DSI craft fair, silent auction ends Saturday

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Volunteers Ruth and William Muzzey with the Clemson doghouse.

The Dorchester Senior Inc. annual silent auction and craft fair is this week, with the fair to be held Saturday, Nov. 10. With a wide variety of items to choose from the event should offer something for everyone, say organizers.  
“Community generosity has flowed; numerous Dorchester County and surrounding area businesses have shown their support by donation of gift certificates to their establishments or by sponsorship of the event,” DSI Director Jean Ott said. “Between individual donations from members and those of the supporting businesses we have over 500 items up for auction.”  
Each year DSI tries to have a feature item, this year they have two; that is two custom designed doghouses. One is decked out in “Carolina Gamecock” motif the other is of Clemson décor.
The Summerville center halls are lined by tables of gift baskets, costume and vintage jewelry, attic treasures and collectables, sports fan items, and gifts of relaxation. They have spa packages for the husband looking for the perfect gift of relaxation for his wife, golf packages for here and Myrtle Beach, gifts for children, gifts for mom and dad, gifts for just about everyone on your shopping list, and what they don't have at the auction, they are confident you will be able to find at one of 30 plus crafter tables on Saturday.
And as if all of that wasn’t enough, they will also have delicious edible treats available for gifting or enjoying, at the bake sale, Ott noted.   
“Without the support of businesses within the community, as well as the members of the community, we could not have this annual event,” noted Robert Ford, Chairman of Dorchester Seniors, Inc. Board of Directors. “With each year the support has grown and for that I am both thankful and appreciative. The board is thankful and appreciative. The staff and seniors are thankful and appreciative.”   
All proceeds from the Silent Auction and Craft Fair benefit the numerous community projects initiated by DSI, Inc., at both the St. George and Summerville locations. DSI is a not-for-profit organization and relies heavily upon this fundraiser as well as grants and community donations to fund their Congregate and Home Delivered Meals Programs, as well as the Home Care Program and Center Operations. Last year DSI served over 90,000 meals between the congregate meal program and the home delivered meals program. The organization also provided close to 10,000 hours of in-home services in 2011 and the volunteer core is over 200 strong.
DSI's Annual Silent Auction and Craft Fair is being held at the Faith Sellers Senior Center in Summerville. The Silent Auction will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m., in conjunction with the Craft Fair, Bake Sale. The public is invited.

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