SELINSGROVE — The Transitions 32nd annual auction, “Global Issues, Local Solutions,” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Susquehanna University’s Evert dining room. The 2019 Auction features speakers, an extensive live and silent auction, dessert dash, live music and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Live and silent auction items include a variety of unique dinner and cocktail parties, tropical escapes to Maui and Florida, weekend getaways, as well as hand-crafted jewelry.

The keynote speaker is Katelyn Gaumer, who will share her personal experience as a domestic violence survivor. She decided to leave an abusive relationship when the abuse turned to her children. Det. William Neitz, the 2019 recipient of the Pete Macky Advocacy Award, also will be awarded for his years of service to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Neitz served on the statewide legislative commission to address human trafficking in Pennsylvania.

All proceeds from the auction support Transitions’ mission of creating “safer families and safer communities.” The 2019 Transitions annual auction will directly support violence prevention education throughout Union, Snyder and Northumberland counties. One-hundred percent of funds raised also directly support survivors with housing assistance, food and supportive services, such as professional counseling and attorney representation.

Last year, Transitions served 2,520 adults and 181 children in Union, Snyder and Northumberland Counties. There were 4,452 students in area schools who participated in education programs for healthy relationships focused on prevention and safety.

Auction sponsors include Weis Markets, UPMC Health Plan, Geisinger, Evangelical Community Hospital, M&T Bank, Larson Design Group, Wood-Mode, PPL Electric Utilities, First National Bank, Fulton Bank, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust, Orchard Pump & Supply Co. Inc., Sunbury Motor Co. and BZ Motors. The in-kind sponsors are the Beer Barn, Computition, The Daily Item, Details Matter, Hess’s Auctioneering, The Miller Center, Pro Musicians, Purity Candy and the UPS Store.

Tickets to the 2019 Transitions auction “Global Issues, Local Solutions” can be purchased online at www.transitionsofpa.org or at the door until the night of the auction. Tickets are limited, $60 per person.

Transitions is the comprehensive crisis center serving Union, Snyder and Northumberland counties which provides advocacy, empowerment, and education to victims, survivors, families, and communities to end patterns of violence and abuse. Services include 24-hour sexual assault and domestic violence hotline, emergency safe houses for victims of domestic violence, violence prevention education in schools, medical and legal advocacy for crime victims, trauma counseling, economic empowerment programs, and child counseling and referrals. Transitions, a 501c3 nonprofit, has been in operation since 1975, serves an average of 3,000 clients annually, and has been recognized nationally for its breadth and quality of services.

For questions about the Transitions annual auction, please contact Leslie Yocum at 570-523-1134 or leslie_y@transitionsofpa.org.

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