AMHERST - Facing a potential deficit at the end of this fiscal year, Autumn House is hoping this weekend's annual fundraiser is a bigger success than in previous years.
"We're in a financial pinch right now, and we're looking at a possible five-figure deficit at the end of our year," said Autumn House executive director Terry Cove. "This deficit could mean cuts to our services to our clients."
Each year, the evening of art is the transition house's biggest fundraiser, averaging $8,500.
"We can't reduce our spending without reducing our services. We're already on a tight budget," she added.
This year's evening of art takes place at Amherst Regional High School on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the auction starting at 8 p.m.
"We have between 40 and 50 pieces of art to be auctioned off or given away, with the majority of our artists being from Cumberland County," she said.
Items range from watercolours to pottery to hooked rugs.
Tickets for the event are $20 and include two drink tickets for wine or beer, as well as food catered by The Art of Eating. Additional wine and beer will be available for purchase.
"This event really speaks as to how generous these artists are. We rely heavily on them and we can't say enough about them," said Cove.
"And the public is quite generous when attending," added Linda Reid, chair of the fundraising committee. "The evening is a lot of fun. It's a great opportunity for people to come together and support Autumn House, and to see what great talent we have in the county."
For tickets or more information, call 667-1344. Tickets will also be available at the door.