Lighthouse Charter School Auction Returns After Three-year Hiatus
By: William F. Galvin
Topics: Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School , Harwich
EAST HARWICH – The Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School will hold its annual fundraising auction at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Saturday, April 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event, live music, appetizers, a cash bar and games and door prizes is returning after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spokesperson Kate Ryan said she is very excited about the auction given the outpouring of generosity from local businesses and families.
“We’ve only had a couple of months to pull it all together, but our community has been great. When you ask for something they come through,” she said.
The auction items vary from travel opportunities to works of art and many additional offerings. Citing the varying categories, Ryan said Ocean Spray has offered 10 cases of juices which will likely be included in the auction baskets on which guests will be able to place bids.
Among the big items in the auction is a weekend stay at a private home on Nantucket, Ryan said. Massachusetts Maritime Academy is offering a private charter of one of its boats. If it’s travel that catches your attention, Hy-Line Cruises is offering round-trip tickets to Martha’s Vineyard. Cape Air is providing two sets of two round-trip tickets from Boston to Provincetown. There are tickets to a Red Sox game, and Captains Golf Course in Brewster and Holy Ridge in Sandwich have donated tee times, among many other events and items, she said.
Local artists have donated a number of works. Steve Swain of Frying Pan Gallery in Wellfleet has contributed a very large marine-inspired steel sculpture. Paintings from several local artists will be on the block, as will jewelry and ceramics by local crafters. Benjamin Moore has also offered $600 off a choice of paint products.
“There will be something for everyone at this auction,” assured Ryan.
The Dirty Water Dance Band will keep things hopping during the event.
Ryan said the school is trying to reinvigorate its fundraising efforts after the pandemic. The school received some unfortunate financial news this year, with a drop in the amount of assessments provided for students coming from other school districts.
While previous auctions took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Hyannis, the school is very happy to be hosting this year’s auction at the Wequassett Resort. Ryan said school committee head Andrew Murphy was instrumental in accessing the resort for the event. Murphy, owner of The Lost Dog restaurant in Orleans, is also donating the beer and wine for the event, she said.
“We have a lot of great items and a lot of community support,” said Ryan. “We’d also be happy to see local people. You do not have to be associated with the charter school to attend. Come and have some fun on a night out.”
The tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.Com or through the charter school. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.
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“We have a lot of great items and a lot of community support. We’d also be happy to see local people. You do not have to be associated with the charter school to attend. Come and have some fun on a night out.”