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Doors of Hope ‘Summer Bounty’ Program This Saturday, Already Sold Out

11188255_754782821309887_4366875527445675189_nFor some people down on their luck, all it takes is a little bit of hope to get them back on their feet again.

That’s why Doors of Hope Transition Ministries is hosting its third annual “Summer Bounty” program Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Powerhouse in Oxford. The event currently sold out, but potential guests may join a waiting list by calling (901) 413-7457.

Doors Croom photo Red Bud Morning July 20
This unique shot of Rowan Oak by Ed Croom will be auctioned at the Summer Bounty program on August 15.

The annual program raises funds to support the ministries’ various initiatives, which include rent-free shelter for four to six months to those who need temporary help to regain their self-sufficiency.

Doors of Hope Transition Ministries also provides employment assistance and financial, nutritional and educational counseling to clients facing homelessness or near-homelessness.

Doors English July 22
Chef Kelly English / Photo submitted

The program will feature lunch prepared by Oxford premier chef Kelly English and live and silent auctions on a collection of treasures only found in Oxford.

“Summer Bounty sponsors and donors have stepped up this year to make this third annual event bigger than ever,” said Doors of Hope Board Member Brenda West.

Auction items include original art, photographs and pottery pieces by local artists well as three vacation destinations, a football weekend in a cottage near the Square, numerous Oxford dining opportunities and much more.

Doors Wrenn Sorghum
Joe Wrenn’s Sorghum Season, oil on tin, will go to highest bidder at Summer Bounty auction on August 15. / Photo submitted

While enjoying lunch, guests will also view presentations by artist Matt Long and gardening tips by landscape architects Jenny Long and Damian Augsberger. John T. Edge will serve as master of ceremonies, and Ron Lewis will be the auctioneer.

For more information on the Summer Bounty Program, visit their website here.

List of auction items:

Artwork by ceramicists Ron Dale and Matt Long; painters Jere Allen, Janet Barnes, Jason Bouldin, William Dunlap, Rosie Vassallo, Carlyle Wolfe, Joe Wrenn; photographers John Cook, Tammy Oliver Cook, Edward M. Croom, Millie Moorhead West, David Wharton; sculptor William Beckwith; basket maker Mark Barnes

Doors Grisham House
Bid to win a vacation in the Appalachians at the foot of Roan Mountain in the oldest standing house in Bakersville, North Carolina, built in early 1870s. / Photo submitted

Vacation Lodging Oxford: Football weekend for two in cottage near the Square; Panama City, Florida: five days for eight at Aqua Resort Condo; Bakersville, North Carolina: week for eight at a historic mountain house; Cape May, New Jersey: week for six at historic seaside resort

Dining Opportunities: Oxford Treehouse Gallery, dinner for twenty; The Ravine, dinner for four; Wildrose Kennels, dinner for twenty; Chef Charles Owens, Sunday brunch for eight; Luisa Arico, cooking lesson; Local Restaurants: wine and dine certificates

Other Offerings: consultation with landscape architects; camp and riding lessons at Oak Hill Stables; weekend family pass to Goose Creek Club; tennis instruction by Billy Chadwick and Mike Bryan; six-month membership at SNAP Gym; “Dress Me” birthday party with author Sarah Frances Hardy; handmade quilt from Piecemakers; pet service from Homeward Bound; ironwork tool by Walter Neill; mirror with wooden frame on stand by Harry Sneed; day in Water Valley; wines from Chris Scott; items from Scott Beggs, Unique, Amelia’s and S&J

Beth Harmon is managing editor for HottyToddy.com. Email her at beth.harmon@hottytoddy.com

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