Chair Affair

A scene from last year's Chair Affair benefit auction.

THREE OAKS — The Second Annual Chair Affair benefit for Neighbor by Neighbor will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Froehlich’s new space in downtown Three Oaks in the 19 North Elm upstairs party space.

The Chair Affair will feature one-of-a-kind chairs, footstools, benches and stools which will be sold via live auction and silent auction. Appetizers, cake and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price of $25 for one ticket, $20 each for 2 or more. There will be a cash bar.

A number of chairs are works in progress with themes like Under the Sea, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Notre Dame, the solar system and a doll’s tea party. Hand-made specialty chairs will be included from Hearthwoods and the Fredman Design Group. Pink Lemon Studio has something amazing in the works. Some chairs are for adults and others for children, and some are intended for outdoor use while others are strictly indoors. There is something for everyone!

Neighbor by Neighbor is in its second year of operation and is a program that links residents of Harbor Country (Chikaming, New Buffalo & Three Oaks Townships) with resources and services, most of which are located in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area.  Stephanie Rutherford works full time as the Resource & Referral Specialist and she has regular hours at the New Buffalo Library, Three Oaks Emergency Food Pantry, and Harbert Community Church. She is also available by appointment to meet people in convenient public spaces. The most typical requests for help are for rent & utility assistance, but other requests include finding at home care for elderly, getting connected to a substance abuse program, and pointing people to area food pantries. To contact Stephanie, call 269-231-0648 or email her at; the program website is and the Facebook address is @nbynharborcountry.

Tickets for the Chair Affair gala must be purchased in advance for the sake of the restaurant staff preparing a delightful array of appetizers (including vegetarian friendly). To purchase tickets, contact Neighbor by Neighbor at (269) 231-0648, Harbert Community Church at (269) 426-4321, or Linnea Berg at (248) 990-4685. Neighbor by Neighbor is a program sponsored by Harbert Community Church and is primarily funded by a grant from The Pokagon Fund.

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