Great Chair Auction: Buying a seat to stand up for youth

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ADAMS — Bernard Bator got into an immediate bidding war when the "Batman" straight chair was up for sale at the 4th Annual Great Chair Auction.

The Cheshire grandfather repeatedly raised his numbered card finally outbidding another man at $105.

"I have a grandson ... and I'm getting it for his birthday," he said during the auction intermission.

Bator was prepared to go higher, though he found the chair priceless knowing the amount of time and skill that went into the functional piece of artwork.

"I used to cane chairs. People don't realize the amount of time spent on [painting] them," he said.

Bator and dozens of other bidders spent a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon at Bounti-Fare Restaurant bidding on 57 chairs, headboards and other decorative furniture to raise thousands of dollars for the Youth Center Inc. The gathering also included several raffles and light refreshments in the banquet hall of the Howland Avenue eatery.

Youth Center Inc. is a 42-year-old organization serving young people from Adams and surrounding communities. An auction organizing committee spent several months putting together the charitable event that kicked off a month ago. In mid-September the auction items were displayed in Adams storefronts and other businesses to draw attention to the fundraiser.

"The event encompasses the whole community. People can donate the furniture, artists help out the youth in our community as we raise money for the kids," said Youth Center Inc. Director Sonia DiSanti.

Formed in 1974, the center provides a variety of community-based educational recreational and supportive services and activities to benefit the local youth and their families.

In its fourth year, the auction has become a great promotion tool for the youth group, according to Pat Fietta of the auction organizing committee.

"Some people still don't know we're here," she said. "The auction also helps connect the artists to the community."

Fietta was instrumental in designing the colorful brochure with plenty of local business advertisements; the cover art featuring three of the superhero-theme pieces of furniture created by Julie Morgan.

Morgan has contributed her talents to the auction since its inception to help herself as much as Youth Center Inc.

"It's my therapy; what I do to unwind and get away from real life," she said. "I do it purely for charity."

Morgan is already planning for the 2017 auction with either a "Dr. Who" or Sherlock Holmes motif.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233


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