Chairish the Future 2017 held February 24, 2017, at the Foundry at Puritan Mill was a riveting success, thanks to everyone involved. We raised $95,164 at the art auction and gala, the most raised in its 23 years. The highest bid for an auction item was $2,800 for a private wine tasting and dinner at C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar.
At Chairish the Future, chosen artists “adopted” chairs or other pieces of used furniture from our warehouse and transform them into works of art. The “transformed” furniture was auctioned off to raise money for the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta.
More than 50 artists donated works to be sold at auction at Chairish the Future, along with donated items such as two tour passes for Oakland Cemetery; penguin experience and behind-the- scenes tour at Georgia Aquarium; two theater tickets at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse; behind-the- scenes tour of SunTrust Park plus four game tickets and parking; a wine dinner for eight people at C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar; one week’s stay at a condo on Folly Beach, South Carolina; an overnight stay at the Inn at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort; a pampered pooch package from Barking Hound Village; autographed Atlanta Falcon Julio Jones jersey; and an autographed baseball bat by Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones.
Generous sponsors who helped bring the event to life include endive catering, American Spirit Whiskey, Treehorn Cider, Integrity Wines, Sherlock’s Wine Merchant, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, The Metrognomes, Corryn Lytle, Laura Stone Photo, Rooms to Go, Publix Super Markets Charities, EPS Print Solutions, Inc., Cox Enterprises, Bell Oaks Executive Search, ML Healthcare, The Anderson Group, Midtown Consulting Group, IBMSECU, Northwestern Mutual Goodwin, Wright, and All Seating.
“We deeply appreciate the generosity of the community and artists coming together to help people in need,” says Megan Anderson, who’s served as executive director of Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta for 12 years. “Every day at Furniture Bank we are helping people who are transitioning out of homelessness by providing them with furniture. Having a home—and furniture inside of it—is providing a sanctuary for a person, which aids in their physical and emotional wellbeing. Seeing Atlanta come together to raise money for this worthy cause is incredible. Every cent is needed.”
For information on next year’s Chairish the Future, contact Megan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Corryn Lytle, photo editing by Laura Stone Photo