Young Mothers Study Club Preparing for Annual Auction

Photo courtesy Young Mothers Study Club Facebook.

WARREN, Pa. – The Young Mothers Study Club will be holding its annual silent auction on Wednesday, July 28.

The event will take place at Bent Run Brewing Company in Warren from 11-8 p.m. The cost is $20.

The Young Mothers Study Club is a non-profit organization that unites young mothers and promotes educational and charitable causes in the community.

“Every year we pick three different organizations and this year the proceeds will benefit Addie’s Gift, Caring For Life and the Women’s Care Center,” said club president Kassie Damcott.

“Addie’s Gift is Alicia Gatto’s non-profit, and they provide cuddle cots. When a baby is stillborn, the cuddle cot (which acts as a cooling device) allows the parents to spend precious time with their baby. She also gives families the means to obtain therapy and different things like that for pregnancy and infant loss.

“Caring For Life provides families that have seriously ill children with gas cards, gift cards, therapy and counseling outlets. Basically, anything they need while their child is in the hospital. They also do mom prom every year.

“The Women’s Care Center of Warren provides low or no cost pre and postnatal care, STD testing, pregnancy tests and parenting classes where dads can come as well. You can earn points for car seats, clothes, bottles and things like that through the classes you take.”

And there is going to be plenty of fun throughout the day, including but not limited to a whole host of Chinese auction items, 20 large silent auction baskets, as well as live music all day, a choice of one of three different meals, a dessert table and door prizes.

“We usually have it at the Conewango Club, but in 2020 we didn’t have the auction,” Damcott said. “We were one week away when COVID hit and shut everything down. And the bands that will be there all day are donating their time.

“All the donations come from local businesses. We take something from each basket and build the basket around it. It’s basically building something around a locally donated item.”

Damcott explained that they try and pick different places and organizations to help each year.

“The past benefits were for the Children’s Advocacy Center, Hospice, Sugar Grove Free United Methodist Church, Food Bank – every year we try and pick different ones,” Damcott said. “We’ll rotate them in every few years. It’s essentially two dozen places that directly help women and children.”

“The proceeds get spread out evenly between the three organizations,” Damcott said. “Someone from the organization will be there all day. We’re an open club and always looking for new members. We’re going to have an open house in September, and anyone who wants to join before that and come to the open house is obviously welcome”

For more information, which also includes the club’s annual backpack drive, check out their Facebook Page.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting a club member and can also be purchased at the door the day of the event.