HAGERSTOWN -- Jazz music drifted through the air as bidders made their way along tables offering items such as Persian rugs and pottery.
The silent auction Thursday night at the Hagerstown Hotel & Conference Center on Dual Highway was another fundraiser for the City of Hagerstown's Utility Relief Benefit Fund, which is money set aside to help people in need deal with heating costs.
Two benefit concerts over the last two years have raised money for the fund, and Thursday's silent auction offered more than 40 items to help raise more money.
Many of the items were donated from the Emral Shaool family and included oriental rugs. Bidders wrote their bids down on paper, and the highest bidders at the end of the evening for each item won the item.