Destination Design auction raises $12,600

VIENNA – Destination Design to benefit Wood County Habitat for Humanity drew more than a hundred people on Thursday evening, raising $12,600 for the local chapter.

This is the second year for the Destination Design, which focuses on furnishings and design elements for the home, said Alvin Phillips, Habitat executive director.

“Habitat for Humanity has been wanting to develop a ‘signature event’ for our area for years, and this is it,” Phillips said.

Displays focusing on decorating ideas, furniture, windows and services for the home were the focus of the evening, Phillips said.

“Our goal this evening is to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity in Wood County,” Phillips said.

Fifty-three items were donated for the live auction, said Lisa Collins, development coordinator for Wood County Habitat for Humanity.

More than 90 items were donated for the silent auction, held in a separate room.

Ranging from dishes to paintings, including options such as statuettes, a carousel horse, and a Woodcraft basket, the items in the silent auction drew a large crowd on Thursday evening.

This was the first year for the silent auction, Collins said.

More than 120 people bought advanced tickets, costing $35 each, Collins said. Tickets at the door were $45 and Habitat for Humanity hoped it would sell many of those as well, she said.

Grand Pointe Conference Center donated the use of the facility for this event, Collins said.

A light dinner was available before the event began, provided by various food sponsors with each sponsored dish set up on its own table.

Food sponsors included United Bank, Valerie Young with River Valley Properties, Gift Gallery of Vienna, DeBarr Trucking, Highmark West Virginia, the West Virginia Central Credit Union, Ruthie’s Just Desserts, Little Stirr Bakery, Downtown Specialty Bakery, Foodland, Vintage Vanilla, Panera Bread and Nicole Kocher.

“Between having the facility donated and the food sponsored, our overhead for this event is almost zero,” Collins said. “Even our live entertainment has been donated.”

Guests were entertained by Chad Stevens and Jesse DeBarr, brothers-in-law who enjoy playing together and wanted to donate their time, Stevens said.

Even local high school students volunteered for the organization. Members of the Parkersburg High School Key Club assisted during the evening, including Casey Morrison, 15, Christina MacIver, 16, Gabrielle Cox, 17, and Gracie Staats, 16.

They were expecting more members of their club to arrive later in the evening, Staats said.

A $250 gas card, donated by Mary Anne Ketelsen, sold for $1,000 during the live auction in a bidding war that entertained the audience for several minutes.

Susan Lamp of Parkersburg, long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity, was excited about the event.

“I think that Habitat for Humanity is one of the most worthwhile organizations that benefit people working to get their own homes in the area,” Lamp said. “I’m excited about the outcome of the auction.”

A break for final bids on the silent auction was held at 8 p.m.

The silent auction raised $2,400 of the evening’s funds.

The highest bid in the silent auction was $110 for tickets to a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

Karmen Conley with the PM Co. was excited to attend the auction.

“It is my first time here, but I have heard wonderful things about it from last year and I can’t wait to see what happens tonight,” she said.

The highest bid in the auction was for a set of windows donated by Wincore, which sold for $1,200.