Jazzy junk set for charity auction

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Annual fundraiser aids families, community

It’s easy to get jazzed about junk, especially when it helps those in need.

And that’s exactly what Elbert County Coalition for Outreach Director Pam Witucki has planned.

Now in its fifth year, the festive Jazz Up Our Junk event, set for Sept. 14 in Casey Jones Park, is a partnership that invites local artists to “jazz up” items donated to the ECCO thrift store.

Those items, once refurbished, redecorated and repurposed, are then auctioned off at a gala event, with the proceeds returned to ECCO, a local nonprofit organization that provides emergency support for families and children in need.

“This is really the one time of year that we ask the community for help,” Witucki said. “Most of the time we are out and about helping others and connecting resources, but in order to do that, we do need to raise funds, and this is a fun way to do it.”

Witucki said the silent auction usually has approximately 25 refurbished items up for bid, along with more than 40 items donated by the community.

Along with the auction, the $10 ticket price includes a wine and cheese tasting, featuring a local vintner, as well as a selection of goat cheeses produced by members of 4-H.

Guitarist George Whitesell will provide live music throughout the evening.

“This year we’ve got some really interesting items up for bid,” Witucki said. “Along with a chair and table made out of old suitcases, we’ve also got several prints by Bev Doolittle.”

All proceeds from the event will be returned to ECCO to support its outreach programs, which include emergency funding for housing, transportation, medical needs, clothing and food. ECCO also assists families and individuals with job search and budgeting skills.

“We just really want the community to come out and get to know us and what we do,” Witucki concluded. “And Jazz Up Our Junk is a great chance to get to that in a comfortable, country atmosphere. If nothing else, come for the wine and cheese.”

IF YOU GO

What: Jazz Up Our Junk

Where: Casey Jones Park Pavilion, 4189 Highway 86, Elizabeth

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14

Tickets: $10 each or two for $15

Events: Live and silent auction; wine and cheese tasting

Details: Cash or check only; proxy bidding permitted

More information: Call 303-621-2599 or go online to www.myecco.org