The 2014 Art of Healthy Living Auction was the place to be in downtown Greensboro on April 11. More than 200 people came to the Empire Room to nosh on appetizers, bid on donated goods, chat, and dance to the Brice Street Band.
Former TV anchor Rosemary Plybon served as auctioneer for the live bidding, which included a signed Kobe Bryant basketball jersey, three seaside vacation rentals, and a pair of diamond earrings.
At the end of the night, a bidding war broke out over a German shepherd pup. As the puppy sniffed for crumbs on the carpet under the watchful eye of his trainer, the bidding escalated to $1,900—the biggest sum for any single item at the auction. The couple who bought him wore ear-to-ear smiles.
Bill Ingold, chair of the board for the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, was a platinum-level sponsor of the auction, along with his wife, Diane. Bill was omnipresent throughout the evening, working the crowd and keeping the event flowing smoothly. He and the Association board organized the auction, with a big helping hand from executive director Susan Ball and auction chair Rick Ball.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better event,” Susan said at the end of the evening. “People really seemed to enjoy themselves—the room was literally buzzing. I think it was a win-win: the Association raised friends and funds, and everyone attending got to support mental health and have fun at the same time.”
All in all, the auction brought it more than $24,000—a healthy sum indeed!