Friday, October 28, 2011

Paper Clip Becomes Charity Auction Item

How did a paper clip become a valuable, $1660 antique French footstool? And how did that footstool turn into a life-saving charitable gift? Through kindness, of course!

Here’s how it all started… The Networks of 11 Alive employ an outside sales training organization to help the sales people become confident and brave. The trainer gave each team of sales people a simple challenge as he handed them a small paper clip. The challenge? Go outside the station and meet with people you don’t know. Try to trade the paper clip for something of greater value, then take that item, go somewhere else, and trade it for something greater, and so on.

Two and a half hours later, one team came back with an amazing story.

The team consisted of Steve Pumillo, Amber Guyton, and Cindy Setlock. They started out in the drizzling rain at 10 am and headed just down the street from the station. From there, it was a whirlwind of meeting one truly good person after another. Although none of these shop owner knew why they were doing it, they knew the reputation of 11 Alive, where we make “kindness cool” and they were willing to play the game.

Here’s how it happened:

1. The paper clip was exchanged at The Gables Midtown Apartment complex for a pencil.

2. The pencil was exchanged at the American Red Cross for a personal safety/first aid kit.

3. The Personal Safety/First Aid Kit was traded at Atlanta Water Gardens for a Christine Sibley ceramic sculpture entitled “Fire” with a retail value of $99.

4. The ceramic sculpture was traded at Lisa Thompson & Associates for a Waterford Crystal Lamp valued at $395.

5. The Waterford Crystal Lamp was traded at the Lamp Shoppe for an intricately carved Piano Leg Lamp valued at $495.

6. The carved Piano Leg Lamp was traded Edgar Reeves (correction) for an antique French pastel portrait valued at $1200.

7. The antique French Pastel portrait was traded at Roebuck & Company for the $1660 antique footstool.

The outside sales trainer from Indianapolis was shocked by the kindness of these Atlanta shop owners! Of course, here at 11 Alive, we immediately started thinking about how we could continue the chain of kindness. We want to do something really cool with the footstool.

The beautiful footstool will be auctioned off for charity to benefit Senior Citizens Services of Metropolitan Atlanta for their Meals On Wheels Atlanta program at their A Meal to Remember Event for 2011 to be held on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at The St. Regis Atlanta. For more information on the event or specifically the auction, contact Steve Hargrove,

Here are the details on the Bench/Footstool:

The Bench is a French Faux Bamboo Walnut Bench in the Empire Style with a saddle shaped seat with a turned stretcher and having elaborately turned finials – with upwardly turned bamboo feet. France. 1st Half 20th Century. Height: 14 Inches; Width: 19 ½ Inches; Depth 14 Inches. Retail Value: $1,660

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