Erwin elephants nearly double in size and funds raised for 2020

Imagine waking up on snowy Christmas Day 2020 and seeing a 5-foot, brightly painted elephant in your yard.

It can happen, and it did for one lucky elephant lover.

The Coat of Many Colors elephant, along with seven other elephants of various designs, raised $35,000 in a silent bid auction Dec. 1, according to Jamie Rice, communications specialist for Erwin.

David Baines, of Elizabethton, surprised his wife, Mary, with the elephant of her dreams.

“In previous years we had maybe raised $12,000 to $16,000. In 2020 we raised $35,000,” Rice said. Bids ranged from $1,700 to $12,000 for the statues last year.

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