The piece of art being offered in the silent auction is a 12 inch Acro Bags decoration that was created by John Littleton and Kate Vogel and originally sold for $3,500. Photo submitted by Ann Rhyne.By Harley Nefe
The Blowing Rock Women’s Club is hard at work continuing to raise money for its scholarship fund. The nonprofit’s latest fundraiser is a silent auction for a piece of art that was donated to Village Thrift.
The piece being offered is a 12 inch frosted hand-blown glass Acro Bag sculpture that was created by John Littleton and Kate Vogel and originally sold for $3,500.
The public is invited to visit Village Thrift and fill out a bid form between now and July 30. The pricing team will then review the bids on August 1 at 10 a.m. and contact the highest bidder who bid above the reserve price. The winner must pay for and pick up the item by August 6 at 3 p.m.
The money generated from the silent auction will go toward the Blowing Rock Women’s Club scholarship fund. These funds are raised through sales at Village Thrift and financial donations.
“We depend on the community to donate items to Village Thrift and to shop at Village Thrift,” said Ann Rhyne, Co-President of Blowing Rock Women’s Club. “Everything in the shop has been donated by individuals or businesses.”
The Blowing Rock Women’s Club used to sell T-shirts at Art in the Park, and the money raised would go toward scholarships for students. During this time, the club would collect between $2,000 and $5,000. Then about five years ago, the group decided to hold a rummage sale at the Blowing Rock American Legion Building, which ended up being very successful. After a couple of years doing the rummage sale, the Blowing Rock Women’s Club decided to take the next step and open Village Thrift three years ago.
“The amount we’ve raised and have been able to put toward scholarships has increased each year,” Rhyne described.
Janet Stout, who serves on the Blowing Rock Women’s Club’s Board as Immediate Past Co-President, shared, “Working with the Blowing Rock Women’s Club has been very fulfilling and rewarding. The women involved are very conscientious. It has been a pleasure to be involved and see the results of our hard work in the scholarships we have been able to provide.”
In the spring, the Blowing Rock Women’s Club awarded $75,000 to 12 individuals through scholarships.
Anyone who attended Blowing Rock School is eligible to apply for a scholarship when they graduate from Watauga High School. Past recipients are also allowed to reapply during their college years, and applicants can attend any institute of higher learning.
According to Pam Washer, who is the Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Blowing Rock Women’s Club, five of the 2022 scholarship recipients had received funds in previous years and received awards again this year. Three of these students are attending Appalachian State, one is attending UNC-Wilmington, and one is attending UNC-Asheville.