The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, is holding its 11th annual Family Matters Auction and Dinner
If anyone wants to fill his or her belly with food, car with prizes and goodies, and camera with photographic evidence of celebrity encounters, then The Upper Room has the perfect event. This year's Family Auction and Gala Event, "Live from the Red Carpet," will feature a variety of food from area restaurants, cocktails, live auctions, silent auctions, games, live entertainment, and of course a classic red carpet entrance.
Scheduled for 6:00 PM on Friday, November 2, 2012 at Promises to Keep in Derry, NH, the event is sure to sell out, as it has in years past. Interested parties are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Ticket sales are now open to the public and available online for only $35 a person at urteachers.org/events-calendar.html. Every attendee will receive a $10 gift certificate to T-Bones Restaurants and other give a ways. As usual, all proceeds will be put towards The Upper Room's programs supporting local families on topics such as teen parenting, GED preparation, youth anger management, drug and alcohol awareness, in-home parenting counseling, parent support groups, and more.
Part of the evening's festivities includes celebrity impersonators, such as Elton John, made available for pictures, autographs, and entertainment. Food and drink will be provided from local vendors including La Caretta, Rig A Tony's, Pinkerton Cafe, Jamie's Sweet Temptations, Amphora, Promises to Keep, USA Subs, and Ma Ma Italiano Biscotti. A prize of 50 bottles of wine is also up for grabs, earned by participating in a wine cellar game.
Numerous items will be available for auction including, but not limited to:
• Boston Red Sox memorabilia
• Boston Celtics tickets
• Diamond stud earrings from Gem Jewelers
• A trip to Jackson, NH courtesy of Northstar Financial Planning
• Theatre and dinner packages
• A six pack of golf
• A 7 day getaway aboard Holland America Cruise Lines
• Lobster Dinner from Clam Haven
• Bread for a year from Panera
• A 1 week stay at a Florida timeshare
• Dinner for 6 at Searles Castle in Windham, NH
• Cooking lessons with Lisa Desisto, owner of Rig A Tony's
For the first year, The Upper Room is offering a 'Fund a Family' opportunity, where folks can elect to contribute $200 to help families seeking to earn an education, find a job, raise healthy children, or put nutritious food on the table. Donations are accepted in advance and online, and during the night of the event. The Upper Room's Executive Director, Kimberly Bavaro, commented that "The Upper Room always receive feedback on how attendees gain the satisfaction of knowing their support is directly impacting families in their community. However, our team constantly speaks to many people who can't attend the auction, but still wish to support its mission. The Upper Room implemented 'Fund a Family' as an additional way to provide support, even if the donors cannot be physically present."
To learn more about the event, please visit urteachers.org/events-calendar.html, or contact Kimberly Bavaro or Emily Murphy at 603-437-8477. Sponsors include Dollar Bill's Auction Outlet & Wholesale Co., Bank of New England, and Hampshire First Bank.