Nicaragua Night: ‘Citizen diplomacy’ for the Gettysburg area

The sister city relationship between León in Nicaragua and Gettysburg (and Adams County), a relationship which has existed since 1986 through Project Gettysburg-León, will be celebrated as a part of the annual live auction “Nicaragua Night” on Saturday, Jan. 20 in the Hauser Fieldhouse. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. while the live auction starts at 6 p.m.

250 tickets have been sold, 600 tickets are available and 325 donations have been made, according to Gretchen Natter, Executive Director of the Center for Public Service (CPS). 75-80 of these donations will be up for bidding at the live auction.

Some of these donations to be auctioned off include beach getaways, specialty dinners and jewelry. The evening will feature the annual live auction along with a buffet chili dinner, music by The Woebegoners and a silent auction.

“This is one form of citizen diplomacy where people from different nations have an opportunity to understand the different realities from around the world,” said Natter.

This auction has been taking place for more than 30 years, Natter said.

Tickets are $15 and children under five can attend for free — and all proceeds go towards supporting partnership programs between Gettysburg College and León: university scholarships for three young rural farmers, support for social worker home visits to high-risk youth and art & music classes for children in Sutiaba.

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