Thursday, August 24, 2006
A silent auction is scheduled to benefit the residents at Hillcrest Manor and Rehabilitation Center in Sunnyside. It will begin on Friday, Aug. 25 and will continue until Friday, Sept. 8.
The auction sheets or descriptions of the items with photos will be available and posted in Paradise Boulevard, a hall in Hillcrest Manor.
More than 100 items have been collected for the auction. The items will be on display in the cozy family room at Hillcrest on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. until Friday, Sept. 8, at 12 p.m. A barbecue, which is open to the public, will follow the auction on Sept. 8 at 12 p.m.
"Families of patients bid against families of patients and doctors bid against doctors. It gets pretty heated and it is a lot of fun," said Mary Arthur the administrator of Hillcrest Manor. According to Arthur, people call in over the phone to place bids and try to out-bid one another.
The proceeds will be put to use to re-do the patio area located in Memory Lane Park, which is used by residents, staff and the public. Hillcrest holds barbecues once a week from May to September that are open to all.
"Hillcrest is a home, not an institution," Arthur said. In the last month Hillcrest has been making efforts to create an atmosphere that feels as if the employees work in a resident's home, rather than the residents being at the employee's work place.
The proceeds from the auction will help to ensure that the residents will have that home-like feeling.
Arthur encourages the public to stop by any time and look at the description sheets and start bidding. The items include original oil paintings, curtains, doilies, framed pictures, a book about Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, a pool cue holder, decorative shelves and much more.
For further information contact Mary Arthur at 509-837-2122 or on the web at firstname.lastname@example.org.