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GARY BUDZAK

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For the first time, Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers is partnering with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra League for an event called “Tavern Americana” at 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in the barn at 2690 Stratford Rd.

For $100, attendees will enjoy music, food and wine, as well as have an item appraised. There will also be a preview of the 53rd annual Thanksgiving Americana auction on Nov. 29. For more information on Tavern Americana, contact Deb Susi at 614-327-0721 or debsusi@gmail.com.

“It’s a fundraising opportunity for the League,” said Amelia Jeffers, President and Auctioneer at Garth’s. “A hundred percent of those proceeds go to them. We don’t rent out the barn for events, although we’re approached a lot about it. We donate the use of it and we donate our time to events that will raise money for organizations we care about. CSOL is one of those.”

The all-volunteer Columbus Symphony Orchestra League has raised more than $1.5 million for the symphony since 1981. Jeffers said a League member who was also a longtime Garth’s customer proposed “Partners at the Podium.”

“What we’re trying to do over the next year is partner with the volunteers at CSOL to take in donations or consignments of antiques and artwork, jewelry, sterling silver – anything that Garth’s would sell in our course of business,” Jeffers said. “Donors can dedicate a portion of their value to CSOL by percentage, and then Garth’s is donating a portion of our earnings from every consignment on behalf of CSOL back to the CSOL.

“We thought it was a great idea, and the symphony loved it as well,” Jeffers continued. “For us, it’s a great opportunity because the symphony is a community treasure, and they need all the funding support they can get. We also thought it was a unique take on fundraising. It’s hard for people to get the checkbook out these days, but if you have a painting that’s sitting on the wall, grandma’s jewelry that you never wear, our thought is folks might be a little more willing to consider parting with those kinds of things if it benefits an organization they love.”

The Thanksgiving Americana auction will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 29, with furniture folk art and decorative accessories from the 18th and 19th centuries, much of it from Cleveland, up for bidding.

“We take the items in all-year long, then everything will sell on Black Friday,” Jeffers said. “It will be in the room, but there will be bidders online, by phone and absentee.”

Jeffers said Garth’s is one of the 20 biggest second-tier auction houses in the country, just below larger houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

For more information on the auction, contact Garth’s at 740-362-4771 or www.garths.com.

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