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Gala Auction has something for everyone

April 19, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Gala Auction in Waynesboro is marking its silver anniversary by again auctioning items to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The catalog for the silent and live auctions has 13 pages of donated items, including vacation packages, that will be made available to bidders Saturday, April 29.

"We usually have a nice array of items. There's something there for everybody. We like that. Cancer affects everybody," said Denise Beck, a member of the steering committee.

In its 25 years, the Gala Auction has raised more than $1.3 million for the American Cancer Society. It has seen an increase in yearly proceeds from $1,000 at the first event to $66,000 in 2005, according to the auction catalog.

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"We're not the typical gala," Beck said. "We're kind of the total opposite."

She described the Gala Auction as a "bluejeans" kind of event that often extends to 10 or 10:30 p.m., relying on the services of 10 auctioneers.

The silent auction is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., with the spoken auction starting at 5:30 p.m. The event will again be held in a second-floor room of the Eagles Club on Main Street.

"It's very crowded. It's standing-room only," Beck said.

Event organizers don't typically count the attendees but average 230 bidder cards. There is no charge for admission, she said.

Food will be served, including hot dogs, roast beef sandwiches and steamers. The junior committee will be selling baked goods.

The junior committee is comprised of about 20 young people who solicit donations from celebrities.

"Back in December we wrote letters ... to celebrities. Hopefully the celebrities send stuff back," Chairman Dustin Hollingsworth, 16, said.

The group received autographed photographs from longtime Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno and former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steve Blass, who also signed a baseball for the Gala Auction.

"All the money we raise goes to a good cause. It's a disease they can't find a cure for and we need one for," Dustin said.

For more information about the Gala Auction, call Beck at 717-762-0285. Cash donations can be sent to ACS Auction, P.O. Box 244, Waynesboro, PA. 17268.




If you go ...



What: 25th annual Gala Auction to benefit the American Cancer Society

When: Saturday, April 29 starting at 4 p.m.

Where: Waynesboro Elks Club on Main Street

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