The 15th annual Chinese auction will be held on Friday (June 26) and Saturday at Christmas Pines Campground in Auburn, Pa., but the charity it benefits has been switched, the Pottsville Republican reported.

“This year’s recipient of our profits is Keystone Wounded Warriors. We just decided there was a lot of veterans and we wanted to honor our servicemen this year,” Lois Dalton, an event organizer, said Wednesday.

The annual Chinese auction — a combination of a raffle and an auction — previously raised money for Make-A-Wish, but Dalton thought sharing the benefits of the auction with Keystone Wounded Warriors would help recognize veterans.

Over the past 14 years, the Chinese auction at Christmas Pines has raised $96,500, Dalton said.

“I want to thank Barb Folweiller for helping me and especially all of the campers of Christmas Pines. The main thing is to thank Dorrie and Clyde Lowthert, the owners. We couldn’t do it without them. It’s not just myself and Barb. It’s Dorrie and Clyde and the campers, as well, and all of the local merchants who donated,” Dalton said.

At least 60 merchants donated to the auction this year, she added.

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