inc. fundraiser
By Phil Demers, New England Newspapers
07/25/2013 07:15:27 AM EDT
This child’s adirondack chair, which was donated by Scott Brown of Cheshire, is being painted by Jon Bak of Adams with the theme ‘Fish are Friends not Food,’ for the Great Chair Auction on Sunday, Oct. 20 to benefit the Youth Center Inc. of Adams. (Gillian Jones/North Adams Transcript)
Thursday July 25, 2013
ADAMS -- A new Youth Center Inc. fundraiser asks local artists to grab a chair and get painting -- the chair, that is.
They've given out 20 locally donated chairs to willing artists and will be recollecting and auctioning off the finished products at Bounti-Fare Restaurant on Oct 20.
Youth Center Director Sonia DiSanti said Tuesday that they still have 15 more chairs looking for homes.
"A lot of people are very excited about the idea," DiSanti said. "They're getting the word out and I think 20 is pretty good so far."
Some participating local artists include Amy Brassard, Gail Sellers, Suzanne Stefanik and Jennifer Huberdeau. DiSanti said they haven't received any back yet, but she's heard some are finished, among them an underwater seascape motif.
The idea for the fundraiser, DiSanti said, originated with Irene Bator, of Cheshire, a former Youth Center director.
Bator, who now co-chairs a committee in charge of organizing the fundraiser, said she wanted it to center around creativity. The Youth Center's board immediately ran with her idea.
Since then, Bator said, "the idea has expanded" into "quite a festival."
"We wanted to involve the community and we certainly wanted it to become a fun event. There will be one-of-a-kind unique items at the auction," she said.
DiSanti said stand-up comics and other entertainers are also planned for the Oct. 20 event.
The Youth Center is also seeking businesses to sponsor the fundraiser. DiSanti said they already have three takers in Whitney's Farm Market, Zucchini's Restaurant and Desperados.
"There's a large amount of people in the community participating in this," she said. "We're now asking for businesses to step up."
With membership up over 200 -- the highest it's been in years -- and a move from its East Street home pending, DiSanti said fundraisers are becoming more and more important to the organization.
"We're going to try to focus on fundraisers that are fun and exciting for the community," she said.
One event already on the calendar is a mini-golf tournament at The Range in North Adams on Aug. 11, DiSanti said. On Oct. 20, a viewing of the painted chairs begins at the restaurant at 1 p.m. and the auction is scheduled for an hour later.
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