Friends of Peninsula Community Library hosting online auction fundraiser | Old Mission Gazette Photo
Friends of Peninsula Community Library hosting online auction fundraiser | Old Mission Gazette Photo
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The Friends of Peninsula Community Library (PCL) is excited to announce that their silent auction fundraiser is now underway. The Friends group is a non-profit organization that serves as the major source of funding for the library’s programs and activities.

As with many events these days, the auction is a virtual one, with everything listed online at a special PCL page on Bidding Owl, a website that hosts virtual auctions. Check out the PCL auction page here, and view and bid on items here.

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“We have over 100 items, including numerous art and craft works, foods, gift certificates, books, media and a few surprises,” says Mary Kennedy, President of Friends of PCL.

She adds, “Our wonderful library uses funds that the Friends raise to pay for the majority of the library’s programs and services, which have been exceedingly used over the past year. Thank you for helping us!”

The bidding is now underway and continues through Friday, April 16, at 8 p.m. Before bidding, you must register as a bidder, which includes features such as sending an email or text when you’ve been outbid and notifying you when you’ve won.

Winners are asked to pay for items in exact cash or check on one of the scheduled pickup days at the PCL Carriage House next to the library at 2893 Island View Road on the Old Mission Peninsula. The pickup days are Saturday, April 17, 2-4 p.m., and Monday, April 19, 4:30-6 p.m.

Items have been donated by Old Mission Peninsula community residents, artists and businesses. Yours truly has donated three framed photos – of Mission Point Lighthouse, Carpenter Hill during blossom time, and our friendly neighborhood eagle outside our window. At this writing, it looks like you’ll have to outbid my niece, Heatherlyn Johnson, on those last two. 🙂

Other items include hand-crafted wooden pieces, all sorts of gorgeous artwork and jewelry, Mary Lyon’s famous cherry pie (!), a Boathouse gift certificate, Warren Orchards gift bag (honey! mugs! a gift certificate!), hand-knitted shawls by OMP Crafter Becky Dykstra, gourmet dinner by Neahtawanta Chef Extraordinaire Brit Eaton, a basket of pressed flower items from my neighbor Grace Rudd, a “Bouquet a Month” and Succulent Terrarium from Hooper’s Farm Gardens, a multitude of books (some signed, some first edition), and so much more!

Happy Bidding! (I will not be telling you which items I’m bidding on. 🙂

Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Community Library on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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