’Hurst caring for local kids


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People can also buy chocolates and the money will go toward the fundraiser.

Melanie Todd, Staff writer

nd Mercyhurst are teaming up for a Chinese auction to benefit local children in hospitals.

“It is designed to help support the local Children’s Hospital charities in the communities that we are in. Here, all of the proceeds raised go to St. Vincent’s Children’s Miracle Network,” said Dean Schoenfeldt, Parkhurst Dining Senior General Manager.

Last year’s campaign was successful.

“Last year’s efforts were almost $2,500, ” Schoenfeldt said.

The years have varied, but overall the Mercyhurst community has been very generous.

“We have raised between $500 and $600 of our campaign total each year through our Chinese auction. We are hoping for $750 or more this year,” Schoenfeldt said.

Auction tickets are $5 for an arm’s length. Baskets for the auction range from themes such as Disney’s “Frozen” to baking and dining accessories. Many of them represent local businesses.

“All of the items were donated by local businesses or campus programs,” Schoenfeldt said.

The fundraiser is not just supported by Mercyhurst but a team effort to help give the best donation possible.

“This is a fundraiser supported by all Parkhurst accounts,” Schoenfeldt said.

Chinese auctions are quite popular. People can see exactly what they are voting for and often judge their current chances of winning based on the number of tickets put down for each item.
“We have done this at other venues and other accounts. It’s a great way to market for the community as well,” said Schoenfeldt.

The auction began in the beginning of November and is open to anyone willing to donate.

“We will draw the winners on Dec. 8, and the winners will be notified by Dec. 11,” said Schoenfeldt.

In the spirit of Mercy, the community warmly welcomes projects such as this one. Especially during the holiday season, it is a good feeling to support local charities to help local children.