Holiday season will get early start with Toy Shop fundraiser

Katie Blackburn and Nancy Brown, Toy Shop auxiliary members, with a Marvin Lewis-autographed football from the Bengals Auction Table

Katie Blackburn and Nancy Brown, Toy Shop auxiliary members, with a Marvin Lewis-autographed football from the Bengals Auction Table

 

Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m., Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church, Indian Hill

The Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary is planning its 60th annual Fundraiser & Doll Auction. The holiday event will feature live and silent auctions, as well as a boutique.  

In addition to doll lovers and collectors, the auctions will appeal to Bengals and Reds fans, too.  

The live auction will include a short program during which the award-winning doll dressers receive their ribbons. Patrick Wilson will conduct that auction of more than 20 collectible dolls, all hand-dressed by volunteers. Other items include a handcrafted Cincinnati-themed quilt; an American Girl doll with bedroom furniture and her own toy doll; a Madame Alexander Snow White doll with her prince and the Seven Dwarfs; an international doll with outfits from several countries; and a Madame Alexander doll with storybook and a nursery rhyme-inspired wardrobe.

The silent auction will feature prize-winning dolls from the auxiliary’s doll-dressing program and  a table with Cincinnati Bengals items, including an autographed football, men’s and women’s sports clothing, 50-yard-line tickets to home games, a Bengals quilt, and a Bengals-themed toolbox with two tickets to the Dec. 18 Pittsburgh game.

The silent auction also includes event tickets for Reds games, a Playhouse in the Park performance and other gift items.

In the boutique will be handmade items such as doll quilts, clothing, shoes, hats and scarves. Also included are collectible dolls, doll beds, sleeping bags, sleepwear and Christmas clothing.

A show will feature hundreds of dolls and bears that will be given to children in need this Christmas, along with books from the more than 6,000 selected by Toy Shop members, led by Pat Stewart and Eddy Wilson. The Salvation Army brass ensemble will play Christmas music while guests enjoy homemade cookies, cupcakes, coffee, tea and hot chocolate and other treats, courtesy of the Toy Shop Auxiliary.

The event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.

Colleen Madewell at Madewell@fuse.net

 

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