Chair-ity event supports education

The White River Education Foundation is putting a creative spin on the traditional fundraising efforts with a Chair-ity Auction at 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at Kelley Farms.

Organizers have put together packages featuring custom chairs painted by local artists that will go on the auction block to raise money for the White River Education Foundation, the nonprofit organization created to support students, faculty and staff in the White River School District.

According to Cindi Vanleirop-Anderson, this is the first large fundraiser the group has sponsored.

The chairs range from colonial-style to Adirondack. Many are part of a theme package. For example, there is a baseball chair that includes baseballs autographed by Felix Hernandez and Franklin Gutierrez of the Seattle Mariners, bobble heads of popular players, T-shirts, a duffle bag, memorabilia and a one-hour pitching lesson for two players and a personalized glove for a left-handed player provided by Cleveland Indians pitcher Nick Hagadone.

The group is also selling raffle tickets for a gaming chair, system and television.

Since its inception, the White River Education Foundation has supported a number of district programs including AVID at Glacier Middle School and White River High School and provided free PSAT testing for all WRHS juniors.

For information, visit website Tickets for the auction are $45 and available through Anderson at 253-405-4118.