Church sponsors auction Fund-raiser aids outreach efforts


October 23, 1992|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Staff Writer

Do you like to fly?

Maybe you have a large dog and need a doghouse.

Hate to do taxes? Let someone else do them next year.

A 30-minute plane ride, a deluxe insulated doghouse and a tax preparation are just a few of roughly 50 items you can bid on starting at 7:30 tonight at the Agriculture Center during The Auction, sponsored by Carroll Community Church.

"Everybody is so caught up in the rat race that we thought people would want to have some fun and relax," said Lisa Watkins, co-chairman of the Auction Committee.

"We just hope people will come out and have a good time."

While they have fun, participants can help the church, which is having this fund-raiser to support its community outreach programs.

"We want to be able to help families in need, that's what the church is all about," Ms. Watkins said.

The activities begin at 6 p.m. with a casual, cafeteria-style supper featuring beef stew, hot dogs, barbecue and soup, all reasonably priced.

Local businesses, along with members of the congregation, donated all of the food. While you're eating, enjoy music by Dan Aitken, a member of the church who plays country, bluegrass and folk songs.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., you can inspect the items to be auctioned, all donated by area businesses. Bidding starts at 7:30 p.m.

"Mike Whitson, an auctioneer with O'Farrell's, is donating his time to the auction," Ms. Watkins said. "People in the church contacted businesses they use and they responded, which will help the business, too."

Besides such offerings as a hand made quilt, a walnut dresser, dinner for two at a local restaurant, and a manicure and haircut from an area hairdresser, there are some more unusual items up for grabs.

Need to make your will but just haven't gotten around to it? His-and-hers wills are available from a local lawyer, along with a single will.

If you have back problems, put in a bid for a complete spinal exam and X-rays from a chiropractor.

Collectors should be enchanted by a set of porcelain dolls. Golfers can bid on an outing on the greens. And a cord of wood would help heat your living room on many a cold winter's night.

Add to the list car maintenance and repair services, a night's stay at a local motel, baseball cards -- including a whole sheet of Cal Ripken cards -- and gift certificates for products ranging from sports equipment to food to department stores.

Admission is free to the auction, which is expected to last about two hours. The Ag Center is on Smith Avenue in Westminster.

The Rev. Joe Duke is pastor.

Information: Ms. Watkins at 848-6096 or the church office at 876-8980.

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