October 26, 2014
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Temple Am David online auction runs up bids

"We have shipped as far out to Hawaii for people who have won various items through the Temple,” Beth Veltri said of a past online auction held by the Temple Am David, a Jewish place of worship at 40 Gardiner Street.

Veltri, the second vice president of the Temple’s executive board, along with Lee Lerner, a Temple parishioner, have helped organize this year’s online auction, which began yesterday and concludes Dec. 18.

They also helped plan a fundraiser dinner, scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by a presentation of the 1980 film, “The Jazz Singer,” which features Neil Diamond and Laurence Olivier. It will be shown at the Temple, via a big screen projector that was donated by a parishioner about 10 years ago.

While the movie is free, the meal includes a brisket and all the fixings, such as salad, a vegetable, potato and dessert. Dinner reservations are $15 apiece, and proceeds are to benefit the Temple.

“I’m so looking forward to watching that movie,” Veltri said, noting that she’s a Neil Diamond fan, and has seen him live in concert at least four times. “It’s a nice, relaxing evening. I think I’m going to bring my beanbag chair so when I’m done eating I can pretend I’m at the drive-in.”

The Temple is operating the auction through BiddingForGood, an online auction fundraising platform for schools and nonprofit organizations. According to BiddingForGood.com, the service has helped more than 6,000 users to raise at least $160 million for their causes.

While there is a fee to use the platform, Lerner said a generous parishioner donated money so the Temple could join BiddingForGood.

The fee, said Lerner, is between $300 and $400. It gives them access to the website, and any of their assistance for auction items for one year, so they can hold multiple auctions if they choose.

“It’s really interesting,” Lerner said. “I’m not a computer wizard and I’ve gone on the website, so that’s how easy it is. If I can get on it, then just about anybody can.”

Once they signed up, Lerner began looking for donations throughout the community to use as auction items. They include gift certificates for restaurants, hotels, goods and services, sports memorabilia, celebrity items, framed art, gift baskets, sports tickets, vacation getaways and more.

As of press time, some of the items that tallied the largest bid amounts are a 2013 Kentucky Derby experience for two, which garnished $8,400; a Fantasy Family Vacation to Orlando, Fla. has solicited $6,294 in bids so far; as well as a Boston Red Sox versus New York Yankees VIP experience for two at $3,600; and a trip for two to Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley, Calif. is up to $3,355.

Other items include sports memorabilia, such as a pair of cleats worn by former New England Patriots football player Adam Vinatieri, and a signed baseball by former Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Duke Snider.

“There’s a montage of [sporting] stuff from old-timers to new guys,” Lerner said.

To place a bid, visit Biddingforgood.com, and type in “Temple Am David” in the search field. From there, it will lead bidders to all items. Users must register as a participant and follow the directions.

To make reservations for dinner, contact the temple at 463-7944. Learn more about the temple at templeamdavid.org.


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