Union County YMCA holding art auction

Charles Warner Editor

October 8, 2013

UNION — The Union County YMCA is raising funds this week for its financial assistance program through an art auction made possible by the hard work and generosity of a long-time supporter of the organization.

YMCA Executive Director Scott Sandor said Monday that the YMCA is holding the art auction through 7 p.m. Thursday. The art to be auctioned is on display in the entrance area and main hallway of the YMCA which is located at 106 Lakeside Drive, Union. Sandor said the items are all the work of Harold Simmons who he described as an active supporter of the YMCA whose enthusiasm for the organization lead him to donate them to be auctioned. He said the items are jigsaw puzzles that Simmons has assembled and framed as part of his efforts to cope with Parkinson’s Disease.

“Harold started doing these puzzles to help with his coordination since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s,” Sandor said. “He has spent a lot of time putting these puzzles together then purchasing the frames at yard sales and then framing them. It’s really nice art.

“Harold’s always been very active in the Y,” he said. “His passion for the Y lead him to donate all this art for us to do an art auction fundraiser.”

Sandor said that the idea for an art auction of Simmons’ work was developed by Simmons and YMCA board chair Linda Cassels.

The images assembled and donated by Simmons include historic scenes from the Civil War and the American Revolution; scenes of rural life; Christmas scenes; and nature scenes.

In addition, Sandor said Simmons also donated handcrafted pens he made and framed photos two of the county’s textile mills and the “money” they paid their employees.

“There’s also framed photos of the old Union mill and the old Buffalo mill,” Sandor said. “Each picture includes the boogaloos the mills issued their employees.”

Sandors said visitors to the YMCA who see one of Simmons’ work they want to bid on may do by simply registering for a bidder number. He said the items may be viewed during the YMCA’s hours of operation from 5 a.m.-9 p.m.

All bidding will conclude at 7 p.m. Thursday and Sandor said there will be a reception at the YMCA from 6-8 p.m. during which Simmons will sign his work and thank those who participated in the auction.

Sandor said the proceeds from the auction will go to the YMCA’s financial assistance program which enables low-income families and individuals to participate in the Y’s activities that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

“People apply for the assistance which is based on income and the number of people a household,” Sandor said. “This determines if they get 50 percent or 75 percent off the regular membership dues. A low-income single mother with two children, for instance, might only pay 25 percent of the regular membership dues under the financial assistance program.”

For more information about the art auction and the services provided by Union County YMCA contact 864-427-0668 or ssandor@unionymca.org.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.