By Mary Schantz
The May Cravath Wharton Association will be holding its 31st annual silent auction this September, and there is good reason for celebration. In thirty years, the auction has raised more than $420,000, all of which goes to help those in need.
Proceeds from the silent auction benefit the mission of the Wharton Association, which strives to uphold the legacy of doctor and founder, May Cravath Wharton, “Doctor Woman of the Cumberlands.” The Wharton Association grants scholarships to area residents, addresses community needs for such things as food, home heating and electricity, and holds special events at the assisted living and long-term care centers in Uplands Village, a not-for-profit retirement community in Pleasant Hill. Funds are also contributed to the Cravath Fund, which supports elders who have outlived their financial resources.
Silent auction hours are 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The auction takes place in the Blue Barn, behind the Wharton Nursing Home on the corner of Main St. and W. Lake Rd. in Pleasant Hill.
For almost two months, volunteers have been gathering in the Blue Barn to sort, catalog and set minimum bids for the hundreds and hundreds of high-quality items that have been donated to the event.
Whether it’s a complete set of Royal Staffordshire “Tonquin” china or Pfaltzgraff dishware, a signed and numbered Charles Harper framed print, artists’ easels, cedar chests, upholstered chairs and sofas, dining room sets, lamps, rugs, TVs, CD and DVD players or a Casio electric keyboard, gold and silver jewelry, quilting frame, or bikes and sports equipment, there’s sure to be at least one “must-have” item to bid on for anyone who attends this year’s three-day event.
Silent auction co-chairs Jim Olds and Laura Riester, both of whom are Uplands Village residents, advise serious bidders to come to the auction as early as possible. In the event of tie bids, the winner is always the earliest bidder. All winning bidders are notified by phone. There will also be many items available at cash and carry prices.