Union School Association hosts annual Goods and Services Auction

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Union - posted Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Union School Association members Debbie Kratochvil, chairperson Heidi Lambert, Faith Nigro, Ellen D’Allesantro, Kristen Jones, Michele Sienna and Denise Babbitt. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Union School Association members Debbie Kratochvil, chairperson Heidi Lambert, Faith Nigro, Ellen D’Allesantro, Kristen Jones, Michele Sienna and Denise Babbitt. Photos by Lisa Stone.

An auction of goods and services was held at the Union Town Hall on Oct. 5, with all proceeds going to benefit the Union school system.

The auction was driven by the Union School Association. “Last year we profited approximately $7,000,” said U.S.A. chairperson Heidi Lambert. “We try to help the schools with financial hardships. We give money for children to go on field trips, buy school supplies and other necessities. The people in this community are really terrific. They are always there to support us with our fundraisers.”

Almost all of the items that were up for auction were donated by local businesses or individuals. “We took some of our money and bought a few items and then added decorations to them before putting them up for auction,” said Lambert. “For instance, we bought some old furniture and embellished them and now they look even more beautiful and they will be auctioned off.”

U.S.A. member Belinda Kennart brought her entire family to the auction for support. “My daughter Jessica is here with me to help lend a hand,” said Kennart. “The auctioneer is Patrick Soucy. This event wouldn’t be such a success without him. He is fantastic. He really gets the crowd enthused and makes the entire auction a lot of fun.”

Soucy is from Golden Gavel Auctions in East Windsor. “The ladies are really great to work for,” said Soucy. “We always have a lot of fun and it’s for a good cause.”

Allison MacPherson is a member of U.S.A. and she was thrilled by the turnout. “It is really wonderful to see so many people come out to help our kids,” said MacPherson. “All of the members work really hard to put this on, and it means a lot to us to have the support of the community.” MacPherson was given the responsibility to hand out the flyers around town that would ask for donations. The response was clearly overwhelming. Goods included jewelry, customized t-shirts, gift certificates, event tickets, babysitting vouchers, a basket of fresh eggs and two UConn football tickets.

“With each year, we hope to profit more than the previous year,” said Lambert. “I am sure this year will be no exception.”


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