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Gala raises $61,500 for American Cancer Society

April 25, 2010

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Approximately $61,500 was raised Saturday for the 29th annual Gala Auction benefiting the American Cancer Society, event chairwoman Jill Kessler said Sunday.

"We did really well last night with (auctioned items) and the cash donations," Kessler said.

A two-story fort playhouse donated by GRC General Contractors sold for $1,350. A quilt and pillow shams set fetched $1,100, a dog quilt made by Summitview Elementary School first-graders brought in $400, and a week-long vacation in Ocean City, Md., sold for $500.

A basketball autographed by the Duke University men's basketball team sold for $320.

"Of course the sports tickets always go well," Kessler said, saying Redskins vs. Eagles tickets sold for $350 and Penn State University ones for $625.

On the auction block were three different cabin rentals, one of which sold for $330.

For 2011, the event's new name will be Waynesboro Area Gala Cancer Auction. Lawyer Jeff Evans donated his time to register the name with federal authorities.

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Kessler said this means checks for 2011 should be made to WAGCA or Waynesboro Area Gala Cancer Auction, instead of to the American Cancer Society directly.

"Nothing is going to change. Everything is going to be donated to the American Cancer Society and be tax-deductible," Kessler said.

For more information about the annual auction, go to http://www.wagca.org.

-- Jennifer Fitch

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