IFDA Florida held it’s inaugural Take A Seat Charity Auction on October 11, 2014 in the beautiful Sculpture Garden of the Boca Museum of Art.  In planning our event our TAS Committee had much work to do, including a meeting at the musuem.

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Some of our TAS Committee pose beneath a giant painting by artist Magnus Sodamin in the museum.  Seen above are President Caroline Rogow, Lynn Sciarrone, Jeanne Coppers, Beverly Stewart, Vicki Kirsner and Michael Alexander.  

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President Caroline Rogow, Member and Auctioneer Michael Alexander and event hostess Carla Blancas.

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Guests enjoyed good food, wine and our signature cocktail “The Unsung Hero”.  Approaching the camera is Jeff Rogow, Chair Designer and husband of our Chapter President Caroline Rogow.

The day of the Gala Auction was bright and sunny, a good thing because our event was outside!  The chairs were delivered by some of the staff from one of our Patrons, Capitol Lighting, and set in place among the other works of art.

Thank you Capitol Lighting for your support of our  Take a Seat event and all you do for IFDA all year long.

Member Carol Teti Keesler chats with her husband Bob and friend, Roberta Kjelgaard, Director of Development at The Boca Museum of Art.  Auctioneer and member Michael Alexander surveys the chairs where anxious bidders will sit and the welcoming committee greet guest as they enter the sculpture garden.

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Thank you to everyone who donated to our Silent Auction. Bidding was active, particularly on the Marilyn Monroe prints!

Everyone had such a good time, like chapter past President Beverly Stewart seen on the left.

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Guests Dawn Goldy, on the left, and friend are getting ready to raise their paddles to bid on their favorite chair.

Member Marsha Koch shares a fun moment with member Elizabeth Zecca and her children.

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Guests Teresa Gottes and her husband David join member Lynn Sciarrone in the fun.

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Guests Julia Tirella, Auctioneer and member Michael Alexander, event hostess Carla Blancas, Virginia Taylor and Mario Fauret pose for the camera before the festivities begin.

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       The chairs all looked spectacular displayed with the Museum’s beautiful sculpture.

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“The Elisa Francesca Chair” contributed by artist Andres Conde and Interior Designer Aleksander Alembert was an bidder favorite. Habitat for Humanity Veteran Build is the beneficiary of our fundraiser.  Mike Campbell gave us insight to all that they do and how they choose a family for one of their houses.  In addition to building new homes Habitat also renovates and repairs existing homes.

Mike Campbell, President of Habitat for Humanity introduced a veteran and his wife who were recipients of the efforts of their Veteran Build Affiliate.

At the end of the event some proud new chair owners posed with their winning bids.

Lucky for this winning bidder Ayden Fairbrother, his chair was small enough to fit in his car. This charming little chair was created out of wine corks by Jeffrey Rogow.  He titled it “Whine Not-Weeny Winer”.

The IFDA Florida Chapter is thrilled to have been a part of this signature charity event.  Through the efforts of so many talented artists and designers and the support of our generous Patrons we are going to be able to make a very nice donation to help our veterans and their families through Habitat for Humanity.  Thanks to all who made this happen.