The Founders Day Auction sponsored by the Cochranton Area Redevelopment Effort (CARE) will highlight several local artisans. Featured prominently during the auction will be historical drawings by Mark Roche, a 48” round solid oak pedestal table made by Wilfred Douglass, a solid cherry bowl carved by Al Zurney, leather goods by Mark Yoder, a carved wooden sign by Ron Oswald, lap quilts by Dianne Eakin and Tricia Maloney and, of course, this year’s queen size quilt by the Undercover Girls quilt group. Both Paul Rudy and Bob Morrison have helped the group refinish some older pieces of furniture donated by Gary Ross of G&T Clean Out Service.
Local businesses have also contributed. Becky’s Bakery will add a plate of homemade baked goods to the auction as well as gift cards from Parkside Restaurant and the Motzing Center. Both local banks, First National and Mercer County State, have contributed as has the local Women’s Club. Members of the local Senior Center will add homemade pies and cookies to the refreshment bar along with Smokey Martin’s pulled pork sandwiches.
CARE’s auction committee has been busy gathering up goods for the basket raffle as well. The group would like to thank the countless number of contributors to this special part of the auction. Many local residents has given generously with new or gently used items that will only add to the excitement of the evening. Participants in the library’s Crafters Co-op have donated a basket of their own filled with craft supplies and crafted treasures. Pampas Creek Perennials has gifted the group with a garden basket and snack baskets from both Miller’s Country Store and Windy Knoll have been donated.
The Founders Day Auction will be held on Saturday, April 6, at the Cochranton Community Church on RT 285, Cochranton. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. At 6 pm, Jill Tucker, auctioneer, will begin the live auction. Proceeds from the auction will help fund the 2019 projects including French Creek enhancements and events, green space development and historical programs. The group is non-profit and dedicated to enriching the community and surrounding area for both residents and visitors. The event is free and open to the public.