Bidding for a Good Cause

The Regency Room in downtown Greensboro was hopping last Friday night at the Mental Health Association in Greensboro’s Sixth Annual Art of Living Auction.

Guests mingle and study the auction items
Auction-goers mingled and checked out the goods

Guests bid silently on auction items that ran the gamut from jewelry to gift certificates to sculpture.

Perusing the goods
Perusing the wares
More perusing
More perusing
Items on the jewelry table
Baubles on the jewelry table

The big items—three works of art, a week at a beach house, and diamond earrings—went up for live bid.

Rosemary Plybon, former anchor at WFMY-TV, served as mistress of ceremonies
Rosemary Plybon, former anchor at WFMY-TV, served as mistress of ceremonies

And lively it was, with bidding sailing into the three and four-digit range. Isti Kaldor’s painting, Bluebird, went for $1,400, setting a record price for the evening.

Bluebird, by Isti Kaldor
Bluebird, by Isti Kaldor
Isti talks about his painting and his journey with bipolar disorder
Isti talked about his painting and his journey as an artist with bipolar disorder

There were canapés and cupcakes, balloons and bonhomie.

Susan Ball (center), executive director of the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, talks with MHAG accounting manager Jan Cooke (left) and her sister, Nadine
Susan Ball (center), executive director of the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, visited with MHAG accounting manager Jan Cooke (left) and her sister

The room reverberated with conversation and the dance-inducing rhythms of the Soul Central Band and Jaybird.

The dance floor was a happening place
The dance floor was a happening place

But those who wanted a quiet moment managed to find a place to themselves.

Stealing a quiet moment
Stealing some quiet time

One couple bought a guitar signed by Los Lonely Boys as a surprise gift for their daughter, who wants to learn to play.

The proud owners of a Los Lonely Boys autographed  guitar
The proud owners of a Los Lonely Boys autographed guitar

By the end of the evening, everybody went home with something—whether an irresistible auction item or the memory of a night well-spent for a worthy cause.

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