In an effort to diversify funding, the United Way organizations of Washington County, Franklin County, Pa., the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Frederick, Md., are teaming up for the Tri-State Lives United Auction (unitedwayauctions.org).
The online auction works much like eBay, offering deals while raising funds for each of the United Way campaigns.
"The auction gives us an opportunity to do something a little different while reaching out even further to inspire people to get involved," said Leah Gayman, executive director of the United Way of Washington County.
"I feel very blessed to be part of a community who, year after year, steps up and gives back in a generous way. But this campaign is proving to be a challenging one, and that challenge requires us to think differently, try new things."
In addition to overnight getaways, plane rides and children's items, the auction will feature items such as a men's Rolex watch courtesy of R. Bruce Carson Jewelers in Hagerstown, and a spa and outdoor kitchen from Spa Warehouse in Hagerstown.