A fundraiser will be held Saturday at the estate auction for Margaret F. Menser at 456 West Main St. There will be a food stall, silent auction and paintings as part of the live auction. The Somerset Women in Business has hosted the food stand with burgers, hot dogs, pastries and snacks that will be open from 8:30am Saturday throughout the auction. All proceeds go to the Pittsburgh Zoo and the International Conservation Center.
A silent auction will be held throughout the day featuring several baskets donated by the Somerset Women in Business group, including Menser Inc, Thrivent, The Puddle, Mary Kay (Vanessa Gardner), and the International Conservation Center, as well as donations from doTerra (Mandy Menser) and Blue Roof Farms. The zoo has provided a bronze lion statue, a framed lion photograph and baskets for the silent auction. Two unique paintings will be auctioned by Ron Jubick during the live auction at 12 noon. The paintings are uniquely painted by Jackson and Bette, elephants at the International Conservation Center.
Jennifer Bittinger of Menser Inc, Plumbing and Heating started the Somerset Women in Business group in the summer of 2020. Jennifer earned national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by WBENC. She is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB). WBENC’s national certification standard is a rigorous process, including an in-depth company assessment and on-site inspection. This certification and support from Donna Bailey of Thrivent inspired the idea of creating a women’s group to celebrate the power of women and empower all women to succeed. The group is designed to support each other through business and learning. We share our experiences to grow our businesses and thrive as women in this uncertain world. The group meets bimonthly and accepts new members. Contact Jennifer at [email protected] for more information (certification is not required).
Menser Inc has been working with the Pittsburgh Zoo and the International Conservation Center since 2008 when they installed the plumbing and heating for Jackson in the elephant barn. Everyone at the zoo and ICC is fantastic to work with and has a real love for the animals. We want to meet their needs so that they can continue to give the elephants the utmost care, as they have done for so many years. Margaret Menser had a great love for elephants and would be honored to have this fundraiser as part of her estate auction.
Located on approximately 1,000 acres in Somerset County, the International Conservation Center (ICC) is North America’s premier conservation, research, education, breeding and training facility specializing in the care and breeding of African elephants. The only center of its kind with such a strong focus on this beautiful and endangered animal, the ICC enables the Pittsburgh Zoo to play a significant leadership role in addressing the breeding needs of the African elephant population in North America. -America.