Readers of this Web site may recall that Parker Ferguson Furniture played a role in Elton’s December concert in Wellington, by furnishing the backstage area at the concert venue – the capital city’s waterfront stadium.
Following the hugely successful event – the only New Zealand date on his Southern Hemisphere tour as well as the entertainer’s first visit to New Zealand in 18 years – the furniture came back to the store and went on display in a silent auction in aid of the Wellington Free Ambulance service. (Wellington is the only city in the country to be gifted with an ambulance service that is completely free to the patient.)
From Sir Elton’s own suite were Italian sofas and chair covered in creamy/natural linen-weave fabric – lamps, occasional tables, rugs and ottoman.
The band and crew enjoyed deep, comfortable -styled sofas in dark brown natural leather along with contemporary-styled sofas and chairs in black leather. All the furniture supplied was designed and made in Italy.
The silent auction ran Saturday to Sunday in Parker Ferguson‘s Thorndon Quay store and attracted a good crowd of bidders and fans.
All profits over the reserve on each lot went to the Wellington Free Ambulance to be put toward the purchase of a new vehicle for the fleet. The auction augmented the fund by some NZ $4000.
Managing Director Michael Parker told EJW his company was delighted both to have played a part in the success of the legend’s visit, and to have had the opportunity of supporting a valued community service.