Final numbers are in and we’re proud to announce that Chair Affair raised $67,000. That’s an additional 268 family homes we can now furnish. This comes just in time to continue our efforts in supporting refugees establish new homes with dignity, comfort and stability including families coming over from Syria.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, designers, guests, auctioneers, volunteers and social media supporters for making the 2015 Chair Affair the biggest one yet!
Chair Affair Growth
Chair Affair on Twitter
— Cori Halpern (@CoriHalpern) October 31, 2015
— You Move Me (@YouMoveMeCo) October 31, 2015
— Moriah Bacus (@Moriah_Define) October 31, 2015
— Furniture Bank (@Furniture_Bank) October 31, 2015
— PARANDdesignCABINETS (@ParandDesign) November 3, 2015
— SOFA (@visitSOFA) October 30, 2015
— Toronto Home Shows (@HomeShowsTO) October 31, 2015
— Trevor Lui (@LuiSays) November 2, 2015
For this year’s Chair Affair silent auction bidders can participate from anywhere thanks to our mobile bidding sponsor Sunpan Modern Home. Whether you are joining us at Chair Affair on the 30th of October or can’t make it out, you can still bid on your favourite auction items thanks to Handbid’s mobile bidding app. You’ll also receive real-time updates and higher bid notifications that will keep you in the game.
It’s a simple 3 step process to download the Handbid app and start bidding!
Step 1: Download Handbid
Download the Handbid app on your smartphone from the Apple iTunes app store or the Google Play store. We strongly recommend that you “Accept Notification from this app” when you open it. This will allow you to get instant “Outbid” messages during the auction. No smartphone? Goto handbid.com to get started on your computer.
Step 2: Register
From the App home screen, tap on “Get Started” button and fill out the necessary information (please use your cell phone as the phone number) and tap NEXT.
Step 3: Find Chair Affair Auction
Search for ‘Chair Affair 2015’ to find our auction. When selected, you’ll be required to add your credit card details – you must enter this information to take part.
- iPhone user? Click here to download the Handbid mobile bidding app from the iTunes store.
- Android user? Click here to download the Handbid mobile bidding app from the Google Play store.
When you get into the Chair Affair 2015 auction swipe left and you’ll see our Mobile Bidding Sponsor’s logo, Sunpan Modern Home, on your screen. Click the Let’s Get Bidding button to access your dashboard.
- Access your main menu (see your profile, alerts, invoices, etc.)
- See a summary of your auction wins, losses and purchased items
- Swipe to see all the silent auction items by category
- See Your PADDLE ID for bidding – unique to you
- View your total amount of money due for auction items (if the auction ended right at that moment)
- See the auction items that you currently have the highest bid on
- See auction items that you are currently being outbid on
- View items that you purchased
Choosing is so hard every year…
We would love to live auction all of the Chair Affair submissions but no one wants to sit through a 4 hour auction. So as a committee we reflected on why we host Chair Affairs, and we’re trying to put the very best designs on auction to raise funds that will allow Furniture Bank to expand its daily charitable activities.
We wanted the public to have a voice in ensuring their favourites were in the live auction. Further to that we wanted to include the other designs we felt would most resonate with bidders, to maximize the funds raised at Chair Affair.
So the first 10 were chosen by a public vote, in the hopes these ones will draw the highest bids. The next 15 were determined by the Chair Affair Committee on the basis of the quality of the piece as well as the commitment designers showed to our cause and event. Things we took into consideration included how many Chair Affair’s designers have participated in, how many tickets they helped us sell this year, support promoting Chair Affair and volunteer time.
All of the designers will be featured at the event, with all their pieces provided the same gallery space for bidders to consider. We will allow bidders to access the event from their mobile phone as well – so every designer gets an opportunity to raise funds for the charity equally.
Below are photos of the 25 designs that will be in the Chair Affair live auction on the 30th of October at The International Centre. The rest will be available to bid on in our silent auction.
Live Auction Designs
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Believe us when we say, the chair is lighter than it looks…
After transporting the Twitter Canada chair in our executive director’s station wagon from Furniture Bank to City Hall (15 miles and 3 parking lot staircases later) the chair arrived safe and sound for its photo shoot. But this wasn’t your everyday shoot, this one featured City Councillor Norm Kelly or better known on Twitter as @norm.
Antoinette Plummer, Owner of Push Interiors, in collaboration with Twitter Canada brought a chair frame to life and created the first official Twitter Canada chair that will be up for auction at Chair Affair on the 30th of October at The International Centre. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Furniture Bank’s efforts to expand its service to meet the growing demand of refugees in need of furniture in the GTA.
Inspiration behind the Twitter Canada Chair:
“My Chair design is inspired by the weaving of lives through social media. The design is reflective of the way Twitter and the Furniture Bank helps to connect lives through their daily functionality. A velour white and woven fabric is used to tell a story of communication, connection, and the power of togetherness. The wooden legs of the chair were left with a natural finish to capture the organic roots of communication.”
-Antoinette Plummer, Push Interiors
@norm likes it!
— Norm Kelly (@norm) October 8, 2015
Join us at Chair Affair – 30th of October at The International Centre
Click on the Eventbrite logo and get your Chair Affair tickets today. Get 15% off your tickets by purchasing them before Thanksgiving Monday. Enter promotional code Thanksgiving on the Eventbrite page to receive discount.
We’re proud to announce that comedian and host Graham Chittenden will be our Chair Affair 2015 emcee!
also, if you don’t know about @Furniture_Bank (most of you don’t but should) it’s like a food bank for furniture. I was quite impressed.
— Graham Chittenden (@grahamchit) September 24, 2015
Have you seen (or heard) Graham before?
Graham is a familiar face at the Just For Laughs festival, on TV and radio in programs such as Match Game and CBC’s The Debaters, and has shared theatre stages with Gerry Dee, Andrea Martin, Howie Mandel, John Pinette, Bob Saget and more.
We’re so glad to have Graham on board and we’re inspired by how strongly he connects with our cause. It’s a perfect Cha(ir)atble match!