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Storage Wars: A Win-Win Fundraiser for Gulfstream Goodwill Industries

Gulfstream Goodwill Industries hosted an electrifying fundraising version of A&E’s Storage Wars on November 7. Designer-decorated storage bays were bursting with upscale items from 28 Goodwill Stores in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties. STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage donated the large storage bays along with their lavish event facility, which resembles a posh hotel rather than a storage building.

More than 275 guests attended, enjoying ample food tastings provided by Vic & Angelo’s, Rocco’s Tacos, Prosecco Café, Spoto’s Oyster Bar, and TooJay’s. A DJ kept the crowd entertained while they dashed between bidding on the silent auction that featured more than 45 items, the Trinkets, Treasures, and Tux sale area, and the fabulously outfitted storage bays.

“$torage War$ was a first-year event for Gulfstream Goodwill, and a tremendous success, netting almost $14,000 in one evening,” said Marvin Tanck, president and CEO of Gulfstream Goodwill. “The event’s unique concept resulted in a charged atmosphere, where guests enthusiastically embraced the upscale merchandise that can be found at our retail stores at a great value,” said Tanck.

Guests excitedly placed competing bids, with an animated momentum building to frantic in the last few minutes of the bidding. The elegant dining storage bay featuring a vintage Florida bamboo dining set, a white, silver-rimmed, 12-piece place setting, wineglass, silverware, artwork, crystal cases, silver trays, and an enchanting assortment of silver candleholders and serving pieces, tied for the winning bid. It sold for $1,100, along with the DIY storage unit that boasted brand-new home renovation décor that included cabinet sinks, towel holders, ceiling fans, two bathtubs, track lighting, tools, miniblinds, and an outdoor storage shed. The rich and classically decorated home office storage unit, complete with a Dell computer, a mahogany desk, a bookshelf, and a sidebar table that showcased a humidor, sold for $1,050. The themed outdoor home and garden storage bay went for $950, and the holiday wonder storage unit sold for a bargain at $600.

In the spirit of charitable generosity, many items in the silent auction sold for more than the face value. Guests scored weekend getaways, opulent gift baskets, restaurant certificates, shopping gift cards, and tickets to special events, game playoffs, cultural attractions, and more.

“The success of the event is due to the tremendous efforts of so many people who devoted hours of their time to make sure no detail was overlooked. Add to their efforts the incredible venue and support provided by STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage, and it is easy to see how this first-year event exceeded our fundraising goal,” said Iva Grady, director of development for Gulfstream Goodwill Industries.

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