Cheryl Ehrlich and a group of dedicated parents have tackled a monumental task this fall as organizers of the ninth annual Mount Airy Elementary School PTA Holiday Dinner Auction.
As planners of the Nov. 20 event, the PTA's most profitable fund-raiser, they must devise a dinner to please the palates of more than 200 patrons and find items for the silent and live auctions.
The planning committee will have to work hard to match the 1992 event, which featured 202 auction items and brought in $10,400 to PTA coffers.
"A large part of the proceeds went to computerize the media center," said Mrs. Ehrlich, who is chairing the event for the second year.
This year's dinner, which will be an all-you-can-eat affair featuring fried chicken and ham, will be catered by Convenience Catering of Taylorsville.
The event will also have a gourmet dessert table.
Donations for this year's auctions include crafts, holiday decorations and services from area businesses.
Some of the items, promised as of Wednesday, include a chance to be Mount Airy Elementary's principal for a day, given by Principal Bo Ann Bohman; a birthday party for 10 children at Mount Airy Bowling Lanes; and two signed and numbered limited-edition watercolor prints by Steve Burdette.
Also included will be a registration for Mount Airy Recreation Council winter gymnastics and a spring sport, and a 7- to 8-foot, freshly cut Christmas tree from Snell's Nursery.
Thame's Fine Art and Framing has again donated a framed, limited-edition print. In past auctions, this has been the event's single largest money-maker.
The committee has compiled a catalog for the auctions. It's being printed by G&H; Printing and is expected to be done by Nov. 17.
A dessert cookbook featuring recipes submitted by the creators of goodies offered at the auction will be available in the spring.
Tickets for the dinner and auction, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Mount Airy school, are $12 per person.
Mrs. Ehrlich and her fellow committee members invite bargain shoppers and auction enthusiasts to enjoy the fruits of their labor on Nov. 20. For ticket information, call (301) 829-0271.
Home-baked pies, cookies and cakes will fill the lobby of Foodrite-Groceteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to help the Mount Airy 4-H Clovers help a 4-H family left homeless by the Midwest floods.
Club members (and some parents) will be donating their time and culinary talents for this bake sale to help the Florea family of Hannibal, Mo.
Foodrite-Groceteria is at 1312 S. Main St. in Mount Airy.
The flood victims wrote 4-H adviser Ellen Bonde to thank the club for its interest and to tell members that "faith, family and friends [both old & new]" have helped them make it through the devastation wrought by the "mighty Mississippi."
Club members plan to send their adopted family a bounty of warm winter clothing and other items they have been collecting for their benefit. Proceeds from the bake sale on Oct. 23 will help them accomplish their goal.
No one has an excuse to eat alone or miss enjoying a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day thanks to a holiday event being co-sponsored by the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club and Christi's Restaurant of Mount Airy.
Turkey with all the trimmings will be served free of charge from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 25 at Mount Airy's Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Christi's.
This is the second year that the event has been held at the restaurant, which is in the Ridgeside Business Center behind McDonald's.
Donations -- large, small or none at all -- may be made at the dinner. A bake table will give dinner patrons the opportunity to donate or buy home-baked goods.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Mount Airy NET, a nonprofit ecumenical agency dedicated to providing support and emergency assistance for local people in need.
Individuals interested in volunteering to prepare or serve the dinner should call Christi's Restaurant owner Bob Arnone at (301) 829-1900.
The Mount Airy Jaycees Town Clean Up will be held rain or shine tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon at the Municipal Parking Lot off Park Avenue.
Town residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to get rid of unwanted trash and clutter -- the town provides containers at the clean-up site and hauling of these items to the landfill.
Proof of town residency in the form of a town water bill and identification will be required.
"Person power" will be provided as a community service project by the Mount Airy Jaycees. A large item pick-up service will be available from the Jaycees for a donation that will be determined by the quantity and size of the items. There is a $10 minimum donation.
For pick-up information, call (301) 829-2778.