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Header with date 2014We are very excited for our upcoming 27th Annual Holiday Auction, which will be on Sunday, November 23, at the Sheraton. Our offices are overflowing with unique auction items that will be up for bid next Sunday — check out our auction page for a sneak preview of select items. With a silent and live auction, live music, dinner, our signature dessert auction, and more, it’s going to be a lot of fun — and all for a great cause.

In addition to all the usual excitement, this Auction falls during our 40th anniversary. We have a few surprises up our sleeves to commemorate 40 years of providing help, hope, and healing in our community: We will unveil special artwork commissioned by Durham artist and activist Franco, and we will debut an amazingly beautiful and inspiring video by Ora about the work we do.

We also can’t wait to meet this year’s Auction guests! New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah Dessen will be our keynote speaker, Ron Stutts of WCHL’s Morning Show will be our auctioneer, and Matt Phillips will provide live music. Read below for more information about our guests, and visit our auction page to purchase admission tickets and enter our drawing to win A Night on the Town.

Sarah Dessen – Keynote Speaker

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Sarah Dessen is the author of eleven books for young adults, including This Lullaby, Just Listen, and the The Moon and More. She grew up in Chapel Hill, attended UNC-CH, and lives outside Carrboro with her husband, daughter, dogs and lots of chickens. Her newest novel, Saint Anything, will be released in 2015.

Ron Stutts, WCHL – Auctioneer

In his 35 years with WCHL, Ron has truly become the voice of the town. Every weekday morning, he brings listeners the community’s news of the day, along with a little fun.

Matt Phillips – Live Music

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Matt Phillips is an artist who strives to make music people can get behind. With folk and soul roots as deep as the cracks in his weathered acoustic, Matt plays rock ‘n’ roll-inspired folk, pop, and jazz. Whether he’s leading a 7-piece band with a huge, sly-jazzy sound or just flying solo with nothing more than his voice, guitar, and the occasional harmonica solo – you can’t help but bob your head along.


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