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Neighborhood House Auction is April 13
By Rick Winterson

     Thursday, April 13, will be a memorable evening.  That is the night of the 2006 annual auction held by the South Boston Neighborhood House.  The host will be John Drew and the Seaport Hotel.  He has made the elegant Plaza Ballroom available for this event.

     This year, there’s a new twist to the auction.  Some of the donated silent auction items – 30 or so – are to be sold online.  You can visit the Neighborhood House auction in advance by logging onto sbnh.cmarket.com. 

     But there’s no substitute for being there in person.  Another 40 items will be auctioned off only at the auction itself.

     Included in the in-person auction are ten live auction items.  Among them are dinner with Mayor Menino, who was a Neighborhood House honoree last year.  There are two (yes, two) sets of Red Sox-Yankees tickets on an August weekend.  How about Jimmy Buffet tickets, a Bruins package in Washington, D.C., or a Garden suite for a performance of “Champions on Ice”?  All of these will be auctioned off by South Boston favorites, Joe “Dodo” Nee and Michael Kineavy.  Make the two of them work a bit.

     The silent auction list (available only at the auction that night) has something for everyone:  golf packages, works of art, a table at Pops, pet stuff, many upscale dining and hotel packages, and events for the kids are only a few.  But remember, for these you have to be there.

     Online auction items, at sbnh.cmarket.com, include a number of tickets to athletic events such as the Sox-Yankees game in May, museum passes, two seats at the 2007 St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, four voice/piano lessons, gym memberships, and much more.

     Each year, certain outstanding individuals and organizations are recognized at the Neighborhood House Auction.  Putnam Investments is the nominee for the 2006 Olivia James Award.  Putnam has become a true partner in Neighborhood House programs, and joins organizations like McCourt and Massport in receiving this award.  Margaret Leipsitz, Putnam’s Manager of Community Relations, has been invited to receive the award on behalf of Putnam.

     Jim Jensen, the General Manager of the Bank of America Pavilion, has been selected to receive the 2006 John T. “Doc” Tynan Award.  The award recognizes Jensen’s commitment to the Neighborhood House, specifically his opening the Pavilion for uses like the Ollie Road Race Classic.  Honorees at prior auctions have included Mayor Thomas Menino, Helen Allix, and Kevin Martin.   Both awards will be made in a brief ceremony that night at 6:30 p.m., after which the live auction will start.

     Kevin Martin is now Board President of the Neighborhood House.  It is on his watch that the Neighborhood House has closed on the purchase of the Gate of Heaven Hall – a key step in the future of the Ollie.  The auction this year will help continue the timeless mission of the Neighborhood House – “to support family and neighborhood life in South Boston”.

     And what’s best of all is that the auction is always a superb party.  There’ll be music, hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary beverages.  Greet old friends, make a few new ones, and share some laughter.  Do well by doing good, as they say about all Southie “times”.

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