So they bought unfinished chairs from Land for under wholesale and sold them to anyone who wanted to enter the contest for $25 (which the Marklins donated to Relay). They got the Davie County Arts Council involved and locals stepped up and created 18 expressions of art that were auctioned off and raised $986 for Relay.For the upcoming Relay, they've done the same thing. This time, individuals or teams painted 22 chairs (see above photo). One chair tells the history of Davie County. One's an Hawaiian luau. On another, a mother has decoupaged the Boy Scout merit badges earned by her soon-to-be Eagle Scout son. Still another has the head of a lion painted on the slats. A cancer group painted one chair brown with a pink ribbon.
They call the contest "Chair for Life" and put it up to a "people's choice" vote, displaying all the chairs at the Brock Performing Arts Center, a converted high school. More than 300 voted for the top three.
Those who entered the contest could keep their chair, or donate it for the silent auction. All but two will be auctioned the night of Mocksville's Relay for Life.
"The Relay is a beautiful thing," said Sidniee Suggs, the arts council's executive director. "These chairs are so important to the event; they show the compassion that so many people have for the cause. It was quite astonishing to see how they turned out."