Art of Healing Online Auction Event Begins Wednesday


LAUREL, Mississippi (WDAM) – The South Central Health Care Foundation’s annual healing art auction has been moved to an online art and gift auction only due to the COVID pandemic- 19.

Becky Collins, Executive Director of the South Central Health Care Foundation, talks about what usually happens at the auction and how popular it is with the community.

“The Art of Healing, which takes place in March each year, has become one of the community’s most anticipated events with over 400 people in attendance each year,” Collins said. In recent years, the event has featured an online auction through Greater Giving, which allows attendees to bid on items on their iPhone or iPad while socializing with others at the event. The highlight of the evening is dinner and dancing to the music of one of the best bands in the South – Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster.

Collins said event organizers for The Art of Healing made the decision to postpone the event to Saturday, July 11, 2020, hoping the coronavirus pandemic would abate and a large group of people could come together in again in midsummer.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Jones County and around the Pine Belt, the planning team has decided to cancel the event for 2020.

“I hope that will be behind us by 2021 and that we can once again host The Art of Healing at The Gables,” Collins said.

Using technology, a solution was put in place to help support the South Central Health Care Foundation.

Collins explains that since the cancellation of the main social event, the Art of Healing auction will be online only and open to the public.

Users can visit here, click on ‘Art of Healing Auction’, click on start bidding, enter your registration information and start browsing the site. The auction will open for auction on Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Guests can place bids from their cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer and will be notified if they have been outbid so they can place another bid or set a “maximum bid”.

“It’s a great way to showcase the work of local artists and those from across the country who have contributed to the event. We are delighted to open this auction to anyone who wishes to participate, ”said Collins.

The Art of Healing 2020 online auction collection will include the following items:

  • Acrylic paints
  • Handmade jewelry
  • Pottery
  • A holiday stay
  • Technique Mixte
  • Watercolor paintings
  • A hand carved knife
  • Stained glass
  • Photography
  • Event tickets
  • Art classes
  • Cosmetic services
  • The Woodcraft
  • Retail Gift Certificates
  • And more…

All ticket purchases for the Art of Healing 2020 event will be refunded.

“We encourage our community to visit our website or Facebook event pages: Art of Healing or South Central Regional Medical Center. We will be sharing more information about the online auction daily, ”Collins said.

Please contact the South Central Health Care Foundation office at (601) 399-0503 if you have any questions regarding the event.

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