The silent auction will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the live auction at 11 a.m. Local auctioneer Eddie Pauley from Regency Auction House will conduct the auctions with all proceeds from the event going to benefit BC’s New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW).
Bluefield College launched the NOSW in 2013 for the purpose of providing disadvantaged women from Appalachia the opportunity to improve their personal and professional circumstances. Every year since then, the NOSW has hosted women on campus in a three-week, life-changing residential program. Through the program, disadvantaged women from the Appalachian region who show a willingness to learn and improve their circumstances, participate in academic study, personal development, job search skills, college preparation, leadership development, and more. The program gives these women the tools they need to prosper financially, personally, and educationally.
As a fundraiser for the NOSW to allow the women to participate in the program free of charge, the April 23 auction will feature the following items up for bid: NFL memorabilia signed by Ahmad Bradshaw; dinner for two at The Palisades in Eggleston, Virginia; a variety of coins and West Virginia artisan glass from Diamond ’N Gold Look in Princeton, West Virginia; a P. Buckley Moss print titled “Country Memories;” Wellesley Fine China service for 12; tickets to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; a kayak trip for two from Tangent Outfitters in Pembroke, Virginia; a knife from New Graham Knives in Bluefield, Virginia; a one-year subscription to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph; a car pass and two Member’s Hill badges for the May 7 running of The Virginia Gold Cup races in The Plains, Virginia; a two-night stay at Pipestem (WV) Resort and State Park; two seafood buffet tickets at Fincastle on the Mountain in Bluefield, Virginia; a silk wreath from Roller Floral Company in Bluefield, West Virginia; a two-night stay at Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina; a framed print titled “Spread Your Wings” from Bluestone Interiors in Bluefield, Virginia; $100 in Shell gift cards from Hometown Service Center in Bluefield, Virginia; a Sabika Manhattan choker; a Wishnet necklace and bracelet from Corner Stone Gift Shop; an X-Box 360; brunch for two at Mountain Lake Lodge (where the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed); two annual permits to The Spearhead Trails; earrings from Leslie Ann’s in Bluefield, Virginia; a gift card from Blue Mountain Mercantile in Bluefield, West Virginia; a gift card from Bluefield Yarn Company in Bluefield, West Virginia; a wide selection of artwork from local, regional and national artists; and a variety of other items.
Other local businesses and individuals who would like to support the mission of the New Opportunity School for Women by donating an item to the auction may do so by contacting Terri Kammer, NOSW Advisory Board member and chair of the NOSW Fundraising Committee, by phone at 276-245-3029 or by email at [email protected]. All in-kind donations are tax deductible.
Local residents are encouraged to attend both the silent and live auctions on April 23 to help raise funds for women to attend the spring 2016 session of the New Opportunity School for Women, which will run May 15 through June 4. If you, or someone you know is interested in participating in the 2016 session, contact NOSW director Meg Quinn by phone at 276-326-4257 or by email at [email protected], or visit the BC web site at www.bluefield.edu/nosw.