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ITHACA, N.Y. — The Greater Ithaca Activities Center hosted a brunch and auction Saturday, September 16, to raise funds, promote awareness of their programs, and strengthen their relationship with the community.

Goods from over 50 local businesses were donated to the silent auction, as well as tickets, valued at $1200, which were donated by the New York Yankees Organization.

Lot 10 Lounge gave their space to use for the event, including the kitchen, which GIAC’s youth catering team utilized. The fare was hearty and wholesome. Proteins offered included vegan options, and the team, led by Coordinator Jay Stooks, gave off a cheerful professionalism.

Rising local non-profit Dish Truck rounded out the food side of things, ensuring that the nitty-gritty matter of cutlery and waste disposal were taken care of, and even provided sustainable alternatives to the typical single-serve event products.

GIAC Program Assistant Candice Wade handled the decorations, crafting colorful balloon arrangements and trimmings, which complimented and enriched the event space.

“Some of this money that comes in,” stated GIAC Director Leslyn McBean-Claiborne, “will go towards things like scholarships and to help our flagship youth program.”

Jacob is a videographer & digital media contributor for The Ithaca Voice.