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AAUW Book Sale Collects Record Amount – Brevard, NC


July 18, 2019

Once again, local residents and visitors demonstrated their support for the educational goals of girls and women in Transylvania County by purchasing more than 25,000 books to provide over $32,000 in AAUW scholarship funds.

The American Association of University Women is grateful to every person who came to the sale, who made a purchase, and who helped spread the word about AAUW’s mission to support academic success and leadership development for women and girls in the county’s colleges, high schools, and middle and elementary schools.

The 2019 sale was AAUW’s 50th Anniversary of the Book Sale and was dedicated to the memory of Carol Elliott, who was a key player in the success of the event for 11 years before her death in January 2019. This year’s sale raised more money and sold more books than in any of its previous 49 years of the annual event. While many people commented on the breadth of the effort to stage the annual sale, most are unaware of the actual person hours that go into making the book sale the largest and best in Western North Carolina, according to a press release.

The success of the 2019 sale is due to the following people and groups and AAUW thanks each one:

•The 100-plus volunteers who worked before, during and after the sale as greeters, cashiers, packers, and category organizers, giving more than 2,000 hours of service; and those who placed the yellow boxes at area sites and monitored them from January through June.

•The family members and friends of AAUW members who gave physical labor and helped with publicity and administrative tasks throughout the week.

•The businesses and other groups that allowed us to place the yellow boxes in their buildings:

•Bakeries and Cafes: Blue Ridge Bakery, Bracken Mountain Bakery and Cedar Mountain Café.

•Banks: Asheville Savings Bank, Entegra Bank, PNC Bank and United Community Bank.

•Churches: Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, Brevard First United Methodist Church, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church and the Unitarian-Universalists of Transylvania County

•Educational Institutions: Blue Ridge Community College Library and Brevard College’s Administration Building, Alumni House and Bookstore, Rosman High School

•Health/Beauty/Fitness: Bliss Salon, Brevard Health and Racquet Club, Brevard Yoga, Designers Hair Studio, The Fitness Factory, FYZICAL (formerly Perfect Balance Physical Therapy), Headlines, Healthy Harvest Natural Food, Transylvania County Parks and Recreation Center, Pisgah Hairitage, RPM Fitness (formerly Curves), Serenity Salon and Sherwood Forest golf course.

•Residential Communities: College Walk Retirement Community, Connestee Falls Library and Deerlake Village.

•Retail Stores: Highland Books, Lily T’s Clothing Company, Main Street Limited, Postage Express, Safe’s Attic and UPS Store.

•Supermarkets: Bi-Lo, Food Lion, Food Matters, Ingles, Sav-Mor.

Other Locations: Transylvania County Arts Council, Lake Toxaway Post Office, Creekside Market and UpCountry Brewing.

•Purcell Realty for the loan of a truck and to Margaret Hunt for the use of her window for display.

The AAUW credits the support of the people who own, manage or lead these establishments for helping make the 2019 Book Sale the most successful ever.

•The young people from the Schenck Job Corps for their arm and back labor, as well as their engaging, cheerful interactions with AAUW volunteers in setting up and taking down the tables and loading and unloading the books.

•Brevard College for continuing to provide the Boshamer Gymnasium space and the event contacts on campus.

•The Transylvania Times for publishing promotional ads and notices.

•AAUW Co-Chairs Kristen Alpert and Barbara Burkhart.


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