HARTFORD – Put another Greater Hartford Women’s Auxiliary event in the win column! Their 2014 Spring Luncheon and Auction was held at the Pond House Café on May 8 before an enthusiastic group of supporters and friends. This annual event drew a crowd of auxiliary members and guests eager to participate in one of Greater Hartford’s best events. The food was wonderful, as always, and the crowd was excited to finish lunch so that they could get right down to the business at hand… bidding on some outstanding items looking for new homes!
NBC 30 CT Anchor Brad Drazen served as the head auctioneer, a job that he has become extremely good at, because like anything, the key to success is… practice, practice, practice. This is the sixth year that Brad has served. He knows how to get the "best buck for the bid" to raise funds for grants to help support many Greater Hartford Salvation Army programs. Please see the end of this article for a full listing of what deserving programs received this year’s awards.
Women’s Auxiliary President Sandra Bobowski commented, "I am gratefully amazed and delighted by the wonderful supporters of our Auxiliary – those who donate and those who come. Their love for the work of The Salvation Army is truly a gift. A heartfelt 'Thank You' to all. And, to all of our behind-the-scenes workers, thank you too! Thank you! It would not happen without you."
The Women’s Auxiliary would also like to thank the following groups for their generous donations: Pickin' Patch - Avon; Playhouse on Park - West Hartford; Infinity Music Hall and Bistro - Norfolk; The Pond House - Hartford; Faith, Hope & Charity; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - Hartford; Lake Compounce - Bristol; TheaterWorks - Hartford; Carbone’s -Hartford; Mark Twain House & Museum - Hartford; Harry’s Bishops Corner - West Hartford; NBC CT; and many more!
Salvation Army Associate Area Services Coordinator, Captain Christine Glasco, said, "We had another wonderful spring event that would not have been possible without the help of our Auxiliary officers, donors of every kind, and everyone who supported our event in any way. May God bless you all and thanks so very much!"
2014 Grant Recipients
Hartford North End Corps for paint, supplies, shrubs, plants, and flowers to beautify the exterior of the Corps building - $1,000.00
Human services Bureau to provide camperships for four seniors for Senior Respite Camp - $1,000.00
Hartford Temple Corps to purchase a new laptop for Corps programs and to purchase Vacation Bible School materials - $1,000.00
Hartford Citadel Corps to purchase training materials for The Landing – a ministry that provides a safe place for teens and young adults to deal with challenges, develop coping skills, and cultivate healthy relationships - $859.27
Greater Hartford Area Services to support the different Salvation Army programs of Greater Hartford - $1,000.00
Marshall House to help purchase a two-door, 49 cubic foot reach-in commercial freezer - $1,000.00
The Right Place (Sigourney Street and the North End) to purchase children’s books - $499.00
Human Services Bureau to provide camperships for four young people for Youth Camp - $1,000.00
Hartford North End Corps to purchase food to feed program kids on Saturdays - $1,000.00
Human Services Bureau to purchase a new hand truck and a new cart for the Food Pantry - $808.42