Conscious Party: An auction for a neighbor in need

Photo by Michael McDonald

WHAT: Benefit auction for local resident Chris Spurrier

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m

WHERE: New Life Community Church, 1417 Riverside Drive

WHY: Buncombe County native Chris Spurrier was paralyzed in a car accident during his junior year of high school. Through extensive physical rehabilitation, he regained the use of his arms but remains paralyzed from the chest down. Since graduating in 2011 from Western Carolina University with a Master of Arts in School Counseling, Spurrier pursued employment in the counseling field and volunteered with at-risk youth in the county.

“In high school my opportunities for mischief broadened and came with greater consequences,” Spurrier says. “I want to be able to give back by working with at- risk youth because I can see where they’re coming from and where they might end up.”

In order to continue his work in Western North Carolina, Spurrier needs to purchase a specially modified van, as the 19-year-old van he previously drove no longer meets regulation standards. To help offset the cost of a new vehicle, Eblen Charities is sponsoring an auction that will include gift certificates to local establishments and a variety of local art and appliances. All proceeds will benefit Spurrier’s van fund.

“It’s hard to express how much I appreciate the generosity of people,” Spurrier says. “I knew my van was going to expire, and I dreaded that day. A new van would be a bridge in my life to help me continue to volunteer and work.”

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at The event is free to attend. — Michael McDonald

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