Joining the crusade to find a cure for cancer, event organizers Jessica Kutza and her mother Mary Ann Dulaney, both of Coaldale, have been working non-stop preparing for the 14th annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society Chinese Auction set for Sunday (March 24) at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville. Both Kutza and Dulaney, who've worked together to organize the action for eight years, stressed, "In addition to helping fight cancer, the event will serve as a fun afternoon the whole family can enjoy."

The auction starts at noon., with drawings beginning at 3 p.m. sharp.

Co-coordinated through the efforts of the Tamaqua-Carbon ACS Committee, the event will involve over 600 prizes; to include a $1,500 cash prize, 32 inch high definition television, laptop computer, Apple IPad 2 with Wi-Fi, gas gift card, Hershey Lodge stay, a Kindle Fire, trampoline, muzzleloader, homemade crafts, gift cards for fuel oil, Nascar Sprint Cup tickets and gift cards to area restaurants.

To donate items or for more information, call (570) 645-4228 or email [1].

Entertainment will also be provided by Cody Scott and Polka Joe. Donations are still being accepted. This auction routinely raises thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. For more information, to donate or to sell tickets, contact Dulaney at (570) 645-4228 or visit their Facebook event (CancerTelethon). Kutza added that they could always used baked goods. Dulaney said that, for the first time ever, people are able buy tickets over the internet by going to [2]. "If you've won, we'll even send you a text that you've won."

Kutza stressed that all the proceeds of the auction will go to the American Cancer Society, adding that money needed to rent the Lakeside Ballroom was raised via a craft and vendor show they organized in October. The proceeds from the event will be presented during the annual ACS Telethon set for April 6 and 7 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. In addition to being broadcasted live on BRC TV-13 and Service Electric Cable TV, photos from the event will be posted every 30 minutes on the Cancer Telethon's Facebook page ( [3]). Committee members stressed that the public is enouraged to stop by Penn's Peak and enjoy all the live entertainment.

"We've gotten so many surprise gifts," said Kutza. "That motivates us even more to keep going. The amount of community support is truely amazing."

"Join the crusade to find a cure," said Delaney. "As a community, we can make a difference."