What do a football autographed by Donovan McNabb, gourmet cheesecake, a certificate for a course at Lehigh Carbon Community College and a time share at an Arizona resort have in common?
All four are among the hundreds of items being offered at Blue Mountain Health System's 2010 Holiday Auction, to be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at Penn's Peak.
The annual auction helps support BMHS' two not-for-profit hospitals, Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton, and Palmerton Hospital.
The day will be filled with food, fun and a little holiday beverage sampling.
To register for the auction, which is open to those age 21 and older, visit BMHS' website at http://www.blmtn.org , or call 610-377-7183. The deadline for advance tickets is Wednesday, Nov. 10.
The auction also features such offerings as a Bill Parcells autographed football, a one-year subscription to the TIMES NEWS, a Jim Thome Autographed Phillies Cap, a Los Abrigados Resort Timeshare, Sedona, Arizona, a pair of midweek snow passes to Jack Frost Big Boulder ski areas, restaurant gift certificates, coffee maker, housewares, memorabilia, fine art, a compressor, lawn and garden equipment, and green fees for four at Blue Ridge Country Club.
In addition, a basket raffle offers an array of tempting items including Bennett Lehighton Dodge gift certificates, an Ultimate Cookie Making Basket, a Galen Glen Holiday Wine Basket, a Downtown Palmerton Package that includes certificates for Country Harvest Family Market and Spillane's.
Auction and raffle items - about $90,000 worth - have been donated mostly by local businesses and hospital employees.
"The Blue Mountain Health System auction has been a mainstay," said Joe Guardiani, BMHS' Director of Fund Development and Government Relations. His wife, Abbie, made the gourmet cheesecakes for the auction.
Not only will the day be fun, but it will help BMHS buy needed equipment and upgrades to help it comply with new government requirements, said BMHS spokeswoman Lisa Johnson.
"We're going to be using the money we raise at the auction toward a matching grant that we'll be receiving for electronic medical record," she said.
BMHS needs to "build infrastructure to prepare to implement the electronic medical record" required by the federal health care reform legislation."With aging facilities and aging equipment, we need to be able to build that back up to where it needs to be," Johnson said.
The infrastructure includes cables, mobile computer equipment that will be wheeled to each patient's bedside so that information such as medications, tests, dosages and procedures can be immediately logged into the patient's electronic medical record.