State College

Mount Nittany Medical Center charity ball tickets sold out, auction still live

Tickets are sold out for the Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center’s 67th annual charity ball on Saturday, but an online auction to benefit the hospital’s healing garden will be live until noon Friday.

There are 50 items up for anyone to bid on the online auction. Items range from jewelry and sports memorabilia to helicopter tours of Happy Valley and gift baskets from local businesses.

The goal is to raise $150,000 for the garden, which hospital communications coordinator Erin Welsh said will break ground this spring. The garden will be next to the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion.

“The garden will be completed in phases,” she said. “Different types of flowers and trees will be planted based on optimal growing seasons. It will also have a water feature and evergreen screens. It’s been a huge collaboration between Penn State Master Gardeners and people in the gardening community.”

Welsh said the foundation launched another fundraising effort this week.

The foundation is also selling 250 tickets for $100 each for a German-European driving experience, and one ticket will be drawn at 10 p.m. Saturday for a trip to Germany.

“It’s courtesy of Mercedes Benz in State College with round-trip air fare for two from Philadelphia or Newark for four nights and five days in Germany to go on a Mercedes Benz factory tour and a self guided driving tour through the Black Forest and up the Austrian Alps.”

Tickets for the drawing can be bought at the event.

For those not attending, raffle tickets for the trip to Germany can be bought by calling 234-6777 until 5 p.m. Friday.