Manheim Christian Day School (MCDS) will host its 42nd annual Benefit Auction and Family Fun Days on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. The community event will be held rain or shine on the school campus at 686 Lebanon Road, Manheim.
Auction committee member Amy Moyer noted that last year's Benefit Auction raised more than $165,000, which was a record. Proceeds from the event enable MCDS to provide an affordable Christian education to students in prekindergarten through eighth grade in the greater Manheim area.
"Christian education has never been more important than it is today," shared Terri Gutshall, MCDS finance manager. "(The auction) is an important financial piece of the puzzle that helps us to continue the vision of the folks who first established the school in 1952."
Kicking things off on April 27 will be a pork barbecue dinner with dine-in and drive-through options from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. Meals will include pulled pork, a baked potato, a pickle, applesauce, a roll, a cookie, and a beverage. Individuals with prepurchased tickets will be guaranteed a meal until 6 p.m., and a limited number of meals will be available for walk-in guests. Interested individuals may purchase tickets by calling 717-665-4300. Baked goods will also be available for purchase.
The silent auction will begin at 4 p.m. on April 27, with the live auction beginning at 6:15 p.m. Prior to the live auction, LCBC Ephrata campus worship leader Jordan Buckwalter will perform music in the tent at 5:15 p.m. MCDS students will join him onstage to perform at 6 p.m.
The perennially popular class projects will be up for bids at 7:30 p.m. One class will offer a collection of outdoor yard games, including a giant version of Jenga with wooden pieces cut, designed, and personalized by the students. Moyer noted that the class projects alone raised more than $28,000 in 2017.
Fourth-graders at MCDS participate in a Seed to Sow program where they are given $10 to use toward creating a product to sell in the month leading up to the auction. Each student is also asked to save at least one of their products for the live auction. "They learn to take the money and invest it in their own resources," Gutshall explained. By the second week of April, this year's fourth-graders had already raised $6,000 through the sales of handcrafted items such as magnets, keychains, jelly and jam, birdhouses, and peanut butter eggs.
On April 28, the community is invited to enjoy a country-style breakfast buffet at the school from 6:30 to 9 a.m. featuring made-to-order omelets, French toast, baked oatmeal, hash browns, bacon, sausage, and fresh fruit. The cost for breakfast is by donation.
The second day of the live auction will kick off at 8:30 a.m., with items up for bids including experiences such as a lodge getaway package and tickets to local amusement parks, baseball games, and theaters; local spa and golf packages; gift baskets and gift certificates; tools; art and quilts; fishing and hunting gear; lawn and garden merchandise; and more.
Men's auction items are tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m., with the special feature items starting at noon. Bidding for the silent auction will conclude at noon.
Children's activities are set to take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Pedal cars, barrel train rides, bounce houses, face painting, and games will be available for a nominal fee per child. The annual helicopter candy drop will take place at 11:15 a.m. on the MCDS soccer field. A new addition for 2018 will be a performance by The DKers, a Christian juggling duo, at 12:30 p.m.
Food tents will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, and sweet and savory snacks, and the beloved milkshake stand will be on-site.
MCDS students look forward to the annual event, mentioning the milkshakes and food and the time to run around with friends as some of the things they most anticipate. Sixth-grader Adam Wagner summarized it well, saying, "It's basically an extra-long recess with no teachers."
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