A newly formed women's service group will hold an art auction on Saturday at the Multi-Generational Center at 2280 Newburg Road in Fortuna.

Admission is free and the doors open for pre-auction viewing at 6 p.m. with the auction to begin promptly at 6:45 p.m. The event is family-friendly.

There will be sweet treats, a 50/50 raffle, and head-to-head battles to take home one of the many unique pieces of outstanding local artwork during the live auction.

Serve-It-SISTARS is a local women's service group founded by Carol Paris that will be focusing on providing assistance to organizations servicing the public. This first kickoff event for the group will benefit the Mountain of Mercy Drug and Rehab Center in Honeydew.

”Serve-it SISTARS is an outreach based group led by Carol Paris under Life House of Humboldt,” Serve-it SISTARS member Janet Esskew-Schager said. “We are a group of women dedicated to encouraging our community through action and service. We strive to empower others to live their lives to the fullest, while loving and serving them right where they are.”

Esskew-Schager said the group will be having a day retreat for the residents on April 26 and will be bringing 23 much needed twin beds and enough supplies to fill the pantry.

”This is our first endeavor and fundraiser,” Esskew-Schager said.

”I would love to announce that as of this morning we have 40 artists confirmed for our auction event!” event planner and group member Summer Hesch said. “We are still taking more art donations.”

”Mountain of Mercy is completely funded by donation. They receive no assistance from any government programs or agencies. So this event will greatly help with much needed resources,” Hesch said.

Esskew-Schager said the event has over 120 items donated for the live auction and many more for the silent auction.

”Please join us for a fun evening of art and impact as we come together to support our local artists, our community, and the Mountain of Mercy Rehabilitation Center for Drug and Alcohol Abuse,” Hesch said. “A portion of the proceeds will go towards much needed equipment, pantry supplies, facility upkeep, and support for The Mountain of Mercy Center. Other portions will be distributed back to many of our donating local artists to support their amazing works. ... Along with the auction we are also doing a pantry drive and a Buy-A-Bed Challenge where people from our community can donate $200 to purchase a brand new mattress, sheets, and pillow for a resident on the mountain.”

For more information about the event contact Summer Hesch at 498-5614. To learn more about Mountain of Mercy, visit www.mtnofmercy.org.