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Silent auction benefits Camp Dreamcatcher

06/02/2017 04:30PM ● By Steven Hoffman

A luxurious one-week vacation at the Horizon Blue Villa in Cannes, France, a stay at the Glad Tidings vacation home in Cape May Point, New Jersey, and a football helmet autographed by New England Patriots Tom Brady, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, and Matthew Slater top the list of items available during a silent auction at Camp Dreamcatcher’s annual fundraiser on Sunday, June 11.

The event, which also includes a buffet dinner and drinks, takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square.

Patty Hillkirk, the executive director of Camp Dreamcatcher, said that another highlight of this year’s fundraiser is an appearance by psychic medium Joseph Tittel, who is donating his services for the evening. Tittel uses his unique gift to connect people with loved ones who have passed on. Hillkirk explained that Tittel, who has worked as a psychic medium for more than 20 years, hosted the annual event for Camp Dreamcatcher back in 2013.

“I am thrilled that Joseph is coming back to help us out at our annual event,” Hillkirk said. “When he hosted our event in 2013, I was amazed by the specific information he provided to our guests. Most people went in skeptical, but within a few minutes they were impressed. His ability to tune into messages and offer information with clarity and respect is remarkable.”

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online at or by calling Camp Dreamcatcher’s office at 610-925-2998.

Hillkirk said that she's very excited about the auction items that have been generously donated by Camp Dreamcatcher supporters.

In addition to the stay in a villa in Cannes, the vacation in Cape May Point, and the autographed helmet, the silent auction includes weekend getaway packages, tickets to Philadelphia sports teams, assorted Vera Bradley items, a wide variety of gift baskets, and pieces of art from a collaborative art project that includes art created by the children served by Camp Dreamcatcher and local artists. The local artists involved in the collaboration are Susan B. Myers, Mimi Peterson, Peter Willard, Vicki Vinton, and Barbara Neville. The auction even includes items for children, such as tickets to the Splash Zone Water Park as well as Camp Saginaw Day Camp gift certificates.

Camp Dreamcatcher now provides year-round programs for children. Hillkirk said that the annual silent auction had previously been held in the spring, but they moved it this year to June, just two months before the week-long camp session that takes place between Aug. 20 and 26. Proceeds from the silent auction will be used to support this year’s camp session, which is free to youngsters.

As many as 130 children who are impacted by HIV or AIDS will attend this year’s camp. The exact number of attendees is dependent on fundraising between now and then. So far, 80 children have already registered to attend the camp.

According to Hillkirk, it costs approximately $500 to sponsor each child who attends the camp session.

There will be a lot of new offerings at this year’s camp, including a new equine therapy session and a wilderness therapy program. Ken Pienkos, a professor, will be offering a creative writing class for youngsters. Additionally, the children at the camp will be helping Drexel University’s College of Medicine launch an app that was developed to help people with HIV or AIDS.

The sponsors of the silent auction include the Braun and Fineberg Families, Griffin and Mason, Oxford Area Foundation, Dansko, Kennett Lions Club Morning Branch, The Dream Team, Aardvark Pest Control, AM Skier Insurance, Kravet, and Pagnotta Engineering, Inc.