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Waynesboro Area Gala Cancer Auction to be held Saturday

Items include a New York City trip, plants, furniture, Landis Whitsel prints, Longaberger baskets, Vera Bradley bags, catered dinners and a skateboard ramp

March 28, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Caitlin Recard, left, and Emily Shover sort bidding cards for items that will be offered Saturday at the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Gala Cancer Auction at Green Grove Gardens near Greencastle, Pa. Recard and Shover are National Honor Society students at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Final preparations are under way for Saturday’s Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Gala Cancer Auction, an event that has raised nearly $1.8 million for the American Cancer Society since its inception 32 years ago.

Live bidding begins Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Green Grove Gardens off Pa. 16 outside Greencastle. A silent auction starts at 4 p.m.

The auction moved this year from downtown Waynesboro, according to Jill Kessler of the fundraiser’s steering committee.

“We’re hoping to draw from the Waynesboro/Greencastle area,” Kessler said. “Because it’s not in downtown Waynesboro, unfortunately, we’re hoping to have people (from Greencastle) who wouldn’t otherwise come.”

This year’s theme is Time for Cancer to Take a Hike.

A key item being auctioned is a New York City trip. Aero-Smith of Martinsburg, W.Va., has donated a package for four couples. It includes private air travel aboard Aero-Smith’s executive turboprop aircraft from Hagerstown Regional Airport, a limousine ride to the city hotel, four hotel rooms and eight tickets to a Broadway show.

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“I’ve had numerous people ask me about what they think it might go for,” Kessler said, saying the trip has generated buzz.

The trip is one of 115 items up for grabs during the live bidding. Other items include plants, furniture, Landis Whitsel prints, Longaberger baskets, Vera Bradley bags, catered dinners and a skateboard ramp.

A table will be set up featuring books for sale.

Food will be served starting at 5 p.m.

Assisting at the event will be volunteers from Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s National Honor Society and Class of 2013.

The auction website, where an auction catalog is available, is www.acsauction.org.

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