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Between the Lines

On Saturday, October 18, six nonprofit organizations

are staging their gala fundraising events. The six hope to attract

buyers for tickets that range from $20 to $150.

Perhaps each of these organizations decided that the third Saturday

in October was the ideal day for them, no matter what. But had they

checked the calendar at our website (, they

might have discovered the potential conflicts. As soon as we get a

"save the date" notice we log it in.

A Philadelphia-based event producer, learning of the U.S. 1 online

calendar, voiced regrets that Philadelphia has no similar calendar.

"It’s such a shame," said the producer. "It means we have

the most terrible calendar conflicts."

To the Editor:

I read your mouth-watering article on the hospital rummage

sale (U.S. 1, October 1). I don’t know about the women’s clothing,

but I didn’t see any 1950s Lionel train set, nor any valuable paintings,

nor anything else that might suggest that any items there came from

wealthy families.

What your article doesn’t point out is that the volunteers help themselves

to all the goodies. I even saw one put a handful of items inside a

vehicle before the sale. A woman I know some years ago heard about

a fur coat for sale. She was the first customer inside, but the coat

wasn’t there. She hasn’t returned to the sale. One year, my mother

heard a volunteer say that she (the volunteer) got all the cashmere


Robert Chatten

Volunteers Respond

We would like to thank the community for supporting

out efforts during the 85th annual White Elephant Rummage Sale. The

sale, sponsored by the Auxiliary and benefits University Medical Center

at Princeton, is a labor of love. Some of our volunteers have donated

their time and energy to this event for 30 to 40 years.

We appreciate our dedicated volunteers, who collect items donated.

Beginning in the heat of summer and continuing into the chill of the

fall, they spend Tuesdays and Saturdays sporting and organizing clothes,

books, household goods, and other items. The volunteers sort through

mounds of donated items, inspecting, repairing, and cleaning when

necessary. We even have volunteers who make arrangements with other

charitable organizations for post Rummage Sale pick-ups, so nothing

will go to waste.

Our volunteers ask for nothing in return. On Friday afternoon prior

to the Rummage Sale we give them the opportunity to make some purchases

(many volunteers do not participate). Also, two weeks after the sale,

we hold a "thank you" lunch at the hospital.

These are the only "perks" of being a Rummage Sale volunteer.

If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer to help with the

White Elephant Rummage Sale, we would welcome you to this important

tradition. Please contact the Auxiliary office at the University Medical

Center at Princeton: 609-497-4069.

Laverne Hebert

Rosemarie Hunninghake

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