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New Antique & Design Center of High Point Celebrates Grand Opening

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The Antique and Design Center of High Point announced that it will open its doors to the trade for the first time at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010, with 55 exhibitors—37 of which are new to the High Point Market. To celebrate its Grand Opening, the Antique and Design Center will host an Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction benefiting Triad Health Project from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 15—the evening before Market officially opens.

The Antique and Design Center is located at 229 West Russell Avenue in High Point. All Market-goers and supporters of Triad Health Project are invited to attend.

Triad Health Project (THP), a nonprofit agency serving the needs of families and individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, is serving as the premier sponsor of the Gala, and will be the beneficiary of the Silent Auction. Virtually all Antique and Design Center exhibitors—as well as some businesses not taking part in Market—are donating fabulous, one-of-a-kind items to the Silent Auction, which will run from 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15, through 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20.

In addition to Triad Health Project, other Opening Night Gala sponsors include Grove Winery and Vineyards, Maria’s Gourmet Catering, Grateful Bread, and Swede Bread.

“Like the Antique and Design Center itself, this not-to-be-missed event will be unlike any other at High Point Market this Fall,” says Karen Luisana, managing director. “We believe it’s important for the Antique and Design Center to be supportive of our local High Point and Guilford County communities, and since several of our exhibitors have donated merchandise to Triad Health Project in the past, we realized that partnering with THP to help with its fight against HIV/AIDS made perfect sense. Our exhibitors generously answered the call and the items that have been donated are, quite simply, extraordinary.”

Silent auction items run the gamut—from exquisite antiques to high-end reproductions and from Americana to 18th-century English, French, Swedish and Chinese pieces, as well as glamorous jewelry and gift certificates to area businesses.

Among the auction highlights are an English, 19th-century grandfather clock with shell motif and hand-painted face, valued at $2500, donated by Luisana Designs; a one-of-a-kind octagonal wood mosaic inlay side table donated by Wunderley Inc., valued at $500; a pair of vintage French chalkware piano babies donated by Added Oomph, valued at $200; a Swedish Art Moderne open arm chair in Golden Elm valued at $1850, donated by Bjork Antikt; a pair of inlaid marble obelisks, valued at $1080, donated by Arcanum; late 1800’s American folk art faux bois planters valued at $450 donated by Tuesdays on the Boulevard; and a pair of Chinese porcelain ginger jars donated by Mayfair Antiques, valued at $750. Exhibitor Crawford DePrince is donating a four-strand jade necklace with silver, circa 1950's-60's, valued at $2500.

Bidders may take a chance on winning an item by noting the amount of their bid on a bid sheet and waiting until the Silent Auction closes on October 20 to find out if theirs is the winning bid; if they don’t want to wait until Wednesday, they may choose the “buy it now” option.

THP has strong ties to the High Point Market, whose exhibitors have supported the agency’s annual Designers Care home furnishings and accessories sale for four years.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Antique and Design Center’s Grand Opening,” says Addison Ore, Executive Director of Triad Health Project. “The High Point Market has been so generous to THP, enabling us to raise money so we can provide necessary services to our clients and to our community. We hope that our sponsorship of the Gala will underscore our commitment to the Market and everyone associated with it.”

Over the past four years, Triad Health Project’s Designers Care events have raised over $125,000, enabling the agency to deliver vital services to people infected—and affected—by HIV/AIDS. Using the funds raised at Designers Care 2010, THP provided:

• Case management services to more than 500 clients in Guilford County,
• Free and confidential HIV testing to nearly 600 people at non-traditional testing sites, and
• HIV prevention/education programming for more than 1,000 people at risk for HIV infection.
About the High Point Antique and Design Center:

The High Point Antique and Design Center is opening for Fall Market 2010 with one goal: To change the way Market-goers buy antiques at High Point Market. Some 37 of the Center’s 55 exhibitors are new to High Point this Market, and another dozen have not shown in High Point in as many as five Markets. Specializing in exquisite antiques, original works of art, handcrafted and repurposed objects and one-of-a-kind “finds,” exhibitors’ spaces will change throughout Market week as pieces are sold and replaced each day.

For more information about the Antique and Design Center of High Point, or to contact the extraordinary collection of exhibitors prior to Market, visit www.hpadc.com, or read the blog at www.highpointantiquecenter.blogspot.com. The Center will open to High Point Market visitors at 9 a.m. Friday, October 15th

About Triad Health Project: Triad Health Project (THP) is a volunteer-supported and community-based nonprofit that provides emotional and practical support to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, to their loved ones, and to those at risk for HIV/AIDS. THP educates those at risk and the community at large about HIV/AIDS, and advocates locally, regionally, and nationally for individuals and groups infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. THP is a proud member of both the United Way of Greater High Point and the United Way of Greater Greensboro. For more information, please visit http://www.triadhealthproject.com/.

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