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Saturday's auction benefits local caregivers foundation

By Sherrie Norris (

Article Published: Aug. 5, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Everyone loves to have fun, and most everyone enjoys auctions, bluegrass music and good food.
It's a winning combination, say the folks behind the scenes of High Country Caregiver Foundation, as they set the stage - with all the right ingredients - for their fourth annual Evening at the Auction.

The highly anticipated fundraising event takes place on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Evans Auditorium on the campus of Lees McRae College in Banner Elk.

But it's about much more than having a good time, said Brenda Reece, family caregiver support specialist with Area Agency on Aging and backbone of this and several other programs for the elderly.

"We can just about promise that everyone who attends will enjoy good food, fellowship and music - and can leave with fabulous auction items, but it's the reason behind the event that means so much to our foundation," Reece said.

Reece said it's important that the public know that the funds raised at Saturday's event will help countless families in the High Country.

According to Reece, The HCCF is a non-profit organization that is "passionate about helping family caregivers in Avery and Watauga counties."

The HCCF uses the funds it raises to provide valuable assistance to local family caregivers, mainly in the form of vouchers, which are exchanged with participating agencies and businesses for needed respite services.

"We believe that when caregivers use respite and other support services, they are better able to preserve quality in their own lives and enhance overall family life," Reece said.

"HCCF puts primary emphasis on organizing community support and involvement in its programming and regards partnering as a key to its success. We realize the importance of collaborating with other agencies and organizations to better serve our community.

The mission of HCCF, Reece, said, is simple: "To create awareness of caregiving issues and improve the quality of life for caregivers and those they care for through advocacy, information and referral resources, education, emotional support and supplemental/respite services."

Reece said without the partnerships of High Country Council of Governments, which provides staff and administrative services, and a growing list of participating agencies, none of the foundation's efforts would be possible.

"Their support allows HCCF to distribute 100 percent of the donations to local caregivers for respite services," she said.

Admission to Saturday's event is free. Dinner from Sledgehammer Charlie's will be available for $10 per plate, and a cash bar will be available.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for music with Diana Wilcox and Sarvis Ridge, hot food and a silent auction.

The live auction starts at 7 p.m. with auctioneer (and one of the area's favorite UPS men) Trevor Browning keeping the action alive.

Hundreds of auction items have been donated for this event, including golf and tennis lessons, Appalachian State University football game tickets, spa items, home decor and furnishings, dinners and vacations, such as weekends in Pigeon Forge, Myrtle Beach, Isle of Palms, etc.
The "big ticket items" will be saved for the live auction.

For more information, contact Brenda Reece at (828) 265-5434, ext. 128, or e-mail (

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