Hospice & Community Care Hosts 33rd Annual Labor Day Auction
The team at Hospice and Community Care is has announced the 33rd Annual Labor Day Auction, being held at the Solanco Fairgrounds, in Quarryville. The two-day event, presented by Turkey Hill Dairy since 2000, will take place beginning at 7:30 a.m. on September 2 and 4.
“Last year was the first year we held it at the fairgrounds. It ended up being a wonderful location with more buildings and plenty of space,” says Ashley Peck, Communications Manager for Hospice & Community Care. “Each year, attendance continues to grow and more items are donated for the auctions, so this is the perfect space to grow with us.”
Each year, this traditional auction, complete with Amish auctioneers and bid spotters, attracts thousands of attendees. “Not only is the event fun, but it’s a very worthwhile fundraiser as all proceeds go back to the patients and their families who use our hospice, palliative and grief support services,” says Peck. Last year’s Labor Day Auction raised more than $700,000.
While, historically, Monday has been the biggest auction day, this year, the Art Auction has been moved to Saturday at 1 p.m. and features many amazing pieces, including a signed print of Remembering Nickel Mines by artist Glenn Blue, a former state trooper assigned to work the West Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in 2006. Also up for grabs on Saturday are gift certificates, gift baskets and various new and used items in addition to a Day of Care Auction and Plant Auction. “We wanted to spread everything out so that both days are jam-packed with amazing things,” says Peck.
Monday attendees can look forward to the popular Sports Memorabilia Auction, with guest auctioneer Sports Talk host Eric May, along with other auctions featuring plants, new and used furniture, outdoor furniture, quilts, sheds and more. There will also be a raffle drawing for a 2017 Ford Mustang.
One of the other highlights to this free, family-friendly event is the homemade Amish food. “Even if you don’t buy any auction items, come for the food,” invites Peck. “There will be fried donuts, sticky buns, breakfast logs, made-to-order omelets and all kinds of delicious Amish fare.” Several new menu items will also be available including a salad bar and pork barbecue dinner.
Hospice & Community Care has enjoyed partnering with local businesses, individuals and volunteers to sponsor this event for over three decades. “We feel very blessed to play such an integral role in the community. It’s wonderful to see so many local businesses, community members and over 400 volunteers come together like this. Ask anybody who attends the auction and they somehow have a connection to Hospice & Community Care. The Auction truly brings the community together in such a fun way and for such a great cause.”
Cost: Free parking and admission. Location: 101 Park Ave., Quarryville. For more information, call 717-295-3900 or visit LaborDayAuction.org for a schedule of events.