It’s almost time for the 8th Annual Celebrity Dessert and Auction, where folks can sample delicious treats all evening while entering bids on some great auction items. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Hospice of Eastern Maine and Pathfinders.

There will be a silent auction, which will include some family-sized desserts to take home, and a live auction hosted by TV-5’s Todd Simcox and Joy Hollowell. Wayne Melanson of Hospice says there's a great variety of items up for bid!

"We have a silent auction that has a variety of things including theater tickets, quilting baskets, quilted items, hairdresser gift certificates, ironwork, turned-wood products, restaurant certificates, just a variety of usual and unusual items," Wayne told us. He went on to list some of the items up for bid in the live auction, "There are some neat things, some getaways, some pieces of original art, baskets for food lovers and travelers. We have a car care package from Darling's. A sail in Penobscot Bay for 6. We have an Italian dinner, which has been a very famous one, by one of our Professors at the University of Maine and his wife where they cater an Italian dinner for six. One of the getaways is in the Moosehead Region, another is in Southwest Harbor, and still another one is in the wilderness in Allagash, Maine."

Proceeds from the evening will benefit Hospice of Eastern Maine, which helps terminally ill patients and their families near the end of life. Hospice workers become an important part of daily life, helping people with terminal illnesses to remain at home in their final days. They also help family members to know what to expect and prepare themselves.

Proceeds will also go to Pathfinders of Maine, an organization that helps grieving children. Wayne says the group is very effective because children get to spend time with others who share their experiences.

"Key here is 'other children' who are going through similar experiences. Facilitators bring children to points where they are able to interact through various activities that might involve what look to the outside world like arts and crafts and such. Those activities help them to process their grief to maybe give a voice to what they are experiencing with the loss of their loved one."

The Celebrity Dessert and Auction will be held on October 18th at Eastern Maine Community College's Rangeley Hall, located on the Sylvan Road in Bangor. For more information or to buy tickets, log onto the Eastern Maine Homecare Website for Pathfinders.