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Lionesses, Hospice partner for annual auction

The Boonesboro Lioness Club and Hospice East have teamed up for the 29th year for an auction with bigger and better items than ever before.

Debbie Jones, executive director at Hospice East, said there are several items up for auction including gift cards for places like DJ’s, Cracker Barrel, Golden Corral and more. Also up for bidding are a one-night stay in Gatlinburg, Cincinnati Reds tickets, cabin rentals, Kings Island tickets, Louisville Zoo admission tickets, a handmade quilt, a mattress, a 55-inch TV, cases of Ale-8, a DeWalt drill, outdoor furniture, a UK recliner, mountains of dog food, massages and more.

Items will be collected up to the day of the auction, Jones said.

There will be a few tables for a silent auction as well as a live auction with Woodrow Wilson as the auctioneer. Volunteers will also have a bake sale.

Jones said the auction is open to the community, and a program listing the items available will be provided upon arrival.

Volunteers will provide refreshments as well.

About 100 people attended the auction last year, which raised about $20,000.

Since its start, the annual auction has raised more than $100,000 to patients at Hospice East.

“It’s grown each year both in size and proceeds,” Martha Gaither, Boonesboro Lioness Club member and one of the founders of the auction, said.

Each year, the proceeds go to Hospice East and are used to purchase equipment or items for patients that Medicare or other private insurances may not cover, Jones said.

“(The auction) supports the community,” she said. “It provides things … our patients otherwise couldn’t afford, things we take for granted like bed sheets.”

The bake sale will start at 4 p.m., and the live auction will begin at 6 p.m. at the First Church of God at 2500 Colby Road on Friday, April 13.

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