Pa. auction benefits Cancer Society

April 25, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • This jersey signed by all Washington Capitals team members is one of more than 119 items being auctioned Saturday in Waynesboro, Pa., to benefit the American Cancer Society.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro’s Gala Cancer Auction returns Saturday for its 31st year to continue raising money for the American Cancer Society.

The auction, which started as a door-to-door campaign, has raised $1.5 million in its three decades, organizers said.

“We’re grateful to everyone that has donated their time, goods and services and cash donations,” said Jill Kessler, steering committee member.

A silent auction will start at 4 p.m., and oral bidding on 119 items begins at 5:30 p.m.

“Food will be available. ... The National Honor Society from the high school comes and helps out,” Kessler said.

Several trips available for bidding include those to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Leesburg, Va. Gameday tickets include a Steelers vs. Ravens game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

“The quilts always go well ... (because) the kids make them,” Kessler said.

First-graders from Kathryn Helfrick’s class at Hooverville Elementary School and Ellen Scott’s class at Summitview Elementary School created quilts, as they have for years.

A children’s play fort provided by GRC General Contractor Inc. will be auctioned. The fort features a trap-door entry, climbing wall, swing and slide, and it can be viewed on Center Square on Saturday.

Chef Kristopher LeHardy, who works at Aqua 103 in Hagerstown, donated a five-course dinner for six people in a home. He provided the same service last year, and Kessler said it was very popular for bidding.

“I understand it was wonderful,” she said. “The food was great, and he paired it with wines.”

Also on the auction block are Penn State football tickets, a pony party for children, and a clock made from old bleachers at Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s stadium.

If you go ...
What: 31st annual Waynesboro Area Gala Cancer Auction
When: Saturday; 4 p.m. silent bidding starts, 5:30 p.m. live bidding starts
Where: Eagles Club Inc. on East Main Street
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