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Strawberry Hill to host fundraising auction

James Rada Jr.
News Correspondent

(11/1) Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve is hosting their 8th Annual Auction Dinner, "Art from Nature," on Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Liberty Mountain Resort in Carroll Valley. The auction dinner is a fundraiser for Adams County's only non-profit environmental education center and preserve. The event primarily consists of a social hour, silent auction, dinner, raffles, and a live auction.

This year the live auction will feature art items inspired by nature. A four-paneled stained glass of Strawberry Hill's Historic 1798 Log Cabin, in all four seasons, will be the featured item. However, there will also be handcrafted woodwork made from trees found on the preserve, along with various paintings, pottery, and nature photography.

Also new for this year is a photo contest focused on nature found at Strawberry Hill. Donated photos will be used for a raffle, the silent auction, and the live auction. The five top photos chosen by the event committee will be enlarged, framed, and displayed at the event and around Adams County. These photographs will be voted on by those who attend the auction. The photograph that receives the most votes will be featured in a half page article in the 2010 January/February edition of Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine. Strawberry Hill is open to anyone submitting a photograph! They just ask that the photograph be taken at the Preserve.

Strawberry Hill is still looking for artists who would be interested in donating some of their work for the event. All proceeds from the donated art will be used to support Strawberry Hill's environmental education programs.

If interested in attending the Auction Dinner, would like to make a donation, or would like participate in the photo contest, please contact Strawberry Hill for more details at (717)642-5840 or info@strawberryhill.org.

For more than 23 years Strawberry Hill has protected 600 acres of land, two high quality stream corridors, and numerous wetlands. The preserve has provided recreational opportunities through our various cultural and environmental programs and by maintaining ten miles of trails that are open to the public. Strawberry Hill's environmental education programs have enriched Adams County's local school programs by providing interactive exploration of natural life cycles, plant-animal relationships, ecology, and habitat to over 5,000 school children annually.

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