6/7/2014 8:08 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Friday night's auction of dozens of handmade, painted chairs brought in thousands of dollars for women and girls who depend on the state's largest shelter.
The fifth annual auction for the Women's Resource Center netted $17,000. The priciest item was a Jerry West chair sponsored by Alliance Consulting.
In previous years, the organization has raised as much as $30,000, and although numbers were down this year, turnout was up.
Dee Sizemore with the Resource Center said she's always thrilled to see the excitement of the artists. Several of those who return every year told Sizemore they're already planning what to paint for 2015.