Project Graduation Fundraiser
March 17, 2017
With two successful bids, a person attending this year’s Junior Class Auction could win the means to fly down to Boston with a companion to enjoy watching the Red Sox at Fenway Park from two infield grandstand seats – and after the game, the lucky bidder could re-board the plane with said companion to return to Maine.
Well, it is entirely possible. All it requires is to attend the auction on April 1 with the financial determination – and resources – to overcome any fellow bidders. The event, which includes an Italian dinner for the $10 admission, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Messalonskee High School cafeteria.
The plane flight, incidentally, comes courtesy of Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines, which flies out of Augusta.
But even if you are not a Red Sox fan or fond of air travel, the auction offers an abundance of intriguing items and services, ones that Junior Class advisor Lindsey Withee estimates has an overall value of about $13,000 – and the donations are still coming in.
“We have reached out to almost every business in the community,” Mrs. Withee said, “and they are the ones donating.”
The Junior Class will use the money raised from the donations to fund the Project Graduation event next year. At this point, Mrs. Withee said that event has yet to be determined. “We are trying to do something a little different,” she said, “something more geared to what the kids want.”
Mrs. Withee said the Junior Class hopes to raise between $20,000 to $25,000 from the auction, an event that has become the class’s banner fundraising vehicle in recent years.
The popularity of the auction is easy to understand given the wealth of bidding options and prize opportunities at the event. Along with a live auction, which begins at 6:30, the evening features a silent auction and raffle that boasts a wide assortment of gift-packed baskets, each with a particular theme.
For example, coffee and tea lovers could win the basket of their dream, one crammed with everything from gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks to an intriguing variety of packaged tea and coffee – plus, there’s coffee and travel mugs as well as a tea pot.
For the basket raffle, Mrs. Withee said participants do not even have to attend the auction. Tickets can be purchased in advance and winners will be notified of their victory.
For a view of the latest list of auction items, click on the link below: