Preparation is under way for the annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society Telethon Committee Chinese Auction.

Currently area businesses are being solicited for donations. Anyone interested in donating or helping should contact Mary Ann Dulaney at (570) 645-4228 or (610) 844-6643 or madula@ptd.net [1].

The ACS Chinese Auction will be held on Sunday, March 7 at the Lakeside Ballroom, located on Route 54 in Barnesville. Doors open at noon and the auction begins at 3 p.m. Polka Joe will entertain from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., with entertainment by Cody Sassaman to follow.

Some of the top prizes included on the specially purchased "white ticket" include a laptop computer with Windows 7 Home Premium, Nintendo Wii Game System, $250 gift certificate for fuel oil, Apple iPod touch 32 GB, muzzleloader, Makita cordless drill, hand-held GPS Navigator System, an Olympus FE-4000, 12 MP 4x zoom digital camera, Hoover vacuum cleaner, tickets for the Andre Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra Concert, lodging for 3 days/2 nights in Atlantic City, lodging for 5 days/4 night in Florida, many gift certificates and much more. Major items can be previewed at http://www.acstelethon.org [2] or www.carboncti.org/americancancersociety/ [3].

You don't need to be present at the auction to win. Prizes this year include a laptop, oil, gas, electronics, appliances, restaurant certificates, vacations, etc. For more information visit www.acstelethon.org [2]

All proceeds from the auction will be presented at the 31st Annual ACS Telethon to be held on April 10-11 at Penn's Peak and will be broadcast live on BRC TV-13 and Service Electric cable TV. The public is invited to attend the telethon as well to enjoy live entertainment.

For advance Chinese auction tickets or more information call (570) 645.4228.

The local ACS unit places a strong emphasis on the organization's mission which is: to eliminate cancer as the major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Join in the crusade to eliminate cancer.