Quilt auc­tion likely to set new high-wa­ter mark as largest fundraiser for EDCL

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - FAISAL ALI

IT’S THE BIG­GEST FUNDRAISER of the year for the Elmira Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Liv­ing (EDCL), and this year might have been amongst a ban­ner out­ing. The an­nual Elmira Quilt Auc­tion was held again on Oc­to­ber 27, rais­ing in ex­cess of $100,000 for the Elmira not-for-profit, which pro­vides ser­vices and hous­ing for com­mu­nity res­i­dents with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

“We ex­pect that this will be prob­a­bly our best year ever. And I think this is the fourth year in row now that we ex­ceeded the $100,000 mark,” said Greg Bechard, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Elmira char­ity.

The fi­nal fig­ure was still be­ing tal­lied, said Bechard. “Prob­a­bly in ex­cess of $110,000, just to keep it on the low side.”

The auc­tion, which was held over the course of Satur­day at the Elmira Pro­duce Auc­tion Co­op­er­a­tive build­ing at Reid Woods Drive and Arthur Street, north of Elmira, saw thou­sands raised through do­nated fur­ni­ture, baked goods and, of course, the main at­trac­tion, the quilts. The auc­tion was also pre­ceded the pre­vi­ous day with a beef brisket din­ner that served over 600 peo­ple, and the start of the si­lent auc­tion, said Bechard.

The ban­ner year for the auc­tion was due to a num­ber of fac­tors, he noted, in­clud­ing a large num­ber of do­nated items, as well as a sig­nif­i­cant turnout.

“We had the hand­made fur­ni­ture that comes, and this year we had the best do­na­tion of fur­ni­ture that we’ve ever had. Prob­a­bly dou­ble what we got last year. And, of course, the bak­ing,” he said. “All in all, the crowd was as big as we’ve ever had, so a re­ally good turnout.”

Not to be out­done, the baked goods drew more than their fair share of do­na­tions, with pies be­ing sold off for hun­dreds of dol­lars at a time.

“They’re 12-inch pies, baked by var­i­ous in­di­vid­u­als. And there were some that were sold for in ex­cess of $1,000. So a per­son would buy it for like $500 or $600, and then put it back in and have it auc­tioned off again. And would of­ten­times auc­tion for that much again. so the pies went any­where from $500-600 to over $1,000,” said Bechard.

“So lots of fun, lots of good char­ity for a wor­thy cause.”

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