BANGOR, Maine — Hospice of Eastern Maine and Pathfinders: Support for grieving children, both programs of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, will hold its seventh annual Celebrity Dessert and Auction Friday, Oct. 19, at Rangeley Hall at Eastern Maine Community College. The event will be hosted by Joy Hollowell and Todd Simcox of WABI TV5, who will serve as auctioneers.

Desserts provided by local restaurants and chefs will be available for sampling throughout the live and silent auctions.

Community volunteers have been gathering a variety of items and gift packages, including getaways, artwork, Maine-made jewelry and children’s items.

“We have found that people enjoy this event because it is a low-key, come as you are, fun-filled night out, especially when the good-natured bidding wars begin. Our volunteers have been putting together some outstanding, unique packages again this year,” said Wayne Melanson, volunteer manager and event coordinator. “We will have items and packages in all price ranges. There will be something for everybody who wants to get in on the action.”

Proceeds will benefit terminally ill patients and their families, grieving children and adults in the community, and end-of-life education for all.

The event has expanded to include an additional room with more tables and chairs.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for dessert and the silent auction. The live auction will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m. The evening should wrap up by 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased at, reserved by phone by contacting Wayne Melanson, Hospice of Eastern Maine, at 973-8269, or purchased at the door.