Auction includes gift baskets, appliances and sports memorabilia
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
The 30th Annual Great American Auction will be held inside the Community Arts Center of Cambria County’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery April 12. The preview is to begin at 4:30 p.m. and the bidding at 5:30 p.m.
Dale Mishler of Mishler Auction Services will once again serve as auctioneer.
All attendees can register for free at the door that evening. This year, food items such as hamburgers and hot dogs will be made available for purchase for those who wish to eat dinner before the bidding commences.
The live auction includes an array of merchandise up for bid, including: gift baskets; gift cards; collectibles; an autographed Steelers photo of Antonio Brown; a washer and dryer from Krisay’s Appliances and a brand new 40” Samsung UHD TV from Atlantic Broadband. Tickets for sporting and live entertainment events are also on the list.
Special trips up for bid are: a one-night stay for four to Camelback Lodge Aquatopia indoor waterpark; Glengarry Golf Links and Summit Country Club golf outings; $1,000 Travel Voucher toward any Avalon River Cruise; $500 travel voucher toward any Viking River Cruise from Epic Journeys.
Angela Godin, CACCC executive director, said she’s pleased that the auction once again includes a wide variety of items.
“We have everything from high-end items to hotel stays to gift cards,” Godin said. “A lot of variety makes for a lot of fun.”
Anyone interested in donating items for inclusion in the 30th Annual Great American Auction is asked to contact a CACCC staff member. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. April 11 at the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center, located at 1217 Menoher Boulevard in Johnstown’s Westmont neighborhood.
Godin said she is grateful for all those who come together to make the Great American Auction a success year after year. That includes the Great American Auction Committee, CACCC staff, volunteers (including Mishler and his employees), as well as all those who donate new or gently used items.
“This auction really shows how much our organization is supported by members, friends, businesses and business leaders in the local community,” Godin said. “Thirty years is a long time running, and we are just so grateful for everyone’s continued support of this event. We couldn’t do this without everyone who donates and helps in every way to ensure its success.”
Godin said the annual auction is “an extremely important” fundraiser for the non-profit organization.
“The money raised from the auction goes into our general operations fund, and that helps us fund the many events that we offer our community, including educational events and events such as our annual ‘Concerts on the Green’ and ‘Coffee House Series,’” she said.
All items up for bid are listed on CACCC’s website at www.caccc.org. New items will be added as they come in. Items are also listed on the Mishler Auction Services website at mishlerauction.com.
“In an auction like this, you may be able to find something you have always been waiting for,” Godin said. “A few years ago, I myself was able to get something I had dreamed of owning my entire life.”
For more information about CACCC’s 30th Annual Great American Auction, visit the aforementioned website or call a staff member at 814-255-6515.
Godin described this event as not only fun for attendees, but also for CACCC staff and volunteers.
“It’s non-stop fun for almost three and a half hours,” she said. “For our staff and volunteers, it is a wild night. We are constantly moving merchandise and ‘Vanna Whiteing-it’ around our gallery space. There’s never a lull. For the attendees, they are excited and anxious to bid, especially if they’ve found something they really want to try to take home. We try to keep things moving as much as possible to keep people excited and engaged the entire time.”