Digital Exclusive: Johnson College hosts 4th annual auction to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Students in Johnson College’s Carpentry and Cabinetmaking Program had their handmade work auctioned off for charity on Wednesday.

The fourth annual auction included 73 unique pieces crafted and designed by the students in Program Director Todd Campbell’s class.

“Even with COVID, my students, I can’t say enough for them, they showed up every day and they said ‘okay, we’re gonna do it’,” Campbell said.

Campbell says repurposed wood was used to make the cutting boards, tables, furniture and more. It took students like Josh Bilinski an entire semester to work on them in between homework and classes.

“They’re going for a good cause, going to people who want them, and then the money goes to people who need it,” Bilinski said.

All the money raised helps kids in our community. Rosemary Bhoenek, Fundraising Coordinator at the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA, says the cash is vital to the nonprofit, as last year’s auction was canceled due to COVID-19.

“Proceeds go to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center to continue providing free services to the abused and neglected children of NEPA,” Bohenek said.

Senior Camryn Kuchak says he enjoyed working with his classmates and is proud of his finished products, but most important, the meaning behind them.

“It’s a great feeling to have the work we’ve all made here go to such an amazing cause,” Kuchak said.

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