It’s been 18 years since Harbor School held its first auction to raise funds for programs and financial aid. This year, the school added an online auction that opened March 9 and will close Friday, March 23, the night before the Voyagers Auction will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Open Space for Arts & Community.
The addition of the online auction, according to Harbor School Director of Advancement Allison Reid, was to “invite our entire community of alumni, families and far-off friends to bid on items; but also to give folks more time to bid on great items as well as allow our auction night guests more time to socialize rather than having only two hours to bid on everything.”
Kevin Joyce and Martha Enson of EnJoy Productions will host the evening, which will include both a silent and live auction and a sit-down dinner provided by The Hardware Store Restaurant.
This year’s auction’s theme, “Oh, the treasures you’ll find!” relates to gems found along the island’s water’s edge.
“Imagine beautiful seashells washed ashore, found objects along the beach — sea glass, moon snail shells — or making a fort out of pieces of driftwood as you catch the whales swimming by Point Robinson,” Reid wrote in a recent email.
The same theme inspired the art projects crafted by the students that will be auctioned.
Other auction items include concert tickets to Paul Simon’s farewell tour, a vacation in Ireland, a stay at a Crystal Mountain cabin and art by Jean Emmons, among other events and items.
In addition to raising money for programs and students, the auction will be a special appeal for financial aid funds made in light of the school’s decision to remove a previous financial aid cap of 30 to 35 percent of tuition. Removing the cap will allow more families to apply and attend the K-8 schools of Carpe Diem and Harbor School.
Tickets are $50 per person and $25 for alumni. Admission includes dinner and drinks. Tickets and the online auction are available at harborschool.org.