Over $20,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to lucky supporters of the Men of Marian's 20th Annual Chinese Auction, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and March 28 at Marian High School.

Through the generosity of numerous business people in the Carbon/Schuylkill/Luzerne county region, parents and friends of Marian High School students, the auction will offer not only the largest selection of items and gifts, but some of the most valuable as well.

A refrigerator, recliner, washer/dryer, Blue Ray disc player, patio set, kitchen assortment, GPS, "college bound" package, lawnmower and weed whacker, 32" flat screen TV and more are among the prizes to be awarded.

A special drawing will take place at the auction again this year. A 50" flat screen HD television will be awarded to some lucky person.

The auction will kick off with a preview night on Saturday from 5-8 o'clock and the kitchen will be open.

The auction itself will also be available to the public at 11 a.m. Sunday. Bidding will take place until the prompt starting time of 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. "Polka Joe Manjack" will be broadcasting live from the Marian High School gymnasium from 9:00-1:00 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, a variety of homemade food items, including meatballs, pierogies, halushki, sausage and peppers, barbecue, pizza and homemade soups will be available for satisfy everyone's taste. Baked good will also be available for anyone who has a taste for "sweets."

The auction has a goal of $20,000, all of which is used for programs that benefit the students of Marian High School. Among them are student accident insurance, which the Men of Marian provides for every student in the school, transportation needs, financial aid, support of the school's athletic programs and maintenance costs that the school's general budget would not otherwise be able to afford.

Throughout the 2009-2010 school year, the Men of Marian will have raised and committed over $104,669 to the school.

For more information about the Men of Marian, its Chinese Auction or other programs the group sponsors, contact the Marian High School Development Office at (570) 467-0641 between the hours of 8-4 p.m.