An art and sports memorabilia auction has brought the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club some $10,000 closer to its goal of building a county park in Denver.
The auction, held Nov. 14, featured art provided by Lake Norman Frameworks and sports memorabilia provided by Sports and More.
A silent auction and raffle augmented income from the auction, and all refreshments were donated, meaning more money could go to the park project, according to Matt Motteler, chairman of the club's community service team, which handled the auction.
The park is a joint effort of the Rotary, Lincoln County and the old East Lincoln Rescue Squad, which ceased to do business in June.
Through a land swap and the possible sale of the rescue squad's land on N.C. 16 involving all three entities, Rotary will develop and manage the park on 32 acres on Galway Lane, near Lincoln Charter School's high school. It tentatively will be known as East Lincoln Rescue Park.
Initial plans call for baseball and softball fields, one large or two small playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails, a gazebo with a concession stand and restrooms, a nine-hole disc golf course and an option for a soccer field or an amphitheater.
The club has formed the Rotary Foundation to oversee the park, which has been in the planning stages only about six months.
The auction was the club's first fundraiser for the project.
"Everything is going to the foundation," Motteler said. "This is really kind of a first step in building the park."
The auction also was designed to help promote interests in the community.
Past auctions have been conducted by a professional art auction company from outside the state. This year, all items came from local companies and donors, and auctioneer Mike Milholland volunteered his time.
Several works offered during the auction were created by local artists, including Anita McIntosh and Dot Davis.
Others were prints by artists such as Cotton Ketchie, Bob Timberlake and Thomas Kinkade.
"Everything's supporting the local community," Motteler said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to do that again in the future."
For information on the proposed park, visit www.denverlakenormanrotary.com.