The 30th annual Lighthouse Youth Center (LYC) Fall Harvest Dinner and Auction will take place on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10.
The fundraiser will begin on Nov. 9 with the dinner, auction preview and silent auction from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Oxford Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.
The menu will feature pulled pork with barbecue sauce, baked potatoes, green beans, creamed mushrooms, applesauce, a cupcake and a beverage. The dinner will be served until sold out.
While at the hall for dinner, attendees will find a number of items available by silent auction, plus they may preview items that will be offered at the live auction on the following day.
The Nov. 10 auction will begin at 9 a.m. with a wide variety of donated items going up for bids. The big feature item this year is a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, and there will be Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers and Phillies tickets; gift certificates to local restaurants and entertainment; hardware items; three trailer loads of Amish-made furniture; baked goods; quilts; quillows; and vacations, including a three-day stay in a mountaintop retreat and a week in Chincoteague, Va.
A regular feature of the auction is a bidding challenge for tractor fans of Case, John Deere and Kubota. This year, instead of cakes decorated as tractors, there will be groups of cupcakes in the different tractor company colors. Proceeds from this portion of the auction will be used to help purchase new cafeteria tables for the LYC. The goal for this portion of the auction is $10,000.
New this year will be a Thanksgiving turkey sale. Certificates for the turkeys will be available at the auction, and the turkeys can be picked up at the LYC on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
"You can still buy a turkey for yourself for Thanksgiving (at the auction), but we're going to sponsor 10 families with turkeys and all the fixings," said LYC executive director Buzz Tyson. "We're just asking patrons that they buy one of the turkeys and donate it to us for one of those families."
Proceeds from the dinner and auction will go to help the LYC serve 373 member children with art programs, daily devotions, educational programs, homework help and tutoring, music programs, recreation programs and scholarships to area colleges and trade schools.
The LYC serves a free meal to an average of 64 children each weekday, plus the center has recently started a program for children to be able to take home food for the weekends.
The LYC is currently sponsoring four students in college and encourages high school students by providing tours to area colleges such as Cecil College in Maryland and Lincoln University.
Oxford Presbyterian Church is located at 6 Pine St., Oxford. Attendees should note that the parking lot beside the church now requires payment at a kiosk. For both the Friday dinner and the Saturday auction, there will be free parking at the Oxford Church of the Nazarene, located at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Locust Street, and at the LYC parking lot, located at 245 Commerce St., Oxford. Volunteers will provide a shuttle service.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the roast pork dinner in advance, readers may contact Tyson at 484-880-2018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.