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Ashley Furniture silent auction to raise funds for animal shelter

Nick Shepherd • Jun 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

KINGSPORT — An area business is holding a silent auction this weekend to help raise funds for the Kingsport Animal Shelter.

Ashley Furniture, located on North Eastman Road, will be holding the silent auction starting Friday at 10 a.m. The winners will be announced Sunday. Participants don’t have to present on Sunday in order to win.

Along with the silent auction, Ashley Furniture will give a 20 percent discount on anything in the store for a $20 donation and will be accepting donations of any kind. There also will be animals in front of the store on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

“We’re doing the fundraiser for our local animal shelters, which is now SBK: Sullivan, Bluff City and Kingsport,” said April Adams, sales associate for Ashley Furniture. “But basically it’s for the Kingsport Animal Shelter because they are in desperate need of money right now. And I love animals so much that I picked them as my fundraiser.”

Items up for auction include gift certificates from Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, Chop House, Chili’s and Food City. In addition, there are a pair of whitewater rafting tickets, three steak dinners donated by Longhorn Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse baskets, and Fun Fest items — among them multiple $20 gift certificates, insulated cups and two tickets to a concert.

Other items include handmade wire wreaths, books by local author JS Moore, a piece of furniture from Ashley Furniture, a Pampered Chef basket, baskets donated by East Lawn, a signed picture of Willie from “Duck Dynasty,” Pal’s shirts, and two rounds of golf from Cattails. Area businesses have donated many other items.

The items to be auctioned will be displayed inside the store. Bidders will write down on a slip of paper their name, contact information and a bid. Whoever has the highest bid will win the item.

Adams said the store will contact the winner Sunday and the winner will then pay for the item.

There is no minimum bid.

Store employees get to choose what local charity these fundraisers will benefit. Adams picked the animal shelter because of its recent influx of dogs.

“They have just had so many dogs come in lately that they are having a hard time feeding them,” said Adams, who has three cats and a dog at her home. “They are having a hard time with medicine and blankets and everything. They are in desperate need right now of us raising money. That’s why I picked them.”

She hopes to raise between $500 and $1,000 to benefit the shelter.

“Everybody, probably, has a pet that they love like their own children,” Adams said. “Think about the ones who don’t yet have a household that is wonderful, like many people have. So just come in, see what we have and make a little donation to help our furry friends out.”

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