Chairs for Charity


     This event was held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 — at the San Andreas Town Hall

Sponsoring and hosting Chairs for Charity 2015, again,  were Calaveras Arts Council and Soroptimist International of Calaveras County. This was a great opportunity for Calaveras County non-profit groups, schools, individuals or organizations to make a little extra cash! Professional artists and community groups received 40% of the auction price. Chairs and other silent auction donations were sold either by live auction or silent auction. Julie Youngblood returned again to host Xtreme Musical Chairs —Her “stop the music” sense of timing is impeccable every participant truly enjoyed themselves.

  • "We are the Champions" by Carol Jones-Giannini


Chairs for Charity 2013 — Partners Say Thank You!

Chairs for Charity 2013 was held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the San Andreas Town Hall.  Attendees were treated to a delicious buffet dinner served by the Pickle Patch and had the opportunity to purchase artistic creations via Live and Silent Auctions.  A no-host bar was available as well as several high-value raffle basket items.

Every artist, community group, non-profit entity and individual who entered his or her “creations” is to be thanked over and over again. Looking at the unique, finished items left little doubt that hours and hours of time and effort and expense went into each and every entry — We thank you!  The students from Oakendell were invaluable to us.  Transporting 33 items from the Gallery to the Town Hall was a big job. Then they set up the tables and chairs also.  Our distinguished judges had a difficult chore in choosing the ten that would go into the Live Auction – thank you judges.  Our media contacts were there for us, as always.  In January, there were articles or photos nearly every week.

And to those who came, participated and took a chair (or item) home, we thank you too.  The hosts, Calaveras County Arts Council (CAC) and Soroptimist International of Calaveras County (SICC), are indebted to the “whiz-bang,” loveable, laughable auctioneering antics and talents of Mindi Bach during the Live Auction.  Bringing each creator on stage to explain how their “creation” came to be, added interest, laughter and fun.  Bidders from all corners of the room were raising their hands to participate — and ten Live Auction bidders took home that special chair or item to adorn their homes, offices or patios.  And as if that weren’t enough, 23 Silent Auction items attracted a goodly amount of attention.  The highlight of the evening was the special donation by Ed and Susan Rich of their private home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for up to a 2-week stay. Two lucky bidders each took a week making this donation the highest money-getter of the evening.

Artists and community groups receive 40% of what their item brought.  Bottom line profits are divided between SICC and CAC. Those funds filter right back into the Calaveras County communities from CAC with art/music related events like Artists in the Schools, Arts Resource Center, Ovations Performing Arts Series and Music in the Parks.  SICC provides monetary and recognition awards to young women and youth, partners with Mark Twain Medical Center to sponsor the blood screening tests held in April and May, provides the Teddy Bear Tea in November and has held the Frog Jump Youth Parade for the past 66 years!

We would be amiss also, if we didn’t thank our own groups’ members and volunteers. It seemed that all in attendance had a good time, and we thank every single person who had a hand in allowing the Calaveras County residents to enjoy an evening out while enjoying our very unique Chairs for Charity event for 2013!

Lori Kelly's entry:  "Calaveras County Scenes"


Carol Jones-Giannini's Entry:  "TIME OUT"

Some of the Top Ten featured in the Live Auction -Chairs 2013

Some of the Top Ten featured in the Live Auction -Chairs 2013

Chairs for Charity – Saturday, January 26, 2013

“Grab a Seat” for a fun-filled evening!

Entries have been pouring in from community groups, professional artists and individuals for the Chairs for Charity 2013 event on Jan. 26.  Only 30 entries are being allowed this year, and those are already on hand. It will be a fun-filled evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the San Andreas Town Hall.  Admission price is $25 – and tickets must be purchased in advance. A full night of fun will begin with Pickle Patch, San Andreas, catering a delicious buffet dinner. A no-host bar, featuring a specialty drink, will be available. Llive and silent auction opportunities will be offered.  Fabulous raffle prizes will be offered and everyone will have a chance to participate in rounds of Xtreme musical chairs, just like when you were a kid.  Mindy Bach will serve as Auctioneer and emcee for the evening.

Local judges will chose, in advance, the top ten entries making up the live auction portion of this event.  Other entries will be available for bidding through silent auction. Chairs for Charity is a collaboration between Calaveras Arts Council and Soroptimist International of Calaveras County.  Profits of more than $23,400 from Chairs for Charity events in 2009, 2010 & 2011 have benefited the Calaveras community as a result of these fund raising events.

Several well-known local artists have/are submitting entries: Sumiko Mancinelli, Ruth Morrow, Cate Culver, Lori & Pete Kelly, Kevin Brady, Jane Brown, Anne Dasche, Linda Lawrence, Connie Strawbridge and others have created masterpieces for all to enjoy & appreciate. A partial list of community groups with entries are: Arts Council, My Own School, Calaveras Big Trees, ARC, Hospice, Mountain Ranch Resource Center Food Pantry, PACE yourself, Sierra Hope, Soroptimists and more.

“Sittin and Sippin” creation by John Rash, Folsom.
Unique chair and table made from an oak wine barrel.

There are rocking chairs, benches, padded stools, watercolors, a Celtic chair, an Adirondack chair, a caned chair, a chair complete with a bird feeder, a child’s chair, wooden theatre chairs, chairs with cushions plus a chair lovingly created from a wine barrel (see photo below).  You will not want to miss out on this creative fun.

Being offered as an added attraction this year, as part of the live auction, is a fabulous vacation excursion to Las Cruces, New Mexico.  This 4-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath private residence has a beautiful outside patio and is within walking distance to the small village of La Mesilla. Wouldn’t spending two weeks here be ideal?

For questions or to purchase tickets, contact the Arts Council at 754-1774 or visit the groups’ websites: or for more information.

Chairs for Charity – January 29, 2011

Chairs for Charity 2011 raised $9,900, per the three sponsoring groups: Calaveras CommunityFoundation, Calaveras Arts Council and Soroptimist International of Calaveras County.  The three non-profit groups joined forces, for the third year, on January 29, 2011 at the San Andreas Town Hall. A percentage of the selling price of the entered chair is returned to the non-profit group who enters the chair.

Nine local charitable groups benefited from the chair (or chair-related item) that they was entered.  Those participating groups were: My Own School, Calaveras County Friends of the Library, Writer’s Unlimited, Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance, Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families, Angels Camp Mercantile, as well as the three collaborating groups.

More room at the San Andreas Town Hall than at the Native Sons Hall in Murphys (the venue for events in 2009 and 2010), allowed more than 200 guests enjoy the event which featured  live and silent auctions with bidding encouraged by auctioneer, Roark Webber.  Raffle prizes galore, a no-host bar, and a delicious buffet dinner catered by Tim Folendorf rounded out the evening.  The crowd, again, actively participated in rousing rounds of Musical Chairs led by Julie Youngblood.

Profits from Chairs for Charity are split equally between the three groups to support their own programs and projects. The proceeds from the last three year’s events has amounted to $23,400.

Chairs for Charity is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy creative beauty and expression with the added caveat that every penny of the profits goes back to non-profit groups within our Calaveras communities.

Enjoy the photos from the 2011 event below:

Chairs for Charity – January 30, 2010

Chairs for Charity 2010 grew in attendance from the inaugural event, held in 2009.  2010’s entries featured dozens of handcrafted chairs entered by professional and amateur artists, as well as other forms of art – photography, paintings, etc – all following the chair theme.

The three collaborators: Calaveras Community Foundation, SICC and Calaveras County Arts Council again joined forces and split the net profit from the event.  The Native Sons Hall in Murphys was the venue with more than 150 guests in attendance.  More than 50 artists and organizations crafted chairs of various concepts that were entered into the silent auction. The ten judged most worthy were part of the live auction process. Roark Webber of San Andreas was the emcee and auctioneer and the delicious buffet dinner was catered by Tim Folendorf of Angels Camp. Delicious cookies were donated by Sue Harrington.

A “Hot Seat” competition was instituted in 2010 — attendees voted for their “favorite chair.”The winner of the Hot Seat Competition was “Polka Dot High Chair” entered by the Soroptimist Club.  A symbolic “little chair” engraved with the Soroptimist name was awarded.

President Karen & Carol Jones-Giannini, artist, pose with “Polka Dot High Chair” the winner of the “Hot Seat” 2010 Chairs for Charity competition


Chairs for Charity – January 31, 2009

The inaugural event called “Calaveras Chairs for Charity” is a collaboration between community groups for the purpose of providing a venue for local Calaveras County artists, would-be artists, non-profit groups and individuals to profit from their own creativity.  Fund-raising for the collaborators is the goal but the event has proven to be a night of fun, food and entertainment for those attending.

The January event was held in 2009 at the Native Sons Hall in Murphys.  The collaborators  were Calaveras Community Foundation, SICC and the Calaveras County Arts Council.  The evening began with attendees and entrants perusing the various decorated chairs set up around the hall. Judges chose 10 – the best of the best – to move into the live auction. Auctioneer Doug Brown worked the crowd into a frenzy with fast-paced bidding.  The remaining chairs were auctioned via silent auction.

In addition to the chance to take home a beautifully decorated chair, a catered dinner was served, beverages were available at the no-host bar and active, sometimes rowdy rounds of Musical Chairs resulted in laughter and fun for all.



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