PTA catalog to showcase auction items


November 24, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

rr,2p Cheryl Ehrlich and a group of Mount Airy parents have more than 230 "items" to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

In fact, this committee has created a catalog to showcase the items and the benefactors who have donated them for the 1994 Mount Airy Elementary PTA Holiday Dinner-Auction on Dec. 3.

The catalog represents months of work by the PTA's Holiday Auction Committee to plan the fund-raiser and gather auction items to ensure the event's success.

The dinner auction will mark a decade of fund-raising, PTA-style, that has enhanced education at the local elementary school by earning dollars to invest in computers, software, school equipment and programs. The average profit from the annual dinner-auction has been $8,000, PTA President Bruce Witte said.

From the first listing in the catalog, College All Star footballs donated by Holmes Tire Corp., to the last, a Santa Claus doorstop donated by Brenda and Jimmy Dahlgren, a wide array of items will tempt participants in the silent and live auctions.

Crafts, services, gourmet-style food baskets, goods, and activities donated by generous teachers, school staff, students, parents, grandparents, businesses, area professionals and community leaders fill the catalog.

Highlights include baby-sitting, tanning sessions, riding lessons, framed art, a will, secretarial services and gift certificates.

Mr. Witte said there will be many items of interest to handymen (or handywomen) including a battery-powered drill, drill bit sets and a 4-inch vice.

He said nearly 100 items have come in for the auction since the catalog was printed.

Mr. Witte will preside over the live auction and encourage bidders to compete for the goods.

Four Seasons Restaurant of Mount Airy will cater the event, to be held in the school cafetorium at 405 N. Main St. An all-you-can-eat-buffet will kick off the evening at 6 p.m. and will feature steamship round, manicotti, baked ziti, potatoes, green beans, garden salad and homemade bread.

There will also be the traditional PTA dessert table overflowing with donated goodies.

The silent auction will take place concurrently with the dinner from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., followed by the live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Everyone from the greater Mount Airy community is welcome to attend. Tickets, which are $12 per person for the dinner and auction, may be reserved by calling (301) 829-0271.

Volunteers at Mount Airy NET are thankful for the recent donations made to the community food pantry at Calvary United Methodist Church.

This ecumenical nonprofit organization has been working for the past year to fulfill its mission as a safety net for people in need. In addition to providing bags of food, the organization has offered a helping hand to the less fortunate by helping to pay for medical care, rent and fuel bills.

Help is still needed with the caring mission of Mount Airy NET through gifts of time, money, paper goods and/or creativity.

Donations of personal items and paper goods -- including toile paper, paper towels, sanitary products, soap, toothpaste -- are needed to supplement food pantry shelves, according to Mrs. Costello.

Volunteers are needed to staff the Mount Airy NET office at Calvary Church from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays. Creative thinkers are also needed to develop new fund-raisers ,, for Mount Airy NET. "Those are the two big needs," said Director Gail Costello.

The next fund-raiser for Mount Airy NET is a trip to see "Annie Warbucks" at Toby's Dinner Theater on Dec. 13. The Mount Airy Rotary Club is sponsoring the event. Tickets cost $25 per person, regardless of age, and a bus is being considered to take participants to and from Mount Airy.

The family show is a sequel to the popular "Annie" musical. Theater doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the performance set for 7:30 p.m.

For information about dinner theater tickets or to offer your help to Mount Airy NET, call (301) 829-0472.

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