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Gala Auction to benefit cancer society

April 27, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The 26th annual Gala Auction in Waynesboro will be Saturday in the second-floor room of the Eagles Club on East Main Street.

In its history, the Gala Auction has raised nearly $1.4 million for the American Cancer Society.

The silent auction is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., with the oral auction starting at 5:30 p.m.

Some of the 125 items up for oral bidding this year include a security system, Hershey Spa package, an initial exam for orthodontics work and tickets for Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Washington Redskins games, chairwoman Jill Kessler said.

"Disney World has four one-day park hopper passes," Kessler said. "They're good until February 2009."

Brian and Katie Zak, members of the junior committee, were visiting the park and dropped off a letter at the office. Park officials called them back and donated the passes, Kessler said.

Other trips in the catalog for bidding include winery tours and a trip to the Pocono Mountains.

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The theme of the 2007 auction is "We've Got Spirit," which is a reminder of the "Spirit of the American Cancer Society" award bestowed on local organizers late last year.

"We had no idea it was coming," Kessler said. "It was sent to the Chambersburg cancer society office, and they forwarded it down to us."

Kessler expects about 400 people to stop in at the auction, where food will be served.

"People are just so willing to donate every year, and it's become standard fare for the last Saturday in April," Kessler said. "People just look forward to it and know the money goes to the American Cancer Society, staying in the county."

For more information about the auction or to view the catalog, go to www.acsauction.org.

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