Nearly $40,000 raised in celebrity auction to support YWCA - WSMV Channel 4

Nearly $40,000 raised in celebrity auction to support YWCA

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The 30th Annual YWCA Celebrity Auction, hosted by country music legend Crystal Gayle, raised $38,000 to support the Weaver Domestic Violence Center.

Country music fans had the opportunity to bid on items donated by their favorite country music artists, including autographed guitars from Keith Urban, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum.

A signed, framed poster from the late Earl Scruggs caught the eye of a couple from Maryland who bid $1,100 for the legendary bluegrass musician's autograph.

A bright red, rhinestone-studded dress previously worn by Crystal Gayle fetched $2,000.

A signed print of the popular female trio Pistol Annie's brought in $1,000.

"We stumbled upon the auction eight years ago and have been coming back ever since," said Maria Sutton of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, whose daughter placed the winning bid for an autographed Sugarland guitar. "It's just a great event for a really great cause."

"This event is one of our largest fundraisers that sheds light on a chronic problem plaguing our communities," said YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee CEO Pat Shea. "One in four women are abused by their partner, and we are grateful to the country music community for its partnership and support in bringing this issue to the forefront."

"It's for a worthy cause, at the YWCA we have a domestic violence center, it helps a lot of women and children who need it," said Gayle.

The auction emcee was television personality and author Evan Farmer.

Special musical guests Julie Roberts, Ty Herndon, Anita Cochran and Canaan Smith joined Farmer on stage.

To close out the event, Crystal Gayle delighted the crowd with a performance of her award-winning single, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."

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