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Enthusiasm & Restaurant List Grows As Chef Auction Fundraiser Nears

Posted September 19, 2023 at 8:49 am

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation, in partnership with the 1889 Foundation, is looking to make a difference in the lives of local students through the reinvigorated Chef Auction fundraiser. Additional restaurants and a growing number of silent and live auction items are continuing to allow the Chef Auction to blossom as the event date nears.

The Chef Auction will take place on Wednesday, October 11, at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown, beginning at 5 PM. A total of nine restaurants are slated to attend the event, which will also hold both a silent and live auction.

The list of restaurant attendees includes Ace’s, Balance Restaurant, Journey Restaurant, Nemacolin, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Sunnehanna Country Club, Craft Kitchen at Stone Bridge Brewing, Anthony’s Restaurant, and the Conemaugh Culinary Team.

WTAJ news anchor Marty Radovanic will serve as the emcee for the occasion.

“We are very excited to bring back the Chef Auction after so many years, which was previously hosted by the 1889 Foundation,” stated Carole VanMeter, Director of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation. “The Chef Auction will be a night filled with great food and good company, with all the proceeds going to a worthy cause. Our goal for this event is to help students as much as we can, and I believe we are going to make a positive impact.”

All proceeds from the Chef Auction are going to the College’s Supporting Scholars Fund, which includes the Destination Graduation, Emerging Leader, and Presidential Scholarships. Plus, some funds will be put toward future culinary-related academic scholarships.

The silent auction prizes are comprised of gift cards, bed and breakfast stays, golf packages, event passes, and vacations, which contain destinations such as Pleasures and Treasures of Tuscany, Greek Islands, Sedona, a James Bond Getaway, and Tropical Costa Rica.

For the live auction, each participating restaurant will be donating a unique experience for the respective winner. There will also be a six-course French explorations dinner for 10 guests available to bid on.

Interested restaurants should reach out to the Penn Highlands Foundation to inquire about vendor options for the evening at foundation@pennhighlands.edu or 814.262.6448.

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About the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation
The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation is an innovative non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of the College with financial resources and scholarships through seeking and securing funds. The College Foundation offers over 10 diverse scholarships to students pursuing an education at Penn Highlands Community College. To donate to the College Foundation, visit www.pennhighlands.edu/donate/.

About Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (www.pennhighlands.edu)
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has served over 60,000 community members throughout western Pennsylvania, including the Laurel Highlands and Southern Alleghenies regions. Offering over 35 degree and certificate programs in seven unique pathways, Penn Highlands has the highest graduation rate of all Pennsylvania community colleges.

About the 1889 Foundation
1889 Foundation’s mission is to support innovative programs and initiatives that improve and transform the overall health and wellness of our region. Through collaborations and partnerships, with a focus on population health, the Foundation is dedicated to making meaningful change in the areas that are negatively impacting the health and well-being of our local communities. For more about the 1889 Foundation, visit www.1889foundation.org.