Silent auction surpasses $10,000
MARTINSBURG - Once again, the Homewood at Martinsburg auxiliary's silent auction exceeded its goal by raising more than $10,600 that will be used to enhance the lives of the residents.
Held March 14 and 15, the event drew crowds that included more than 300 bidders from among the surrounding communities, as well as Homewood residents and staff.
In addition to the more than 1,000 items that included furniture, jewelry, home decor, kitchenware, toys/
games, electronics and holiday decorations, several specialty bids drew much attention, including a gourmet dinner for six, Skybox and 20 tickets to an Altoona Curve baseball game, a handcrafted high chair made by residents in Homewood's woodshop, original art pieces painted by Homewood residents Charles Barr and Nancy Lucas and a hand-stitched quilt made by Homewood's sewing and quilting volunteers. Two "gift card trees," each worth $300 in gift cards and a lottery ticket basket with more than $300 in donated lottery tickets, were raffled. Winning bids ranged from $1 to $400, demonstrating that there is something for everyone at this annual event.
The silent auction is the auxiliary's largest fund-raiser, with proceeds being used for the benefit of Homewood's nursing residents. This year's proceeds will be used to expand the Springfield picnic pavilion. Past projects underwritten by the auxiliary have included purchasing wheelchair-accessible vehicles to transport residents to doctors' visits, installing an automatic door opener at one of the entrances and paving walking paths.
Items were donated by residents and their families, staff members and largely from businesses and individuals in the community.
Jean and Ben Kensinger were chairmen of the auction, assisted by Bonnie and Skip Earle.
PA Wilds Child to be held June 14
PHILIPSBURG - Black Moshannon State Park and the Friends of Black Moshannon fwill hold "PA Wilds Child" on June 14.
Participants can enjoy a fun-filled day of activities in a friendly noncompetitive environment.
Children ages 4 to 16 get to choose four classes they would like to attend throughout the day.
The classes include kayaking, canoeing, campfire cooking, colonial candle-dipping, bird identification, fly fishing, trapping, atlatl, firefighting and safety, archery, fishing skills, fly tying, campfire cooking, outdoor photography, bluebird habitat, turtles, kid's craft, geocaching, making plastic bottle rockets, snake identification, gardening and primitive fire building.
For a registration form and class list, contact the park office at 342-5960 or blackmoshannonee@state
.pa.us. The cost is $15 per child, which includes lunch for the child and one adult. Extra adult meals are $3. Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch cooked over a campfire, four classes and equipment needed for use during classes.
The registration deadline is June 6.