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Friday, March 25, 2005


Carlisle Education Foundation and School Association Auction a success
The CEF/CSA Auction, "All That Jazz, a Mardi Gras Night," on Saturday, March 19, was a rousing, rowdy success. The Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) and the Carlisle School Association (CSA) joined together for the third year to present an entertaining evening of dinner and dance, and to raise funds to support educational needs for the Carlisle Public School. The preliminary estimate, according to the fundraising committee, is that around $60,000 was raised.

The event began with a well-attended free preview of the silent auction items. People made (and won) bids on a variety of items which included donated goods and services from residents and businesses, classroom projects, and teacher sponsored activities.
David and Gabrielle Dockterman, Barb and Mark Caddell in their finery.

After the preview, dinner guests arrived with festive outfits and feathered masks, and by the end of the night many were wearing multiple strands of Mardi Gras beads. "It was so much fun," commented Laura Snowdon, CEF president. "It was a great success." Michelle Sobin,
Nancy Roberts is ready to bid.
CSA president agreed. "The space this year was great." It was again held in Ware Hall at the Middlesex School, but more space was utilized. The spacious first floor was the site of the silent auction during a two-hour cocktail period, and afterwards dinner was served in the second floor dining room (which resembles the cavernous dining hall from the "Harry Potter" movies). Dinner over, the guests were roused from their epicurean somnolence when the band, The Knights, struck up a rendition of "When the Saints Come Marching In," and a Mardi Gras float rolled down the aisle, complete with treats tossed to the crowd.

Auctioneer and Carlisle resident Al Merry then led the live auction bidding, which was fast and full of surprises. After the auction, tables were folded, and dancing went on until midnight.

"I was so excited watching the bidding, I kept forgetting to keep track of who was bidding!" said Sobin. A few items sold close to or slightly over their stated value, but many items, such as the "Italian Gourmet Dinner Party for Ten," generated so much excitement that they sold for almost double the listed value. As Merry aptly put it while cajoling bidders to increase their bids a wee bit more: "It's all about the kids, folks."

Jacqueline and Liz Gray, Marty and Samantha Blue looked at poetry written by Jodi Spark's second graders.

The guests view the silent auction items while having hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.


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