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Art auction benefits children at Helen Ross McNabb

It was a first-time effort, and it took helping hands to make the evening successful. But when all was said and done, The Art of Helping Children did help, in fund-raising for the children’s services programs at Helen Ross McNabb and in awareness of the work done by the organization here in Blount County.

Coming together to make the event happen were the folks at Helen Ross McNabb, Rachel Cornett of Century 21 Real Estate Group, Preservation Plaza, RaRa Schlitt and other artists and Blount Today.

In addition to the numerous paintings, chairs and stools by featured artist RaRa Schlitt, other contributing artists were Keith Elrod, Mary Bristol, Clay Crowder, Theresa Drinnon and Sallie Macy.

The silent auction bidding continued until 8 p.m. at the event, which was held on Nov. 1 at Preservation Plaza. At the end, winners were notified and could go home with their artwork.

Among the lucky winners was Amy Vagnier, who was picking out artwork for her school, Foothills Elementary. Chris and Fran Leonard had donated money for Amy to use to “shop” for the schools’ art gallery, which is an on-going project designed to help both introduce the students to art and to recognize local and regional artists. Amy did well with her bidding and took several pieces back to the school for the gallery.

RaRa Schlitt said she enjoyed being part of the event because it took creative works of art and used them to help others. “Just like these chairs,” she said, pointing to one of her painted chairs. “Every chair was donated or found and resurrected,” she said. “I want it all to be a ‘Pay it forward’ donation.”

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