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Gingerbread house fundraiser benefits Meals on Wheels

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 9:52 p.m.
Rita Shutter of Latrobe (left) and Connie McCoy of Ligonier look at the entires in the gingerbread contest at Ramada Inn in Ligonier photo taken on December 3, 2012. Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
'Candy Land' by Susan Wright receives a first-place award in the professional division of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce gingerbread house contest. The houses are on display at the Ligonier Ramada. The silent auction fundraiser to purchase the houses continues through Sunday. t at Ramada Inn in Ligonier on December 3, 2012. Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review

The winners of the eighth Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce Gingerbread House Contest have been selected. The gingerbread houses are on display at the Ramada Ligonier through Sunday.

The community is invited to view the display and vote for a favorite gingerbread house. Proceeds benefit the Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels program.

“We are very pleased with the response,” said Holly Mowrey, director of the chamber.

Mowrey said the silent bidding fundraiser to purchase the gingerbread houses is getting a lot of interest.

“It provides an opportunity for someone to take one of the houses home to enjoy or even donate to a local charity for the holiday.”

The best-in-show winner is Melissa Bartels' “Sweet Dreams” entry. She will receive a $100 cash prize.

In the children's division, the Life Skills Class at Ligonier Valley High School's “Sugar Shack” entry placed first. Second place was awarded to “Winter Wonderland” by Haylee Oates. Elisabeth Miningham-Monsour - Holy Trinity School placed third for the “An Out of This World Christmas.”

Melissa Bartels' “Sweet Dreams” entry also placed first in the adult division. Second place was awarded to “Christmas at the Barn” by Sydney Beaufort. Third place was awarded to Heather Kraus' “Under Construction” entry. “Home Sweet Home” by Kayla Savage and “Gingerbread a la Eiffel” by G. Barnhart received honorable mentions.

In the professional division, Susan Wright placed first with her “Candyland” entry.

Jewels Phraner placed second for a “Candyland, USA” gingerbread house.

First-place winners will receive $75, second place receives $50 and third-place winners receive $25.

The chamber plans to offer a gingerbread baking class next fall to encourage more people to participate in the contest. The class will be conducted by Manfred Sander, a chamber board member who helped bring the art of making gingerbread houses to the community, said Mowrey.

The event is sponsored by Rolling Rock Club.

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