Eat, drink and bid at 12th annual auction
Elegant dining and shopping are the catchwords for a traditional pre-Christmas event at the Hotel Colorado next week. The 12th annual Elegant Auction, a fund-raiser hosted by the Glenwood Springs AO Chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, is Friday, Dec. 3. The gala auction and luncheon begins at 11 a.m. with a viewing of 67 auction items ranging from handmade quilts to miniature Christmas trees to hand-knit sweaters, accompanied by complementary champagne.Lunch follows at 11:45 and will feature grilled chicken, green salad with sun-dried tomato dressing and homemade chocolate truffles for dessert. The auction will run during lunch.Artful centerpieces by painter Thomas Kincaid will also be available for purchase through a silent auction.Door prizes will also be given away in drawings and feature donated items from the Mountain Peddler, Robin’s Hallmark, Interiors a la Carte, Anderson’s Clothing, Through the Looking Glass, Confetti Design, the Book Grove, Glenwood Sewing Center, Paradise Day Spa and the Yampah Spa.Proceeds from the event, which is the AO chapter’s primary fund-raiser for the year, stay in the community, said auction organizer Leigh Phipps. This year the money will go to buy books for college-bound young women from Glenwood Springs High School and will fund pap smears for women who can’t afford the procedure. Money will also go the local Girl Scouts’ Girls to Women program that educates elementary school girls about the maturing process.In the past, the PEO chapter has contributed to the Advocate Safehouse Project, Adult Literacy, the Family Visitor Program, Healthy Beginnings and Colorado Mountain College’s Gateway program.The AO Chapter has 65 members and is one of two in Glenwood Springs, Phipps said. It is one of the oldest service organizations in Glenwood Springs and was founded May 1, 1917. “These women represent some of the most respected citizens of Glenwood Springs. The AO chapter of PEO is proud to have among its members some of the most respected professional business women, wives of prominent business leaders, and stalwart community members,” Phipps said.PEO, which promotes women’s education, was originally founded in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on Jan. 21, 1869, by seven college women. “They were very progressive women for their time,” Phipps said.Colorado now has 11,500 members. There are also local PEO chapters in Aspen, Vail, Carbondale, Rifle and Parachute.Tickets for the auction and luncheon are $18 and can be purchased at the Mountain Peddler, 821 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, 945-9301.”The Elegant Auction is a time for the members of our community to come together and celebrate,” said AO chapter president P.J. Click. “When else can you walk into a room and see 250 of the most venerable women of Glenwood Springs? And then to raise a significant amount of funds to benefit others on top of that – I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season.””The Elegant Auction is a time for the members of our community to come together and celebrate,” said AO chapter president P.J. Click. “When else can you walk into a room and see 250 of the most venerable women of Glenwood Springs? And then to raise a significant amount of funds to benefit others on top of that – I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season.”
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