Furnitureland Rotary auction will benefit local nonprofits

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 01:00 AM

Organizers of the Rotary Club of Furnitureland’s 40th annual Charity Dinner and Auction have high hopes for the event, which takes place Thursday evening.
But then, they also have a pretty high bar to hurdle: Last year’s auction generated some $60,000 for local nonprofits.
“We actually broke our record last year, so we’ve got a big number to beat,” said Joe Hellinger, auction chairman.
The event will be held Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Showplace in downtown High Point.
A crowd of up to 400 is expected for the event, and proceeds will be distributed among approximately 24 local nonprofit organizations, according to Hellinger.
“This is our big annual fundraiser, and we generate probably 80 to 90 percent of what we’re able to give back to the community in this one night,” he said. “So this is a huge, huge night for us and for the community. We might be the ones spearheading the event, but this is truly a night for the community.”
Approximately 60 furniture manufacturers have donated individual pieces or entire sets of home furnishings for the silent and live auctions. The donations include several bedroom sets and couch sets, a couple of dining room sets, several mattresses and much more.
Other auction highlights include:
• Several trips to Myrtle Beach and to the mountains of western North Carolina.
• Four sets of tickets to the upcoming ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, as well as tickets to the ACC Football Championship in December.
• Tickets to the Wyndham Championship and Wells Fargo Championship golf tournaments.
• A barbecue at your home for up to 25 people.
• A catering package from Pepper Moon Catering.
“We’ve got a lot of other sporting tickets, gift cards, a log splitter, a spa day at Avanti Salon & Spa, gift cards and a whole lot more,” Hellinger said. “We have a very diverse product line this year.”
In addition to the live and silent auctions, there will be a raffle for a chance to win a package of Apple gifts, including an iPad 3, an iPhone 5 and a $500 iTunes gift card.
Raffle tickets are $25 apiece and can be purchased in advance from Furnitureland Rotary Club members, or they can be bought at the door.
Gourmet food and beverages for the evening will be provided by Blue Water Grille and I.H. Caffey Co.
Among the nonprofits that will benefit from Thursday’s event are such organizations as Mobile Meals, the Mother-Baby Foundation, Open Door Ministries, Helping Hands, The Salvation Army, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Fairview Elementary School, Family Service of the Piedmont, the American Legion, the Community Clinic of High Point, the YMCA of Greater High Point and many more.
In the past eight years alone, the event has raised more than $380,000 for local nonprofits, according to club officials. | 888-3579

Want to go?

Rotary Club of Furnitureland’s 40th annual Charity Dinner and Auction will be held Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Showplace, 211 E. Commerce Ave.
Tickets are $40 apiece, which includes a $10 credit toward auction purchases. They can be purchased through auction chairman Joe Hellinger, who can be contacted at 889-1123 or
For a list of auction items, visit