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What is York County Community Action Corporation?

York County Community Action Corporation is the largest social service organization in southern Maine. YCCAC provides opportunities to individuals and families with limited—or no—resources. YCCAC programs include Head Start and Early Head Start, WIC, Transportation, Energy Services, Weatherization, Economic Opportunity, and Health Services.
 
Is York County Community Action Corporation a non-profit organization?

Yes. YCCAC was founded in 1965 and is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.
 
Does York County Community Action Corporation regularly hold public fundraisers?
 
Yes. In 2014, YCCAC launched a fundraising program to help support all YCCAC programs and services. We now hold two major annual fundraisers—the Cupcake Wars, in May, and our YCCAC Fall Ceilidh and Silent Auction, at the Nonantum Resort, in November. We also hold smaller fundraisers throughout the year, including our CLYNK for CAP program and Holiday Giving Campaign.
 
Why a ceilidh? And what is a ceilidh? And how in heck do you pronounce the word?

Last question first: While it begins with a “c” and would seem to follow the pronunciation of the word “ceiling,” it actually has a very different sound. The correct pronunciation is “Kay-LEE.”
 
On long, dark winter nights it is still the custom in small villages for friends to collect in a house and hold what they call a “ceilidh”. Young and old are entertained by the reciters of old poems and legendary stories which deal with ancient beliefs, the doings of traditional heroes and heroines, and so on. Some sing old and new songs set to old music or new music composed in the manner of the old.

Mackenzie, Donald A., Wonder tales from Scottish myth and legend, 1917

But ceilidhs have changed over time. Today, in many Irish and Scottish cities and towns, ceilidhs may be held in church halls or town halls, barns, community centers, and even in parks or town squares. And while some ceilidhs still incorporate storytelling and authentic costume, others rely more on music, dance, and plenty of food and drink.

The one attribute that has remained constant is that a ceilidh is a community gathering. Old and young partake in the lively experience of singing, dancing, joining in playing musical instruments (if so inclined), and in enjoying an evening among friends.


What about the auction? How does that work?
 
All year we’ve been collecting items for our silent auction—gift cards, overnight and weekend stays at some of the most exclusive hotels and resorts in southern Maine, theatre tickets, sports memorabilia, and . . . the list goes on. We’ve packaged the items in complimentary bundles so that you’re bidding not on a single item but on a basket containing two, three, four or even five items. (Example: One basket might contain a restaurant gift card, an overnight stay at a nearby hotel, and a wine package with two bottles of wine and two wine glasses.)
 
The auction begins at 6:00 p.m. The baskets are on tables in the porched area at the rear of the ballroom. There are bid sheets on the tables in front of each basket. Bidders use the sheets to place their bids and watch as others also place bids. The excitement builds until the bidding ends—at 7:15 p.m. sharp for the first basket. Bidding for the remaining baskets close at 5-minute intervals, so that bidding for the second basket ends at 7:20, and for the third at 7:25. The auction wraps up around 8:30.

 
Do I have to dress up for the event? Do I have to wear a kilt?
 
Of course not. Come as you are. It’s a fun-filled get-together. You’re certainly welcome to put on your plaids and kilt, and bring your bagpipes as well. But there’s no dress code. We want you—and everyone—to be as comfortable as possible.
 
Is the cost of my ticket tax deductible?
 
Sorry, no. Only donations to YCCAC are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

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