Although it's still Birth Care and Family Health Services’ main fundraiser, the annual auction has evolved to include activities for families in the community.
"The community supports us very well. They're so generous and we like to give back to them," said Catherine Saunders, Birth Care's director of nursing.
"It's also for us," said Birth Care director Mauren Ketcham. "It's a chance to reconnect with the children who have been born here and to stay connected with the community."
This year, organizers added an obstacle course to an inflatable bounce house and a mechanical bull. "The bounce house works well for the younger children and the mechanical bull for the older kids, but we didn't have anything for those in between," Saunders said, "so we added the inflatable obstacle course."
The auction will include plants, garden items, crafts, baked goods and candy, new and gently used farm equipment, horse equipment, and furniture, Ketcham said. Most of the items are donated; some of the larger items are sold on consignment. To make a donation, call 717-786-5506. Donations may also be brought to the fire station the day of the sale.
"We also have a basket raffle that's put together by patients and staff," she said.
The baskets, each filled with items for a specific theme, are displayed on a table. Patrons buy tickets and put their tickets in the baskets they want. At noon, the baskets are brought up one at a time and the winning ticket is selected from each. The ticket's owner has to be present to win.
Funds raised during the auction help pay for the center's operation. "We don't take any government money," Saunders said. "We do take health insurance, but about 80 percent of our clients are uninsured. That's why we have a scaled fee schedule. … Every year, we are awed by the generosity of the community."
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, on the grounds of the Bart Township Fire Company, 11 Furnace Rd., Georgetown. The benefit sale and family fun day will be held rain or shine.