St. John Catholic Church to hold auction tomorrow

A 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a 1994 Mazda Protege, a week in North Carolina, a week in Florida, a wedding gown, four burial plots -- the list goes on of items and services on the auction block tomorrow at St. John Catholic Church's Fall Roundup '94.

The doors for this second annual fund-raiser will open at 7 p.m.


Auctioneer Tom O'Farrell starting the bidding at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of St. John's School on Monroe Street in Westminster.

Because last year's event was such a success, the auction committee has expanded and will auction off about 300 items, said publicity committee member Sam Mathias.


"One woman on the committee brought it up, and Koons Auto wanted to do something," he said, explaining how the cars became available.

"She wasn't expecting a car, but as things went along, it looked like there would be a used car, then a new car, then ended up with one of each," said Mr. Mathias.

Something the size and price of a car, of course, can't be a total donation.

For the 1994 black Protege, a $10,750 minimum bid is required, and for the Monte Carlo, $1,800, which will go to the dealer. Anything over the minimum bids will go to the church.

"The Monte Carlo is a two-door and has only 49,500 miles on it and looks real nice," Mr. Mathias said.

If you don't need a car, there are plenty of other things on which to bid.

Maybe the car you have needs an oil change. That's among the services offered.

Use of several hotel rooms and townhouses is up for grabs.


Redecorating? How about a picture frame, vase or flower arrangement? Those are on the list.

The Rev. John DoBranski of St. John's has donated an original acrylic painting of an Ocean City sunset.

Maybe a round of golf with one of the pastors would be relaxing.

Bid on a gourmet dinner at a local restaurant or country inn. Pick up a book, craft kit, or some music.

Add a cashmere jacket to your wardrobe.

Get the kids youth memberships to the YMCA. Landscape the front yard with flowers and shrubs.


Proceeds will go to the school and church, which opens its facilities to community groups for activities, Mr. Mathias said.

In addition to the live auction, a silent auction will be held, where items are displayed on tables to be bid on silently.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

The admission price includes hot and cold hors d'oeuvres by Owen Gourmet Catering and music by the country band Redwood.

Tea, coffee and soda, and a cash bar also will be featured.

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