Auction will benefit Youth Service Bureau

November 19, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

A private agency that helps children and teens hopes to celebrate its 20th anniversary by raising $5,000 through an art auction that begins at 7 p.m. today at the Comfort Inn in Westminster.

The Carroll County Youth Service Bureau will receive a share of the profits from the auction, as well as from the $10 tickets and money from businesses and individuals who bought space in the auction program.

The auction will be run by a professional firm, Heisman Fine Arts Gallery of Ardmore, Pa., and Arlington, Va.

"It's really a neat showing, with oils, etchings and lithographs," said Tina Rodgers Brown, the Youth Service Bureau's assistant director.

Some prints might be priced as low as $35, she said, but the usual opening bids are $60 to $150. Ms. Brown said the gallery would include works by regional and local artists among prints of works by masters such as Pablo Picasso.

Those who attend the auction may spend the first hour viewing the art.

Bidding begins at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The Youth Service Bureau gets most of its money through state and county contracts for counseling and support services to children and their families, Ms. Brown said.

Among its programs are counseling, single-parent support services and the STEP program -- Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. The agency provides this advice to parents through school groups and businesses.

Ms. Brown said the agency's board plans to increase its fund-raising and applications for grants this year to fill in gaps in services, such as increasing the time counselors are available to schools, more contact with businesses, increasing STEP classes and extending services to preschool children.

The agency's projected budget this year is $444,000.

Of that, 64 percent comes from the county, 25 percent from the state and 11 percent from other sources such as fund-raising, nominal fees for counseling and special grants.

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