The Agigaue Women’s Club annual main fundraising event will be held on Nov. 15. A silent and live auction will take place at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. David Smith will be the auctioneer. Early tickets, available at the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and Blount Realty, are $25. Tickets will be sold at the door for $30.
Several businesses and individuals donate items to be auctioned off, and the members of the club give three items to be auctioned. These items could be an item someone bought or made.
“All the money that is generated is given back to the community, every penny of it,” said Agigaue member Marla Smith.
The club is an Oneonta-based service organization with approximately 20 members. It was chartered by Amilea Porter in 1975 with the Agigaue pledge from Helen Chaney Kimberly stating, “I pledge my loyalty to the Agigaue Clubwomen. By doing better than ever before what work I have to do: By being prompt, honest, courteous. By living each day, trying to accomplish something, not merely to exist.”
Agigaue means “beloved woman” in Cherokee, and each year the members of the club elect a beloved woman. This year, that honor goes to Gail Bellew.
The club advocates numerous organizations including their support with the county-wide Special Olympics, bringing the Birmingham Children’s Theater to Oneonta Elementary for two performances, and providing scholarships to Oneonta High School seniors, just to name a few.