Skylift chairs donated for auction

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) --

If you wondered what happened to the old chairs from the Gatlinburg Skylift, they were donated to charity.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains has a few of the chairs they plan to auction off. Officials presented a model that shows an example of what can be done for your backyard.

"This particular one is sort of the display model to show you what is possible, one of the options to make it your own. Some people may just want a chair, others want it all framed in but there will be several different options," said Mark Ross with the club.

Ross says many people asked what happened to the chairs. He hopes that curiosity leads to big money during their fundraiser next month.

"There's a lot of memories out there. Gatlinburg being one of the wedding capitals of the United States. A lot of people have fond memories of riding the chair lift with their girlfriend, or their whatever. So it's a great opportunity for us."

People can view the chairs online at the Boys and Girls Club website and bid in a silent auction. The chairs will also be featured in a live auction at the fundraiser at the Holiday Inn in Pigeon Forge on May 23. The steak and burger dinner event will start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. Tables are $1,000.