UNION — An auction of the works of art created by a long-time supporter of the organization raised more than $1,000 for the Union County YMCA.
The auction, which was held Thursday, Oct. 10, featured the work of Harold Simmons who assembled jigsaw puzzles of historic scenes from the Civil War and the American Revolution; scenes of rural life; Christmas scenes; and nature scenes. Simmons, who began doing the jigsaw puzzles to help him cope with Parkinson’s Disease, then framed the puzzles after assembling them and donated them to the YMCA to be auctioned.
Simmons’ work was placed on display in the entrance area and main hallway of the YMCA. Visitors who saw one of the works they were interested in acquiring could bid on them by registering for a bidder number.
The bidding concluded at 7 p.m. Thursday during a reception at the YMCA during which Simmons autographed his work and thanked those who participated in the auction.
YMCA Executive Director Scott Sandor said that the auction drew many bidders who purchased all of Simmons’ work.
“It was awesome, the community support was tremendous,” Sandor said. “We had 63 framed pieces and somebody bid at least $10 on each of them. He had approximately 20 pieces that were not framed and somebody bid at least $5 on each of them.”
Simmons also donated handcrafted pens he made and framed photos of the Union and Buffalo textile mills and the “boogaloos” the mills issued their employees. Sandor said those sold out as well.
“All items were sold,” Sandor said. “We’re still tallying the funds raised but it was over $1,000.”
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.
Sandor said the YMCA’s next fundraiser will be the “Hog Jog” at Midway BBQ on Oct. 26.
For more information about the Hog Jog and the services provided by Union County YMCA contact 864-427-0668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com.