PIQUA — There’s a saying that when one door closes, another opens. Piqua Compassion Network puts a different spin on that old adage: the doors never close; instead, each doorway leads to yet another open door.
“That’s the aim of PCN — we help people open doors to a better future,” said Executive Director Ann Hoover.
In order to keep opening doors for individuals and families through programs like Basic Needs Assistance and Getting Ahead, the non-profit PCN holds events like its annual fundraiser, “The Light of Christmas,” in which donors contribute wreaths and trees to be auctioned off in mid-November, with proceeds going to PCN.
“The beautiful thing about auctioning trees and wreaths is that if you have enough for your own décor, they make fantastic gifts, especially for shut-ins,” Hoover noted. “We prefer tabletop trees up to five feet tall.”
This is the third year that PCN has held “The Light of Christmas,” which draws creations ranging from simplistic to spectacular. Contributions can be traditional — red, gold and green — or whimsical — like one peacock-blue decoration that was donated in the past, according to PCN board member Amy Booher. From tinsel and holly to bells and battery-operated lights, they’ve seen it all.
Donations come from individuals, businesses, families and organizations, Hoover said, adding that PCN is currently taking promises for trees and wreaths.
“This year will be the first time that we’ll have gift cards and some prizes, too,” Hoover said, hinting that there might be another bigger-ticket item in the works as well.
More than 50 wreaths were donated last year, and both Booher and Hoover enthusiastically challenge the public to top that number.
Those interested in participating in “The Light of Christmas” can download donation packets at PCN’s website, www.pcncares.org, where they also can view a video of the event’s first year.
“They can also pick up packets at PCN or we will deliver packets to them,” Hoover said.
The trees and wreaths will be displayed at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, and auctioned off from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 12-14. Bidding will close at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.
“It’s a three-day event, and all three days are open to the public,” Booher emphasized. “It will culminate in a gala event (with hors d’oeuvres and desserts) that is free to the public.”
“The Light of Christmas” is sponsored by Piqua Concrete Corporation; Crayex Corporation; Mullenbrock & Associates; Paul Sherry Chrysler Dodge & RV; Miami Valley Centre Mall; Stillwater Valley Catering and MyMiamiCounty.com.
PCN is located at 339 South St. in the old South Street School building. For questions and other information, call (937) 778-8856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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