Faithworks hold­ing fundraiser auc­tion

Event to raise money for new of­fice space

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Michelle Kim

If you haven’t been able to take that sum­mer vacation or week­end get­away, it’s time to use those sum­mer shop­ping skills for a good cause. Faithworks is hold­ing a fundrais­ing din­ner and silent and live auc­tion at 6 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 4, at East­side High School, fea­tur­ing many de­light­ful week­end get­away pack­ages.

The din­ner will be catered by Terra Foods, owned by Don and Deb­o­rah Theall, which pro­vides cor­po­rate cater­ing for Delta. Dress is ca­sual and mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided.

The silent auc­tion be­gins at 6 p.m. and the live auc­tion will kick off at 7 p.m. Items up for bid in­clude a one-week stay at a five bed­room house over­look­ing the gulf in Gulf Shores, Ala., and week­end stays at Call­away Gar­dens, Reynolds Plan­ta­tion and Pine Moun­tain.

Artist Erin Mac­In­tosh of Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia has do­nated a paint­ing and lo­cal artists have do­nated other paint­ings, heir- loom-qual­ity quits and other art works.

Dr. Hoyt Oliver of Ox­ford is do­nat­ing a wooden bowl carved from a his­toric tree from Cov­ing­ton Square.

For sports fans, Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia foot­ball tick­ets and Braves tick­ets will be up for auc­tion as well.

Faithworks is a Chris­tian non­profit made up of 26 mem­ber churches that pro­vides emer­gency util­ity and hous­ing pay­ment as­sis­tance to lo­cal res­i­dents.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion cur­rently op­er­ates out of a tiny space on Thelma Street do­nated by the New­ton County Min­is­ter’s Union. The do­na­tion makes it pos­si­ble for Faithworks to put 86 cents of ev­ery dol­lar it re­ceives to­wards as­sist­ing fam­i­lies in­stead of pay­ing for over­head, but the cramped of­fice is al­ready burst­ing at the seams dur­ing the day with ap­pli­cants. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is in dire need of more space to ex­pand its ser­vices and serve the more than 10,000 New­ton County res­i­dents liv­ing in poverty.

Faithworks is look­ing to raise enough funds to ac­quire a new space with­out hav­ing to pay a mort­gage in or­der to con­tinue us­ing the ma­jor­ity of its money for help­ing fam­i­lies, said Gil Gainer, event or­ga­nizer and mis- sions chair at Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church.

“We feel very strongly in their mis­sion and what they’re pro­vid­ing for the com­mu­nity,” said Gainer.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion hopes even­tu­ally to have enough space to hold bud­get­ing classes, lit­er­acy train­ing, com­puter classes, job search­ing classes and mock job in­ter­views in ad­di­tion to be­ing able to as­sist more fam­i­lies with emer­gency util­ity re­lief, ac­cord­ing to Faithworks Chair Bob Fur­nad.

Tick­ets are $25 each and can be pur­chased at the door or at the of­fice of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (770) 7867305.

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