Milanof-Schock Benefit Auction Set For Sept. 22
Every year organizers brainstorm and vote on a theme for the Milanof-Schock Library Benefit Auction, and this year they landed on co-chair Connie Hajioannou's favorite decade: the '80s. "I love the '80s. We're going to have music from the '80s and a gigantic TV screen in the entryway so it's like you're entering the '80s," explained Hajioannou. Decor and giveaways to align with the totally gnarly, righteous, and radical decade are also planned.
"Part of the mission of and vision of the library is connecting the dots between the library and community, so we'll have Pac-Man posters detailing how the library does this," added co-chair Kim Beach.
The 16th annual benefit auction will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. A served dinner will include entree choices of beef medallions, chicken cordon bleu, or mushroom ravioli with brown butter sauce.
Silent and live auctions will feature a selection of items and experiences including skydiving, beverage tastings, sporting event tickets, gift cards to area attractions and eateries, children's bicycles, home decor, jewelry, and more. John Hess will once again volunteer his time to serve as auctioneer for the live auction, which will offer 50 items. Hajioannou noted that all of the items up for bids will be brand-new.
"The community volunteers the auction items and helps out at the auction, too, so it's really a community-run event," said Hajioannou. Members of the Donegal High School Key Club will volunteer as runners for the auction, which Beach said has been a tradition for years and adds a lot of energy and laughs.
Musical entertainment will be provided by disc jockey Stan Tucker, and Hajioannou is rooting for sing-alongs and potentially some '80s-inspired karaoke. Theme-inspired attire is optional.
Seating is limited, and interested individuals may order tickets by calling 717-653-1510 or stopping by the library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy. Individuals and businesses that reserve a table for the event will receive a discounted price. "Gather your friends and buy a table," encouraged Beach. Last year's benefit auction sold out in advance, so organizers encourage interested individuals to purchase tickets early.
Organizers are still seeking donations for the live and silent auctions, and those who are interested in contributing something are asked to notify the library. Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, Sept. 11. A new way for folks to support the event this year is by purchasing a shout-out to be printed in the benefit auction program. Beach said messages can be up to 80 characters long and can include elements such as a sentiment about the library, a note to an individual or family, or simply a person or family's name.
Beach and Hajioannou said that the benefit auction serves as one of the largest fundraisers for the library. "We get a lot of support from the community, and (this event) keeps getting bigger and bigger," remarked Hajioannou.
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