WILTON – A silent auction to benefit the Haitian victims of Hurricane Jeanne is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the North Dining Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus.

Sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the community event involves churches in the Farmington-Wilton area. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

Proceeds will go to the 2004 Haiti Hurricane Relief Fund, which is providing emergency assistance to Haiti through Episcopal Relief and Development of the national church.

Items to be auctioned will include donations of time, talent and treasure, which should be received by Nov. 3.

Examples of time and talent might include catered-theme meals, a pie once a month for a year, leaf raking or snow shoveling, music lessons, painting services, use of a camp for a weekend.

Donated treasures could include art works, antiques, gift certificates or gift baskets, ski tickets or wood for stove or fireplace.

Efforts to help the Haitians also have been taken on by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine and individual churches within the diocese. The efforts have been going on for several years. The church program to aid Haitians matches U.S. parishes with ones in Haiti.

A number of people from the diocese have traveled to Haiti to provide assistance. The Rev. Tim Walmer, rector of St. Luke’s, will get a first-hand look at conditions in Haiti when he goes there in November with others from the diocese.

Corey Walmer, chairwoman of the silent auction, may be contacted for more information at 778-5752 or at St. Luke’s, 645-2639.


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