The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation is excited to be hosting the first Fund Raising Art Auction and Dinner on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Columbia Station in Phoenixville.

All proceeds from this event will help support education in the Phoenixville area.

The evening includes a Silent Auction from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with all proceeds to benefit the nonprofit foundation, followed by dinner and an art presentation. The function will begin at 6 p.m. with a 90-minute preview party offering an American Contemporary menu catered by Robert Ryan of Columbia Station.

A Ross Galleries live auction will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. It will feature oils, watercolors, lithographs, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and sculpture.

Ross Galleries representative Lori Morse said that she is very excited that the fundraiser supports the Phoenixville Education Foundation.

"When (Phoenixville Area School District Superintendent) Dr. Noyes first asked that an art auction be organized as a fundraiser for education, I feared it would be a huge undertaking," said organizer Nan Odenthal, PASD Community Relations Coordinator and Phoenixville Community Education Foundation Vice President. "But as it turns out, Ross Galleries has provided clear direction and the school and community volunteerism has been really strong, helping everything to fall into place nicely."

More than 50 works of art by local students, teachers, school district staff and the community will be displayed at the event.

PASD Transportation Supervisor Jean Kern will exhibit two framed photographs. One work focuses on the foundry building while the other is "an interesting take on instruments."

When not working for the district, Kern follows Phil Lesh and members of the Grateful Dead and snaps photos along the way.

Donations for the silent auction include two full family memberships to the YMCA, $1,000 box seats to the Sixers, passes to the Phillies, meals at several area restaurants, car inspections and lubes, manicures, gift baskets, paintings, memberships to Curves and Slim and Tone and jewelry.

Individuals as well as business donated to the silent auction.

"We cannot thank Columbia Station and Bob Ryan enough for their generous contributions including a free hall and the great dinner he will cater. He continues to be a big supporter of education in Phoenixville," said Odenthal.

Tickets are available for $35 by calling Odenthal at 484-614-4754 and will also be sold at the door.

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