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The form has been taken down for this year’s auction. We hope you can make it out to the event Saturday! If not, plan to join us September 27, 2014 for next year’s event!
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Voices chattered against the drone of the cider press as we walked through the fog towards the pavilion. This was the 10th year for the annual event; but my first in attending. The heavy air was not enough to dampen the number of early birds who, by 9:00 am had already gathered to survey the inventory. Huddled bodies milled about the pavilion clasping respective cups of coffee and hot cider. A fire burned in the hearth. I received a free donut and a cup of coffee from Anna Hepler. As the crowd grew, the scene turned warmer. Conversations erupted amidst the silent auction tables. Old friends re-united at the home-made donut dispensary. Ted Shattuck and I both remarked on how long it had been since we had last seen each other. Just before 10 AM, as the sun began to filter through the mist, the auction was underway.
I took a seat next to Brian Goshow, who graciously allowed me to look over his shoulder at the auction manifest every five minutes. The morning slowly built into a raucous occasion full of laughter, bid and counter-bid, and banter all of which were led with the hearty energies of auctioneer Sandy Alderfer. I would be hard pressed to find anyone who would be able to pinpoint a climax during the auction. For some, it was the high cadence of the bidding for Matt Maxham’s side table, eventually won by Jed Dickinson, (or was that Norm Koop’s hand that went up at the last minute?). For some, it might have been the strong supporting bids towards camper sponsorship. And for others, it might have been the donuts hand made by the Hershey-Lapp family.
The highlight for me however was witnessing the broad spectrum of participants who had gathered to share in the event. As I sat with friends from Lancaster PA and from Woodstock Vermont, from Burlington and from Philly, I was aware that it indeed takes all of us to make this event and this camp the great thing that it is.
Last year, the 9th Annual Benefit Auction happened less than a month after Tropical Storm Irene brought devastating effects to Vermont. The Auction Committee had a brief meeting to decide whether to continue on with the auction. We decided to give it a try… the auction raised $31,869 (gross) in 2011. That was an amazing for the camp auction! The highest auction number before 2011 was in the mid $20K.
To what does the auction owe it’s success this year? Over $33,000 was raised (gross) – $33, 538 in fact! If you were at the auction or inspired by it in any way and have some insight on how this year’s auction raised even more money than last year leave a comment, please.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all those who gave generously to support the mission of Bethany Birches Camp and help subsidize camp programs so any camper can come regardless of financial reality!
I love the Annual Benefit Auction! Thanks to Phil, Billy and Mary, (Lapp, Sneed & Moyer) we had about 370 doughnuts available at no charge. There were something like 30 left at the end of the day. There were about 120 there. Do the math. Almost 3 doughnuts per person!
There will be more to say about it, but right now, I just wanted to highlight an interesting document – the lot list with prices. It’s astounding. When I read through this I think – WHOA – what a faithful group of supporters!
Here’s to all of you that help make the camp happen 😀
The annual Benefit Auction happens tomorrow! IF you can’t make it, get your online bid in by 7pm tonight! That’s the last chance – after that, it’s closed down so we can take the bids with us to the auction and bid on your behalf.
For those of you that are coming, or could come, here’s what you can look forward to:
World-change. Seriously. Supporting the auction is supporting a program that is doing it’s best to change the world by helping young people develop a relationship with the only World-Changer there is – God!
Other reasons to come if world-change isn’t enough: . Fresh-squeezed cider . Free lunch . Chance to win a Jeep . Home-made doughnuts and potato chips . Bid while facing an incredible view complete with colorful leaves
Each year, the BBC Annual Benefit Auction helps pay for lots of kids to get to camp. All Proceeds go to help kids who can’t pay, get here. World change or not, that’s pretty cool.