Eight young professionals' organizations from Columbia and Lexington, South Carolina, collaborated on April 16 for the second Time for Art, a silent auction where bidding is for volunteer hours instead of dollars.
United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society (YLLS) and Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) hosted the auction where bidders chose from 45 pieces of art donated by local and regional artists. In all, 3,169 hours were pledged.
“The volunteer hours raised are worth $65,154.64 based on the value of volunteer time in South Carolina,” YLS member Katie Bullard said. “This event is a perfect way to expose young professionals to the arts community while identifying ways they can give back and serve the Midlands.”
Winning bidders can work their hours at any nonprofit throughout the Midlands, and have until March 1, 2016 to fulfill their pledge. Awards were given to artists in three categories, and winners included Most Hours Bid with 180 hours for “Hallucinogenic Idealism” by Alexandra White, second place with 170 hours for “Magnolia” by Mary Catherine Newman, and third place with 160 hours for “Flood Tide” by Darra Cothran.
The Young Professionals Award went to “Voo Doo Child” by Heather Jeter, and the Aflac Award was won by Cothran's “Flood Tide."
“Contributing artists can be proud that their work not only brings joy to the auction winners, but also benefits local nonprofits throughout the year as winners work to complete their volunteer hours,” COR member Naomi Sargent said.