MOUNT VERNON — In it’s new venue, Food For the Hungry invites the public to a cozy, warm live auction Saturday at the Knox County Memorial Theater.
The annual campaign that benefits Interchurch Social Services, The Salvation Army and local food-service organizations through grants will move from its City Hall location on Public Square to 112 E. High St., to collect food and monetary donations and present its live broadcast, this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This move will provide the perfect venue for the live auction, said Lisa Mazzari, FFH drive coordinator.
The live auction, set to start about 1 p.m., will be conducted by Jerry Scott and John Ruckman. Featured baskets were coordinated by the Knox County Career Center and introduced during the Mount Vernon Christmas Walk as baskets were on display at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Hunter Hall. Silent auction bids were taken that day and it is those figures that will start the bidding on Saturday.
“We have a nice line up of baskets this year,” said John Feltman, KCCC principal of student services.
•Wedding Basket, valued at $2,634, includes use of Quarry Chapel for wedding ceremony, one night suite at Mount Vernon Grand Hotel, two nights in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, photography services, gift certificates and much more.
•Vacation Basket, valued at $1,084, offers hotel/lodge stays, gift certificates from KCCC labs and local merchants, and much more.
•Christmas Basket, valued at $870, includes 1999 Longaberger Peppermint Basket filled with gift certificates from local merchants and KCCC labs, movie passes, foods and more.
•Additional baskets include Gourmet Food Basket, valued at $515; Auto Care Basket, valued at $800; and Mom’s Night Out Basket, valued at $816.
“One hundred percent of the money goes right back into Food For the Hungry,” Feltman said.
The KCCC, administration and student body, have whole-heartedly embraced the mission of FFH.
“We have great students (who) are willing to step up to the plate, are willing to participate and willing to help,” Feltman said.
OSU Alumni Club of Knox County will offer a one-of-a-kind Buckeye-themed basket during the auction. In addition, gift certificates for massages from Kate Meyes, Top Notch Hands, will be auctioned live and through Facebook on Saturday.
The live auction will start at 1 p.m., guests are encouraged to arrive around 12:45 p.m., and are cautioned that a quiet atmosphere is needed during the broadcast, prior to the start of the auction.
Those interested in the bidding process, but unable to attend can bid by calling 740-398-5826 or 740-501-1800.
More information on baskets is available at www.knoxcountycareercenterbaskets.yolasite.com.