Over $20,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to lucky supporters of the Men of Marian's 22nd Annual Chinese Auction, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 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, Kindle Touch, washer/dryer, Home Theatre System, and more are among the prizes to be awarded. A special drawing will take place at the auction again this year for a flat screen HD television.

The auction will kick off with a preview night on Saturday from 5-8 p.m. 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. Sunday. "Polka Joe Manjack" will be broadcasting live from Marian High School gymnasium from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, a variety of homemade food items will be available, including meatballs, pierogies, halushki, sausage and peppers, barbecue, pizza, homemade soups and baked goods.

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 2011-2012 school year, the Men of Marian will have raised and committed over $100,000 to the school.

For more information about the Men of Marian, it's Chinese Auction or other programs the group sponsors, contact the Marian High School Development Office at (570) 467-0641 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or (570) 582-0021.