Editor's note: The story has been updated to reflect the amount raised at the auction.
More than 120 items were up for auction to help raise money for a local elementary school teacher that touched so many lives in the Irmo community through art.
Supporters of Kim Sullivan, an art teacher at Ballentine Elementary School who is battling cancer, were able to bid on items such as jewelry, gift baskets and certificates, and original artwork during the HeARTs and Hands Together Silent Auction Friday.
The event, which was held at Our Hands Together Artisan Market in Irmo, featured games, music and a tae kwon do demonstration from students at U.S. Tae Kwon Do Academy.
Sarah Newman-Norlund, who volunteered in Sullivan's class, said she wanted to do something to help Sullivan after learning she wouldn't be able to return to school.
"She has an amazing energy about her in the classroom," Newman-Norlund said. "She came in there even when she wasn’t feeling well and just inspired those kids. I really think that she changes people’s lives."
Newman-Norlund said she is amazed by the support from community members and local businesses.
"It started out so small," she said. "I asked a couple of places that I go to all the time to see if they wanted to donate something and their immediate response was ‘yes ,we’ll do it.’
"It's been awesome."
Support for Sullivan has come from all over including her fellow teachers at Ballentine Elementary to Sheri Hood, owner of Our Hands Together, who hosted the event.
All of the proceeds from the silent auction goes to Sullivan. A little more than $1,700 was raised at the auction.
In addition to the proceeds from the auction, Hood said she is donating 5 percent of all sales for the month of May.