Second Garpofire Auction planned for September

Three beneficiaries announced: Organizers are ready to accept auction donations

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— The second annual Garpofire Community Auction will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, on East High St. in Milford, on Saturday, Sept. 28. A sneak preview reception will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 27.

The three beneficiaries have been announced. They are:

GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

The Pike County Public Library

Safe Haven of Pike County

Each will receive 30 percent of proceeds, with the remaining 10 percent to be donated to a fund at the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

The Garpofire auction was created to encourage and facilitate collaborative fundraising for different community beneficiaries each year. The event’s title, Garpofire, is derived from the three original beneficiary organizations: the Milford Garden Club, Milford Police Department, and Milford Volunteer Fire Department.

“This is a rich opportunity for our organizations to partner with one another for the good of the citizens of Pike County,” said Linda Pinto, president of the Milford Garden Club, who served as co-chair of the 2018 auction with Milford Councilmember Annette Haar.

“We are now ready to accept auction donations, which can be art, antiques, time at vacation homes, merchandise or any kind of special experience,” said Rose Chiocchi, the executive director of the Pike County Public Library.

Representatives from each beneficiary organization will join the 2018 steering committee members to serve as a steering committee for the 2019 auction. Milford Mayor Sean Strub will again serve as auctioneer.

For more information check the Garpofire website, or Facebook page,; or email

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