BLOOMINGDALE-An annual fundraiser to help feed cancer patients and their families has broken yet another
record by surpassing the $10,000 mark, giving even more assistance to those in need at Christmas and beyond.
Jill McVicker, organizer of the fifth annual Anthony D’Aurora Quarters for Cancer Quarter Auction held at the
Jefferson County Joint Vocational School this fall, presented a check to officials with the Cancer Dietary Institute in
Steubenville on Dec. 8. An estimated 300 people attended the benefit on Nov. 5 and had a chance to purchase and
bid on items from nearly 40 vendors, including Origami Owl, Pampered Chef and Kacey’s Rustic Crafts. School
programs and organizations, as well as local vendors and businesses, have been involved by supplying prizes and
auction items, while all of the proceeds go to CDI.
McVicker said the activity has grown each year and this one was the best yet.
“We’ve raised more than $30,000 over the past five years,” she said, adding that students also collected 1,750 non-
perishable items during a holiday food drive to stock the pantry. “This is our second year and last year we reached
A spirited competition between programs helped more than doubled the bounty, while the student council also
sold pink ribbons to aid the cause. The quarter auction also included raffles and other moneymakers and last year’s
effort earned $7,500, which was the record at the time.
The event, which began in 2012, was renamed in honor of longtime principal/supervisor Anthony D’Aurora two
years ago after he passed away from cancer. All of the proceeds go to CDI to support cancer patients in Jefferson,
Harrison, Brooke and Hancock counties who often have to choose between paying for medication or food. CDI
receives no government aid for its efforts and food is distributed each month at the pantry based at First Westminster
Church on North Fourth Street. Officials said two weeks’ worth of sustenance is distributed to help families get by
between their regular pay periods. The next distribution date is Dec. 16 and about 113 patients and their families are
being aided during the month, however that figure is expected to climb.
CDI board members June Crago, Chris Hyland and Patty D’Aurora were excited about the response and said it
will make a significant impact when assisting patients and their loved ones when they are in need.
“This much money is phenomenal and exceeded expectations, and this check is not reflective of the 1,750 food
items,” said Crago. “It’s the JVS family joining the CDI family and making it a huge family affair.”
“It’s more than I ever thought we’d raise,” Hyland added. “It’s exceptional. The students and everyone have been
supportive from the beginning.”
She noted that the quarter auction proceeds could supply the pantry for at least three months.
D’Aurora, widow of the late principal and benefit’s namesake, was deeply moved by the response.
“The JVS is just wonderful,” she said, adding that the benefit has grown. D’Aurora continued that she and her
family currently volunteer during food distribution and look forward to helping others. “It’s nice. I meet them all
and talk to them. It’s rewarding.”
CDI relies on public contributions to operate and all donations are tax deductible, while every penny goes to
providing food for the clientele. Any community resident undergoing treatment is eligible and a physician’s referral
is required. For more information, contact the organization at (740) 264-7543 and leave a message.
D’Aurora and CDI board member Chris Hyland.)
(Photo Cutline: The fifth annual Anthony D’Aurora Quarters for Cancer Quarter Auction held at the
Jefferson County Joint Vocational School in November raised $10,000—it’s highest amount to date—and
proceeds were donated to the Cancer Dietary Institute in Steubenville to feed cancer patients and their
families during the holidays and beyond. Pictured during the check presentation are, from left, CDI board
member June Crago, event organizer and JVS representative Jill McVicker, CDI board member Patty