This week, staff writer Maggie Westerman talks with Mark Barbernitz about the Rotary Club of Scranton’s annual Holiday Auction and Dinner.

Residence: South Abington Twp.

Professional background: Executive director, Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Boy Scouts of America

Title: Event chairman

Q: What inspired you to have this event?

A: Our Holiday Auction is fun way to raise funds for a selected charity each year. The dinner provides a great social evening and great food and can even help get some early holiday shopping done.

Q: What will be on hand at the event?

A: There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and then a great buffet dinner. There will also be holiday musical entertainment for your enjoyment as you place your bids on silent auction items followed by a fast-paced, fun, live auction.

Q: How will the proceeds be used?

A: One-third of the proceeds will go to the Rotary Club of Scranton, which will distribute to local charities. The remaining funds will go to Equines for Freedom and its mission to help heal veterans and first responders. So many veterans and first responders suffer in silence. Equines for Freedom provides an amazing bond of trust between majestic horses and our hometown heroes.

Q: What is your fundraising goal?

A: A goal of $10,000 has been set, which will provide tremendous support to Equines for Freedom and other local charities.

Q: How does the Rotary Club of Scranton benefit the community?

A: The Rotary International motto is “Service Above Self.” As Rotarians, we participate in many large-scale projects, such as helping to eradicate polio and bring fresh drinking water to remote villages in Africa. We also have a major focus on helping others in our local community. Club members support numerous worthy causes financially and with countless volunteer hours.

If you go

What: Rotary Club of Scranton’s annual Holiday Auction and Dinner

When: Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Fiorelli Family Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville

Details: Tickets cost $50 through Sunday, Dec. 1. Cash, check and credit cards welcome for any auction winnings. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the event’s Facebook page.