St. Francis House prepares for annual auction

Puyallup: Proceeds to benefit programs that serve families, individuals in need in east Pierce County

Special to the HeraldFebruary 19, 2014 

St. Francis House will present its third annual silent and live auction May 31 at The Manor, 427 N. Meridian. Tickets are $50 and include a meal.

The event, from 6 to 9 p.m., will raise money for the low-income families the nonprofit organization helps. It also will include a fashion show.

Attendees will be able to view and bid on more than 100 items in a silent-auction format. In the past, items have included Keurig machines, jewelry, pottery, framed art and spa certificates.

The fashion show, with a theme “Through the Seasons,” will feature donated clothing at about 7 p.m. Attendees will be able raise their paddles to donate funds to St. Francis House.

The live auction will be interwoven into the fashion show. About 10 to 13 larger items will be available for bids. The items in the live auction are geared more toward groups and families. They generally are valued at more than $1,000.

Funds raised will be used to help renovate a home on the St. Francis House property to help families.

“We serve about 2,500 households of annual low-income families in the area,” said Janel Tobar, director of development and marketing at St. Francis House.

Tickets will be available online in the coming weeks. Registration is mandatory for those who wish to attend.

“A good way to help is even just donating to the cause,” Tobar said.

Korum Automotive Group is sponsoring the event this year.

If you go

Tickets are $50 for regular seating or $75 for VIP seating, which includes a special gift and premiere seating. To donate items for the auction, call 253-770-6991. Donated items can be dropped off at St. Francis House, 322 7th St. SE in Puyallup. For tickets or event registration, visit

Elsy Pawelak is a freelance reporter for the Herald.

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