Scouts to host silent auction Wednesday

by Town Reminder

Funds raised benefit Troop 303
By Kristin Will
Staff Writer

SOUTH HADLEY – From camping gear and a day at the spa to various tools and a car wash by hand, there’s something for everyone at the South Hadley Boy Scout Troop 303 silent auction and spaghetti supper.
Held Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church Social Center, located at 30 Main St., the event will help the scouts raise money for future activities.scouts
The public is invited to attend.
“Scouting is alive and well within South Hadley and the larger Western Massachusetts community,” said Scout Master Bill Hoefler.
Attendees will dine on a delicious spaghetti supper served by the Knights of Columbus Council 1721. Silent auction items will be lined on tables to peruse. Guests will then be given bidding sheets on which they will place bids for what items they would like. Restaurant gift certificates and local service gift certificates are among the auction items.
For those looking to get a jump-start on Christmas shopping, this event provides that opportunity while also helping a local organization.
“Scouts provide countless hours of community service to the communities they live in,” said Hoefler. For instance, it is the South Hadley boy and girl scouts who place American flags at the graves of every single veteran laid to rest in the town’s cemeteries.
The Boy Scouts take part in Memorial and Veterans’ day activities and provide service to their charter organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus.
Most recently, the Boy Scouts Troop 303 held a “Scouting for Food” event in the Friendly’s parking lot to collect food items to donate to the South Hadley Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry. They also participated in the Source to Sea clean up of the Connecticut River.
Recent Eagle Scout projects include scraping and repainting the St. Patrick’s Church rectory foundation, and rebuilding jumps and obstacles at the equine facility at Mount Holyoke College.
“The scouts are certainly active in the community,” said Hoefler. “Service instills the values that will ultimately make these young men, help them become productive members of society. They’re our future leaders.”
The funds raised from the spaghetti supper and silent auction will directly benefit the South Hadley Boy Scout Troop 303, which they then turn back into the community with their hard work and dedication to community service.
“Anything the community can do to help out scouting in Western Massachusetts, such as this auction, we surely appreciate,” said Hoefler.
For more information about the spaghetti supper and silent auction, or to learn more about South Hadley scouting opportunities, contact Troop Committee Chair Steve Roberts at (413) 531-6720 or Scout Master Bill Hoefler at (413) -219-4538.