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Rotary Club Of Scranton Holiday Auction To Benefit Arc Of NEPA

November 19, 2017 GMT

This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Gerard M. Hetman about the Rotary Club of Scranton’s upcoming Holiday Auction , a fundraiser for the Arc of NEPA.

Residence:Scranton

Professional background: Employed in the Department of Community Relations for the Lackawanna County Commissioners’ office

Title: President of the Rotary Club of Scranton

Q: How long has this been a tradition?

A: The holiday auction event goes back at least 20 years but has taken several different shapes and forms. At some points, it was more of an in-house Christmas party for the club, while other times it was the gala-style auction event that we have now. The club chooses a different charity each year to serve as our benefiting organization, with this year’s charity being the Arc of NEPA.

Q: What is included in admission?

A: The event features a premium cash bar as well as a dinner buffet including Caesar salad, bow tie pasta and shrimp salad, roasted pork loin, flounder stuffed in dill cream sauce, chicken Milanese in white wine caper sauce, chef’s choice vegetable, scalloped potatoes and an assorted dessert display.

Q: What is your fundraising goal?

A: We don’t set a firm goal for the event, but I would say $10,000 is a figure that we have seen for proceeds in several recent auctions, and we use this as a rough figure for planning purposes.

Q: How will the proceeds be used?

A: The final proceeds are divided by giving two-thirds of the total to our benefiting organization, which is the Arc of NEPA for this years’ auction. The remaining one-third is kept by our club to allow us to fund small donations to charitable causes in our community throughout the Rotary year.

Q: Why is community support important?

A: Our beneficiary for this year, the Arc of NEPA, provides services to hundreds of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community, all while facing continued challenges from reductions in state and federal funding sources. We know that every dollar raised for the Arc will have a lasting and meaningful impact among our most vulnerable populations. In addition, our club is better able to help the many community groups and charities that ask for our assistance during the year due to the funds we raise for our portion of the proceeds.

Q: What else will be on hand at the event?

A: We are delighted to again be featuring the Knight Rhythms, which is the competitive stage choir of the Scranton High School Chorus. The Knight Rhythms present a phenomenal array of Christmas and holiday-themed music to open our evening. For many returning visitors and sponsors of our event, having the Knight Rhythms is among the first things they want to see, and we are thrilled to have them back. Our silent auction features approximately 100 items, ranging from restaurant gift certificates, home furnishings and children’s items to handmade crafts and other gifts. The live auction features 30 to 40 items, ranging from small appliances to power tools to tickets for concerts and sporting events. The live auction is fun, spirited and will keep you on your toes.

Q: Is there anything new this year?

A: The auction follows the same routine as past years, but our lineup of live and silent auction items always changes, so you are guaranteed to see new and different items in the lineup at this year’s event.

Q: What is unique about this event?

A: The auction brings together our club and a benefiting nonprofit in our region for a great night of fun. Guests are treated to not just great food and drinks but also amazing musical entertainment, a silent auction with a great lineup and a live auction that is fast-paced, humorous and full of useful and fun items.

If you go

What: Rotary Club of Scranton Holiday Auction

When: Thursday, Dec. 7, cocktail hour, 6 p.m.; performance by the Knight Rhythms of Scranton High School, 6:30; dinner, 7; live auction, 8

Where: Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton

Details: Tickets are $50 and must be purchased by Friday, Nov. 24. Visit the Rotary Club of Scranton on Facebook or email Gerard Hetman at gerard.hetman@gmail.com for more information.