ACS auction draws hundreds
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Connie Fisher, Nesquehoning, receives a child's bear pillow and sleeping bag from volunteer McKayla Wall, 11, of Tamaqua.
More than 400 people showed up Sunday to show support and try their luck during the 19th Annual ACS Chinese Auction held at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville.
Co-chair MaryAnn Dulaney and her daughter, Jess Kutza, also a co-chair, expressed their combined appreciation to all the contributors, visitors and volunteers.
Some of the more than 500 prizes included NASCAR Sprint Cup tickets, a laptop computer, fuel oil, artwork, Apply iPad2, Sony Reader, gas gift card, Xbox 360, vacation packages, chain saw, muzzleloader, 32-inch HD television, microwave oven, hotel stays, gift certificates, a $1,000 cash prize and more. There was also a 50-50 drawing, refreshments and a bake sale.
Entertainment was provided for the fifth year by Cody Sassaman of Tamaqua. Joe Krushinsky, telethon chairman and longtime volunteer, was the speaker and ticket caller.
"The first year we had this, we raised about $7,000," said Dulaney. "Hundreds of contributors, supporters, old volunteers, and new volunteers gave so much to make this Chinese auction and fundraiser one of the best we've ever had."
Tickets for a 2012 Ford Fiesta Charity Raffle were also available at the Chinese Auction. Rottet Motors is sponsoring the raffle.
The Carbon-Tamaqua American Cancer Society Relay For Life is scheduled for June 22-23 at the Panther Valley Football Stadium.
To donate items for next year's Chinese auction, for Ford Fiesta tickets or to receive more information, call (570) 645-4228 or (570) 645-2161 or visit http://www.relayforlife.org/patamaquaarea.
The final tally of the auction will be announced during the upcoming 24-hour ACS telethon, which will air April 14-15.
The local Carbon-Tamaqua ACS chapter places a strong emphasis on the organization's mission, which is to eliminate cancer as the major health problem by preventing the disease, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.
Dulaney and Kutza, who are already talking about next year's auction, pointed out that volunteers are desperately needed throughout the year to help collect donations.