Festiva Hospitality Group is proud to announce that our 8th Annual Holiday Charity Auction held Thursday December 8th at Festiva’s headquarters in Asheville was a huge success. Festiva employees once again worked together to donate more than 250 items, and raised a record-breaking total of $17,950.
All proceeds from Festiva’s auction go to the Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministries (ABCCM) to benefit the children of families that are struggling as so many are during this holiday season. This year, the ABCCM focused on helping military families in the Asheville area.
“We’re so thrilled that we can help more families than ever this year,” said Sabrina Green, Festiva’s Contracts Supervisor and head of the auction committee. “This event is always heartwarming as it shows how willing our employees are to help those in need, and we are especially blessed that we can do so while the economy is difficult for many.”
Festiva would like to extend sincere gratitude to several area businesses who contributed to our auction with their generous donations including: Pepsi Co., Asheville Choral Society, Mona Lisa Food Products, The Star Group Company, Commercial Concepts, Asheville Furniture Showcase, Bouchon, Cloud Surfer Web Consultant Services, Coca-Cola and Budweiser.
This year, some donated items were selected to be part of a silent auction or raffle and were displayed two days prior to the live auction. These items brought in more than $700 before the live auction began.
As a result of the auction, Festiva sponsored 11 families and purchased $10,000 in other toys for ABCCM. With new families signing up each month that have never needed assistance before, the ABCCM needs help from the community more than ever this year. Festiva employees also shopped for the families and toys and delivered everything to the charity on December 15.
Festiva’s Auction Committee, which includes employees from nearly every department in our corporate office, begins planning the event in October of each year. Employees in the corporate office donate the items which include gift baskets, hand-crafted items, gourmet or homemade foods, gift certificates and many other items donated by both individuals and local businesses.
Businesses who donate items are often invited to the auction, as are Festiva employees’ families. Several employees from various Festiva resorts and other offices also participate by donating items or attending the auction. Festiva’s Senior Vice President of Sales Rich Hartnett and Regional Sales Director Michael Stacey travel from South Carolina to showcase their sales talents as auctioneers for the event.