Community United adds more auction items to benefit victims’ families

Grace Beahm/Staff

Next week’s Charleston Place fundraiser for families of the Emanuel AME victims is continuing to garner silent auction donations, including a package featuring dinners at 52 Charleston restaurants.

A Community United is the local food-and-beverage industry’s response to the massacre. Tickets to the July 9 gala are priced at $200, but supporters are also invited to back the cause by placing online bids for items such as a restored 1968 Dodge pick-up and a Tuscany vacation.

New additions to the list of available food-themed experiences include a two-person “Dine for a Year,” in which “52 restaurants will invite you to choose one of them each week for a year”; a barbecue for 50 prepared by chef Sean Brock and farmer Tank Jackson and an Aspen Food & Wine Classic package, including airfare and tickets.

All proceeds from the events will be evenly divided among the nine families. Organizers will also provide a financial adviser to help recipients manage the funds.

For more information or to register for the auction, visit

The auction begins on Friday.