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‘Basket Ballyhoo’ Raises Nearly $5,000 for Madigan Library

Attendees make their choices from more than three dozen creative entries.Friday evening’s “Basket Ballyhoo,” a book-themed benefit auction held in the Professional Development Center, raised nearly $5,000 for the Roger and Peggy Madigan Library.

“I’m very pleased to announce that we made $4,858,” said Margaret A. ‘Peggy’ Barbour, who with her committee of campus volunteers tirelessly spearheaded the creative initiative to raise money for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new library.

College employees and student groups donated items to fill baskets based on a chosen book. Themes for the 39 packages represented an array of interests including food, travel, hobbies and literature and were contained in “baskets” ranging from luggage to lawn chairs. The packages ranged in value up to $550.

The following baskets were chosen as among the crowd’s favorites; they each will have a book donated to the library in their creators’ names.

“A Richer Forest,” donated by the Lumley Aviation Center

“The Adventures of Curious George,” donated by Theresa and Rick Wyland.

“Riding The Bus With My Sister: A True-Life Journey,” donated by The Advisement Center

“Has Me Curious”
“Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde: An Insider’s Guide to Film Slang,” donated by Instructional Technology and Distance Learning

“I Want to Win That!”
“Pride and Prejudice,” donated by the Library Staff

“Makes Me Go ‘WOW!'”
“Chocolat,” donated by Academic Support Services

Best Overall
“Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul: Inspirational Stories About Love and Romance,” donated by The Admissions Office

In addition to the “Stories in a Basket” packages, a drawing was held for two high-end baskets: a Community Arts Center basket that included tickets for performances, refreshments in the Patron’s Lounge, movie passes and more (won by Dorine Skorinko); and a Le Jeune Chef basket that included certificates for dinners and brunches at the restaurant, as well as other treats (won by Lenore Penfield). A silent auction and a raffle for door prizes also were held.

Beautiful book-themed baskets auctioned at 'Ballyhoo' event.The “Stories in a Basket” entries, their donors and winners follow:

  1. “Chocolat,” Academic Support Services – Sylvia Broadhuhn
  2. “Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul: Inspirational Stories About Love and Romance,” Admissions Office – Kim Bolig
  3. “Riding the Bus With My Sister: A True-Life Journey,” Advisement Center – Sherri Mohr
  4. “Busy People’s Fun, Fast. Festive Christmas Cookbook,” Christine Atkins – Alice Schuster
  5. “Snoozers,” “The Going to Bed Book” and “Goodnight Moon,” Christine Atkins – Wayne Sheppard
  6. “A Richer Forest,” Lumley Aviation Center – Patrice Friant
  7. “Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons,” Peggy Barbour and Linda Morris – Dawn Powell
  8. “The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh,” The College Store – Bill Martin
  9. “Housekeeping,” a Novel, Gail Campbell – Pat Scheib
  10. “Fairy Tales,” Les and Lisa Caputo – Claire Caputo
  11. “Claud Mann’s ‘Dinner and a Movie’ Cookbook,” Laura Carson – Elizabeth Verbos
  12. “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” Children’s Learning Center – Gayle Greevy
  13. “The Secret Life of Bees,” College Information and Community Relations – Katie Reed
  14. “Professional Baking,” College West-Delaware Hall 200 – Beth Saar
  15. “Dead Body Language,” Counseling, Career and Disability Services – Darla Haines
  16. “King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian,” Anonymous – Myra Shaffer
  17. “30-Minute ‘Get Real’ Meals” and “365: No Repeats,” Financial Aid Office – Kathy Lehman
  18. “The Food and Mood Cookbook,” Food Services – Patricia Scott
  19. “The Cool Girl’s Guide to Knitting,” Davie Jane Gilmour – Jenny Maurer
  20. “The Rubber Stamper’s Bible,” Fred Gilmour – Lisa Caputo
  21. “Hershey’s Classic Recipes,” Grammy Sue’s Cakes and Cookies – Carolyn Strickland
  22. “How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life,” Institutional Advancement Office – Darlene Warner
  23. “Strike the Babe and Kill the Blonde: An Insider’s Guide to Film Slang,” Instructional Technology and Distance Learning – Megan Ripka
  24. “The Polar Express,” Library – Sylvia Broadhuhn
  25. “Maiden Voyage,” Crystal D. Michael – Linda Morris
  26. “Beach Music,” President’s Council – JoAnn Eichenlaub
  27. “The Night Before Christmas,” Registrar’s Office – Dee Griggs
  28. “Home Sweet Home Afghans,” “Rainbow Wraps for Baby,” “Patchwork Afghans Through the Years” and “Crochet Spectacular Polish Stars,” Office of Strategic Planning and Research – Jenny Maurer
  29. “The Giving Tree,” Residence Life Office – Kelly Alexander
  30. “Oxford Pocket Dictionary and Thesaurus,” School of Construction and Design Technologies – Sue Major
  31. “City Tavern Cookbook,” School of Hospitality – Darlene Warner
  32. “It’s Potty Time,” Student Activities Office – Davie Jane Gilmour
  33. “Disney Princess Learning Series,” Verna Caruso, Michelle Aunkst and Janet Kryder – Michele West Door prizes, both whimsical and practical, were sold in 'silent auction.'
  34. “Dance Upon the Air,” Bernadine Welickovitch and Judy Barr – Michael DiPalma
  35. “The Adventures of Curious George,” Theresa and Rick Wyland – Katherine Grisewood
  36. “A Year in Provence,” Henriette and David Evans – Susan Hartranft
  37. “The Cask of Amontillado,” Anonymous – Henriette Evans
  38. “Pride and Prejudice,” Library Staff – Laura Dickinson
  39. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Early Educators Student Organization – Myra Shaffer

Master of ceremonies for the event was Tom Speicher, video production developer for the college.

Photos by Phillip C. Warner, student writer/photographer

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