We SO appreciate all the wonderful donors and bidders who helped make this year’s auction a success. Thank you for being part of this essential fundraising effort to keep SECA running throughout the year!


 We hope everyone is enjoying their auction haul. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t there. Be sure to join us in 2020. Also, we’re sorry if we missed listing someone here. It doesn’t mean we don’t love and thank you. Because we certainly DO!



These tickets – donated by Paul Risk Construction – are in section 132 Row 13. Great seats that are close to the action. The home game is at 8:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. A parking pass is included. The winner need provide an email to SECA as these tickets are mobile and will need to be processed accordingly.



We had oodles of food-related gift certificates thanks to generous donors – in many cases the restaurants/stores themselves. Those include: Buck’s Restaurant (courtesy of Chris Gibson), Bull Frog Inn, Café 24 Hundred (courtesy of Willow Valley), Copper Hill Public House, C.R. Lapps, Daily Grind, Emory’s at Tanglewood,  Fireside Tavern, Hometown Kitchen Restaurant (courtesy of Cliff and Hazel Kent), Jack’s Family Tavern, Kitchen Kettle Village, Kreider’s Market, Lee’s Landing, Melissa’s Country Grille; Mick’s All-American Pub, Maplehofe Dairy, Miller’s Smorgasbord, Nottingham Inn Kitchen & Creamery , P.F. Changs (courtesy of Kathy Enck) , Son’s and Two Cousins Pizza. And if you actually want to cook at home, BB’s and Giant chipped in gift cards, too. (And we had some snicky snacks going, too, thanks to donations to folks such as Herr’s.)



Just in time for the cozy season we auctioned off a bunch of quilts including these two hand-quilted quilts donated by Shirley Risk. The Rose Star is 91x 106 inches and the Star Dahlia is 96×108.









Jan and Don Wagner have donated a 2-night stay at Creekside Cottage.They are also offered a dinner for four at their timber rail cabin. Both are in Drumore and would be a blast!



Again, far too much to list. But think along the lines of items from K Hurd Tinsmith and Y & S Candies or Spring Grove Alpaca Farm. Someone on your list would probably love to play horseshoes and could thanks to a donation from Buck Co.   Fishing Creek Furniture offered up a plant stand and gift certificate. A bud vase made of wood from Tazmania from Rachel Craig Designs? Or maybe someone on your list would like the 3-month membership that Morr Range and Training donated for the auction? Maybe you’ve got a Sopranos fan to buy for. You could bid on a signed Sopranos print from Solanco Glass & Mirror.  Santa would be loved by many if he cleaned cars. And Last Detail donated full detail. And books always make great gifts. We’re thankful that local, renowned illustrators Kim and Barry Root are dropping by some of their books for the block!



Longtime auction supporter Dr. Elizabeth Logan this year generously donated some special coins, collector dolls and more. Jan Wagner, another longtime supporter, offered a Doris Regan teddy bear donation — Lady Silversleeve. 




We had some VERY exciting — and very appreciated — offerings on the block from local artists: Andrew C. Albright Photography, Richard Bollinger  prints (lower right, courtesy of Shirley Risk); Charles Book (left, one of a few donated by Doris Groff), Novelda Ferguson, (below) Catherine Herbert, (mule) Carol Herr, Missy HerrArt Harrington, (the one with pine trees) Steve Wilson and more.













Here’s just a sampling of the fall fun folks found at the auction. This Autumn Goodness basket from Dewald Funeral Home and Cremation, fall floral arrangement from Kathy Barnett and a super snuggly wrap from Wiley’s Pharmacy. And that sweet coffee table?  Folks bid on that, too, thanks to a generous donation from Country Value Woodworks.




Strasburg Scooters donated a guided covered bridge tour for two on single-seat scooters! How fun would that be? Arthur Murray Dance Studio chipped in lessons, Drumore Estate offered up dinner and show and Chaddsford Winery donated four wine tastings. Executive Coach contributed  2 bus tickets to Ocean City, NJ.  Eschbach Bus Service donated a 4 to 6-hour tour of destinations of your chosing. (Think pub crawl, wine tour etc.) Maybe get a bunch of couples together for that last one!


We had fun surprises at our auction that you can’t easily score somewhere else. Example, this sweet collection from the Kilmaine Saints, a Central, Pa-based Celtic rock band whose lead singer, Brendan Power, is a graduate of Solanco. The Saints kicked in some band T-shirts, wrist bands and bumper stickers plus all five Kilmaine Saints CDs, including their newest, “Whiskey Blues & Faded Tattoos.” Give them a listen and come bid you like rock-infused fiddles, bagpipes and all that good fun.




We appreciate the contributions from the green thumbs and floral minded out there such as Custom Container Gardening, Henry’s Greenhouse (orange berries below) and Groff’s Plant Farm (who donated five copies of Carlton Groff’s book as well as not a bunch of rosemary that SECA President and talented green thumb herself Carol Gibson has been putting in arrangements like this one!)  Tansy Meadows kicked in these filled trucks. And several individual friends who are bringing us some beautiful goodies. This may have beenthe the freshest auction ever!



Dear friends contributed baskets like this Italian-themed one. We also had gift baskets and bags from destinations and businesses like Black Rock Retreat, Kilby Cream, Mid-Penn Bank, Wawa and more. We’ll have more than just a little wine in a few baskets thanks to donors including Britain Hill Venue & Vineyard. We can’t possibly list them all but please know we appreciate every last one that our loyal friends and supporters have provided.




Grandma Shrom’s Sandtarts brought us some goodies as usual and Melissa’s Country Grill brought us a fresh coconut cream pie — which inspired one of the evening’s bidding wars.  Our friend Tawn Battiste brought pumpkin yumminess. And we have other friends and supporters who are also fired up their personal ovens to add more delicious offerings.




You’ve seen some Schlitz items at past auctions, but we’re told this is the very last of a donor’s Schlitz collection.





Why not spend a little on yourself to help you dazzle your way through the season? Some of the donations we’ll put up for bid? LuLaRoe clothes with gift certificate from Chelsea Butler; a gift certificate for Fancy Fingers or  Glam it Up, or a gift certificate for Joy’s Antiques where you could score – for example – some sweet vintage bling. And for accomplished treasure hunter crowd, Fashion Cents Consignment, Fashion Exchange and New Hope Community Closet donated gift certificates, too. And Messano Chiropractic donated a $120 gift certificate!




Talk about tradition. Dr. and Mrs. Albright Jr. have for years been chipping in two new bicycles for this auction. Here’s a look at this year’s duo. A SECA board member has this year donated helmets to go with them.




Auction attendees should be well coiffed for the holidays thanks to generous donations from folks such as DJ’S Salon/Barber Shop, Family Hairloom, First Impressions and Strickler’s Barber Shop.



“Experience” gifts are such a great idea for kiddos who have way too much “stuff.” And we had plenty of donated passes to places they’ll love. Among them: Bounce Kraze, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, Choo Choo Barn, Crayola Experience, Dutch Wonderland, Go N Bananas, Hands-on-House Lancaster Science Factory, Laserdome, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone waterpark and the Delaware Museum of Natural History, currently featuring a special exhibit called ‘Be the Dinosaur.’ OK fine. We ARE tossing in a bucket of plastic dinosaurs to go with that last one. At least that’s easy-to-store “stuff.’


For your consideration: A Phillies cap signed by Hector Neris, a signed photo of Pittsburgh Steeler No. 97 Cameron Heyward, an autographed photo of Baltimore Oriole Renato Nunez, an autographed photo of Chicago Cub Ben Zobrist #18, a Ray Lewis autographed poster, a Todd Heap autographed Jersey, and a Ryan Howard autographed baseball! We also had tickets and a swag bag from the Lancaster Barnstormers; tickets for the Harrisburg Senators; a gift certificate to Play it Again Sports; and fitness day passes (donated by a SECA board member) for Spooky Nook Sports. Also, stalwart auction supporters Tanglewood Manor Golf Club is donating a foursome with carts.



Penciling in some family fun? Bidders scored with tickets and gift certificates donated by places like: Adventure Sports in Hershey, Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, Kendig Square Movies 6 , Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, Longwood Gardens, Strasburg Railroad and the National Toy Train Museum. Rep. Bryan Cutler offered a tour of the state Capitol. And Plumpton Park Zoo not only chipped in passes but also some swag and a stuffed camel to tide you over until it’s a nice enough day to visit the real ones.



We had your holiday backs with lots of festive options. We had passes donated by Winterthur and winning biders can now see how that massive garden and mansion (not far from Longwood) is decorated for the holidays. We also had a certificate for a fresh, decorated wreath from Spruce Grove Tree Farm and a certificate for two fresh turkeys from Lindenhof Farm. Hi Beer chipped in gift card to help stock your holiday bar. And Newswanger’s donated one of those coat racks that you wish you had every time all the holiday guests roll in. And Kings Home Furnishings contributed a sweet snowman decoration and SECA vice president Barb Tollinger has offered up a wreath.


Lovers of live performance scored with these auction offerings. Oxford Mainstreet Inc. contributed this gift bag with ticket vouchers good for next summer’s Connective Festival. The 2020 lineup has yet to be announced, but this year’s festival featured not only tons of art activities but bands such as Trout Fishing in America and Blind Melon, of dancing-bee-girl video fame. Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre chipped in a ticket. And Fulton Theatre donated two ticket vouchers for Peter Pan. A SECA board member packaged these with a play pirate map, a Peter Pan golden book and a cool little spyglass. Gift ready!


Maplehofe’s donated an ice cream party for 30 and Hess’s Barbecue gave a take-out party for 12. SECA (in addition to putting a pool membership up on the block) auctioned off a pool party and a building rental and pavilion rental.


We had plenty on the block to satisfy the more practical thinkers among you. Examples: A bucket of supplies from Powl Feed, a new microwave from Martin Appliance, two microwaves from Wayne Boulden/GE, a ceiling fan with light from Cash & Cary, a gift box filled with supplies from Certified Carpet and gift certificates from Abel Tire, Agway, D & J Farm Store (courtesy of Hackman Custom Works) Don Lefever’s Garage, Glenn’s Auto Repair, Groff’s Printing, Resource Rentals, Walter & Jackson and JDog Junk Removal and two car care gift baskets from Stoner Decorating, a car care bucket from Advance Auto Parts, a Voyager gift card from Rhoads Energy and supplies from Quality Digital Office Solutions. We’ll also have some gently used gym equipment on the block. (Extra shout out to Agway for also volunteering to shrink wrap our gift baskets this year!)

This wall quilt was available courtesy of Chris Abel.


** Special thanks to additional support for this event from Robert & Julie Abel, Apex Advertising, Brown Schultz Sherridan & Fritz, CPRS Physical Therapy,  Richard & Jean Risk and Susquehanna Truck Services Inc.

And our thanks to Tanglewood Manor Golf Club for generously donating a big box of coupons for 50 percent off your meal at Emory’s at Tanglewood. Top bidders on each item got those last night. And at the end of the night we did a drawing for a $100 gift certificate from them!