Home Front Christian Out-reach (HFCO) hosted a silent auction and banquet last weekend, for the second year, to benefit the hundreds of families who receive supplies from the HFCO on a regular basis.The organization rented the Union Fire Company No. 1 of Oxford's banquet hall and welcomed approximately 160 guests. The hall was lined with long tables which were sponsored by local businesses and individuals. (See list of sponsors at end of article)
Door prizes were donated by Southern Chester County Pharmacy, Oxford Farm market, Morning Glories, Lisa Pierson and Honeysuckle Trail Country Clubs. Centerpieces were donated by Honeybunches Floral Design.
The delicious buffet-style dinner was catered by Bread and Butter Catering of Oxford.
Due to a collaboration of generous local businesses and private donors, there was over 119 items up for bid, ranging from jewelry to livestock.
"So many people have given so generously to make this event a reality," said Larry Wyatt, Director of HFCO. "I would like to say a special thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who have donated items; and praise the Lord for an awesome group of volunteers, coordinated by Missy Buell, who planned and organized the wonderful evening; and most importantly, we thank God for His grace, calling and provision."
Wyatt has been with HFCO for four years and says that every year the group "grows leaps and bonds, and this year it has grown the most."
"Our primary goal, especially with events like this silent auction, is to reach people for Christ," said Wyatt.
Currently, HFCO is serving approximately 370 low-or no-income families in the local areas on a weekly basis, and even more around the holidays. They provide families with food, clothing, furniture and any supplies and materials that are needed around the home.
Some clients of the HFCO gave personal testimonies of how the center benefited their life. Other special features of the evening included pianist Don Bristol and caricature artists Sam and Kate Mylin.
Although the event was mainly for adults, children were welcome. In Fact, several students from the New London Youth Group donated their time to the event to work the soda bar, bus tables, help with dinner and even provide some child care as parents made their way around the many tables filled with items for auction.
Will go towards HFCO operating expenses, which will then be redistributed into the community through its charity efforts. Last year's silent auction raised approximately $12,000.
"Last year, we got a good response from the community, and we hope this event grows every year," said Wyatt. "We're maxed out here tonight, so this is wonderful."
Silver Sponsors: Walsh Excavating, Oxford Center for Dance, First National Bank of Chester County, Dollinger Electric, Inc., R. Samuel McMichael, George G. Heiney, II, Oxford Mobile Home Community, Oxford Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Nottingham Flea Market, Jennersville Self Storage, Oxford Mini Storage, Jack's Plumbing and Heating, Inc. and Andy Arnold. Gold Sponsors: National Penn Bank and McCormick Orthodontics; and Platinum Sponsors Herr Foods, Inc., MCS Electrical Contractors and Cameron's Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.