Plenty of surprises are always in
store for the annual Pottery Plus
Auction, but there is always one
The quality of
“The pottery seems to get better every year,” says Karen
Chamberlain, chair of the planning committee for the
2008 Pottery Plus Auction, which supports the services of
FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care.
The auction, featuring the work of some of the Sandhills
area’s most outstanding potters, will be held Saturday, Oct. 4,
at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst. It is the
FirstHealth Hospice Foundation’s major fundraising event of
If pottery isn’t your thing, what about four Duke-Carolina
men’s basketball tickets, a lobster dinner for 10, a weekend
at the Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill or a resort vacation
on Grand Cayman Island? Those are among the “plus”
items that will be up for bid at the Pottery Plus event, which
includes both live and silent auctions.
This year’s fundraiser—the 13th annual Pottery Plus
Auction—will have something of an international flavor, with
a number of auction items from around the world that have
been donated by various friends of Hospice.
“For example, we have an antique, six-panel Japanese floor
screen with a beautiful landscape scene depicted in ink on
paper, as well as a small rosewood Chinese stand with a marble
top,” says Ellen Jordan, who has coordinated the acquisition of
items for the live auction.
A highlight of the auction will be the bidding on a piece
of pottery selected as the Chairman’s Choice. It was made
by Seagrove potter Daniel Johnston. (See the accompanying
story.) A bean pot by Seagrove pottery icon Ben Owen Sr. is
also expected to foster spirited competition among bidders.
Other auction items that are likely to fetch healthy sums for
the Hospice Foundation include two four-day passes to the
2009 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Bethpage State Park
in New York, paintings by local artists Jessie Mackay and Fay
Terry, catered gourmet dinners for 10, and the use of vacation
homes at Holden Beach and Cedar Key, Fla.
The Grand Cayman Island vacation is a week-long stay
for up to six people at the luxurious Discovery Point Club on
Seven Mile Beach.
The four Duke-Carolina basketball tickets are for the game
next winter in Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. The winning
bidder will also receive four gift certificates for dinner before
the game at the award-winning Magnolia Grill in Durham.
“We had the Duke-Carolina tickets and the Magnolia Grill
dinners in the auction last year, and they sold for quite a good
price,” Jordan says.
The 438 people who attended last year’s Pottery Plus
Auction helped raise more than $137,000 for the Hospice
“There are so many people in this community who feel so
passionate about Hospice that they come to the auction year
after year,” Chamberlain says. “But we always see a lot of new
faces, too, which is wonderful.
“I think the potters who donate items for the auction are
as committed to Hospice as the volunteers who work on the
event. Like so many other people in this area, a number of the
potters have been personally touched by Hospice. It is one of
those causes that affect nearly everyone.”
FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care offers a wide array
of services for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their
families that continue for as long as the family needs help
coping with the loss. The Hospice staff includes nurses,
nurses’ aides, social workers, grief counselors, a chaplain
and administrative personnel. A corps of more than 100
compassionate, committed volunteers provides vital support.
Most Hospice visits are to patient homes, but the Hospice
staff and volunteers also see patients in nursing homes and
assisted living facilities.
Hospice’s plans include a residential Hospice House that
will be located away from the main Moore Regional Hospital
campus on a multi-acre site on Highway 15/501 in Pinehurst.
Groundbreaking is planned for this winter.
Proceeds from this year’s Pottery Plus Auction will help
support the construction of the new Hospice House, as well
as support the direct care, counseling and support services of
FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care.
Tickets to the Pottery Plus Auction, which includes hors
d’oeuvres and beverages, are $50 each. For more information,
call the Foundation of FirstHealth at (910) 695-7500.