Event, now in its 8th year, benefits Legacy Founders Cottage
The annual Christmas Stocking/Basket Auction at the Round-Up Saloon, benefiting the Legacy Founders Cottage, unites new vendors with experienced merchants in support of the community, organizers said this week.
“Legacy doesn’t even have to ask for the help,” said Melissa Grove, the agency’s executive director. “The community is so giving, and the Round-Up steps up to the plate every single time.”
The staff at Round-Up Saloon, the regular host for the event since it started in 1999, looks forward to the fundraiser every year, according to co-owner Alan Pierce.
The event is scheduled at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Everything from fine wine to electronics will be available to benefit the buyer and the Cottage.
More than 110 baskets will be auctioned, according to Grove, with products and gift certificates to delight any recipient. This year, Jeffrey Rigby, karaoke host and DJ, custom-built 22 wreaths, as well as 10 centerpieces, for the auction.
“This is such a huge collective effort by many different vendors,” Pierce said. “Every year we lose a few, but brand new merchants usually make up the difference.”
Ideas about responsible corporate citizenship are integral to the charity auction, contributors said.
“I think it’s important for us to do what we can to support the community,” said Kevin Rockett, general manager for TapeLenders.
Each year, the auction raises no less than $25,000, said Pierce. This year, the new Barneys New York store will join the regular Oak Lawn staples, such as TapeLenders and Shades of Grey.
“I just think it’s something we, as someone new to the market, wanted to get involved with, to meet the community and to help out with such a needy cause,” said Ken Foret, general manager of Barneys at NorthPark Center.
Founders Cottage can house six to seven clients. According to Grove, the residents are among the most critically ill HIV-positive people in Dallas.
The Round-Up Saloon originally got involved with the charity when one of its bartenders found care at Founders Cottage, according to Pierce.
“We were highly impressed by the degree of care and willingness to help so many people in need there,” he said. “It is our favorite charity. Even though AIDS is not as much on people’s minds now, it is still a threat.”
A few years ago, the Cottage received a grant to double the size of the facility, but was still short $18,000, said Grove. They wound up raising nearly $33,000, much more than was needed, according to Grove.
“It was a miracle it came through,” she said. “Of course, we’re hoping for another miracle this year.”
Round-Up Saloon is located at 3912 Cedar Springs Rd. Call 214-522-9611 for more information.
Visit www.legacycounseling.com to find out more about The Founders Cottage.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 15, 2006