The fundraiser was inspired by CowParadeNC, which placed 15 cows around UNC in 2012 to benefit the N.C. Children’s Hospital.
Chapel Hill resident Helen Figueroa said she probably would not bid on the goats because they were pricey, but she thought the event was beautiful.
“Really a huge thanks to all the artists that did all these goats, too, because they were in various areas of Chapel Hill for a while and they were at University Mall for a while,” Figueroa said.
“They went to downtown Chapel Hill. Then it came out to Pittsboro. They sort of placed them around for people to see.”
Each artist received the same fiberglass goat to start their project. They were allowed to pick a theme to paint onto the goats — some of which included Vincent van Gogh, elderly parents and the Old Well.
Prior to the auction, the goats were put on display around Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Pittsboro after making a debut at Festifall on Oct. 5.
Cindy Lucas and Sharon Barnes, two of the artists featured in the parade, picked the theme of Chapel Hill for their goat, titled Dogwoods and Diplomas.
Lucas said they worked on their goat for seven weeks, starting in August.
Her husband, Richard Lucas, said his wife wanted to see who would buy her goat and whether the goats would bring good prices for the senior citizens.
“I got to think any charitable cause can be well worth it, certainly in terms of increasing the numbers of aging Americans and the many needs that they have,” he said.
“So hopefully the money that will be raised by this auction will help contribute to them.”
Cindy Lucas said she wanted to see people who loved Chapel Hill and the University buy the goats.
“It is nice as an artist to have a chance to have people appreciate your work and to do something that helps others,” she said.