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Silent Auction Items for the 2008 Event

To provide auction items for Peter's Fund Racer 2009, or to submit a bid, contact Scott Beebe at 617-350-5802 or David Newton at 888-797-2757.

The 2008 auction was a great success, raising over $40,000! Thanks for your participation and generosity!


1.  Garden Basket-- A basket filled with items to make working in your garden fun.  Basket includes:
--Hardcover New York Times book of 1,000 Gardening Questions.
--Handmade flowerpot decorated in Yellows and Greens
--Women's Gardening Gloves
--Assorted Gardening Tools
--Brochure and $100 gift certificate from White Flower Farm in CT.  They will ship anywhere.  If you've never seen a basket of goodies put together by Jennifer Volpe then you're missing out!
2.  A Bedtime Basket of great items for the night from our friends at Needham Lane, makers of fine sleep and loungewear, featured in the December 2007 issue of O magazine (That O stands for Oprah!):  Gift basket includes:
--Ladies size medium pajamas in blue.
--Ladies soft white robe, full length.
--Ladies slippers.
--Super soft blue and green throw.
--A sampling of Burts Bees products for pampering your feet.
--Another surprise or two (easy boys, Im not sure its THAT kind of surprise but you never know).  Lovingly created by our own Jennifer Volpe.
3.  B's Best Hors d'oeuvres.  This collection of 20 recipe ideas for summertime cocktails will surely delight any chef wannabe.  Graciously put together by our good friend Bertie Holland, this will please more than your waistline.  For anyone who has spent any time in Brookfield you'll know what I'm talking about.  $150
4.  Two Bottles of Grgich Hills Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 vintage  "94 points" - Wine & Spirits - April, 2001- "Grgich made a grand '97, a massive Cabernet from start to finish, still youthful and unevolved" (Robert Parker).  Blended along the lines of a classic Bordeaux this wine has a solid base of Cabernet Sauvignon and for the 1997 vintage, 10% Merlot was added along with 4% Cabernet Franc and a dash of Petit Verdot to create a finished wine with great complexity and pinpoint balance. This wine will continue to soften and become more interesting with bottle age. Serve with a leg of lamb, a prime cut of beef, or store it for a special occasion down the road.  Either way, this wine will stun you. $700
5.  America's first Petite Syrah.  A 3 liter bottle of the 2003, limited release, Concannon, autographed by the wine maker himself.  This wine exhibits a richness to the bouquet and a nose fairly intense of blackberries and green peppers. In the mouth this is wildly austere with a tight structure that needs time to breathe and time to age. It has plenty of thick tannins to age this wine for years it seems.  Please stop in to visit Joan at the Waitsfield Wine shop on your way into town.  On your right as you first enter Waitsfield.  A beautiful store and a generous supporter. $400
6.  Grand Wine Tasting and Dinner for up to 10 people in your home. Drink the great wines of the Rhone Valley while enjoying a sumptuous meal prepared by Bill Tuite, Executive Chef of the University Club, with help from Liza Leach. Jim Elston of Chemin des Vins will pare wines from his personal wine cellar to go along with the meal and will talk about the wine that you are drinking with each course. You will sample village wines, premier crus and grand crus from a range of top flight producers, including:
Montagny Blanc
Puligny Montrachet
Chassagne Montrachet
Gevrey Chambertin
Morey St Denis
Vosne Romanee
Nuits Saint Georges
Those who bought this last year would tell you that it is an experience not to be missed.  Graciously donated by Jim Elston, Bill Tuite and Liza Leach this is sure to be a most memorable night!!!
7.  '92 Chateau Bouscasse Madiran Magnum in a wooden box.  This wine has great colour; almost black at the core with a maturing, deep red rim. The nose is initially all maturing, perfumed, smoked meat but with time it offers up bitter chocolate and black olives.  This is ready to drink now or will continue to mature in the cellar. $250
8.  DeMontal VSOP Armagnac in a wood box.  This cognac exhibits a lush, golden amber tone with perfect purity.  Its vinuous, woodsy, earthy, waxy coconut-like aromas are keenly pronounced and will sit perfectly on the palate while you're sitting in front of a big fire.  Or perhaps on the bear skin rug in front of said fire.....ok, Im stopping there. $250
10. One week in spectacular Christmas Cove Maine.  Three bedroom house with deluxe chef's kitchen, 5 bathrooms with a large loft, decks almost on top of the water, huge stone fireplace--no detail has been left out of this stunning house in the heart of Christmas Cove.  With remarkable views, the house sits feet from the ocean on a peninsula ending where the Damariscotta River meets the Ocean.  You're a short drive to historic Pemaquid Point Lighthouse & beach to the north and Boothbay Harbor to the south, with golf 10 miles away. You won't believe this place until you see it--it's really incredible.  Thanks to the generosity of Trum and Vera Van Middlesworth (Vera is the architect) their house is available for a week this summer to be mutually agreed upon (Friday to Friday) but not to include a long weekend.  No pets allowed.  Private boat tour of the region is included!  If you've ever considered taking the family on a summer vacation in Maine, this is the auction item for you. $3200
11.  Weekend retreat in New London, New Hampshire. This vacation house a 3-bedroom, Yankee Barn home with gourmet kitchen, cathedral ceiling, and stone fireplace, is located one mile from Main Street shops and restaurants in the midst of some of the state's prettiest lakes and mountains. Enjoy a fall weekend filled with scenic hikes or a winter weekend of skating, sledding, and family skiing at nearby Mount Sunapee. Available over a fall or winter weekend not including school vacations and holiday weekends. $400
12.  Summer in the Mad River Valley.  One weeks stay in a 2 br condo overlooking the pool and the mountains at Sugarbush's luxurious, brand new complex, ClayBrook.   Check out the pictures at and read about all there is to enjoy about summer in the Mad River Valley at $600
13.  One week during the 2009 high season in Hilton Head SC.  Choose either April 4th or April 11th for the start of your week in a 2br condo in the Shipyard Plantation.   Take a very short walk to the beautiful beach or ride a bike.  The unit is next door to the pool and tennis courts.  AND ...your stay includes free golf everyday for 4 people!  The nicest time of the year on Hilton Head, just ask the pros who are playing just down the ocean a bit at The Heritage. $1500
14.  Four nights lodging in a 2 bedroom condo at Deer Valley Resort Includes 4 days of skiing (no boarding) for 4! Not valid over holiday periods or film festival and is subject to availability. Black out dates include: 12/19/08-01/01/09, 01/16/09-1/27/09 and 2/11/09-2/22/09. Good through 4/15/09.  The tickets alone on this are worth $1200 and the room that you'll be in is spectacular! $2,500
15.  A threesome at one of the country's best, The Country Club, with your host and our good friend, Jim Hitchings. Winning bid includes 18 holes, caddies and 19th hole activities. Good through the Fall of 2008 ONLY. Expensive and well worth it. $1,800
16.  Threesome with Bob Minicus at Boston Golf Club, Boston's premiere golf course.  You'll enjoy a round of golf at architect Gil Hanse's gem in Hingham with noted sandbagger, but perenial good guy, Bob Minicus. $5,700
17.  A Threesome at one of greater Boston's best courses, WESTON COUNTRY CLUB, with one of our most generous, long time supporters, Jack Sommers.  While Jack's not much of a golfer, he's got an "A" game when it comes to the 19th hole so you better bring yours. $900
18.  Spend a day skiing for two with Peter Holland at a location in NH, VT, or ME. "Chewy" is a certified instructor with PSIA.  You and a friend will enjoy a wonderful day on the slopes while learning a ton. Package includes lift tickets for two, a full day on the slopes and tips to improve your skiing (you're welcome to bring more people along at your own lift ticket expense).  Date to be mutually agreed upon. $300
19.  Just what you need to get a family skiing--A Ski Package at Pats Peak!  This package includes rentals, four all day/all lift tickets to Pats Peak with four "learn to ski and snowboard" lessons (one hour). Compliments of one of the prettiest skiers on the East coast, Bertie Holland. Expires April '09 $150
20.  Special edition Vermont Teddy Bear that will tug at anyone's heart. The skier bear, complete with cool shades, ski hat, ski bibs and a super sharp set of skis. Peter's favorite favorite gift to give. You will fall in love with this adorable bear. Generously donated by the famous Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, Vermont. $175
23.  Learn to Rock Climb at Metro Rock.  This package for four will teach you all you need to know about rock climbing in this state of the art climbing gym just north of Boston.  The package includes: 
--Daily Rate for 4 people of any age (families with children or a group of four adults)
--Basic Safety lesson (age limit 14+ for this class) taught by our very own Jay Bruno.  Or if you're already a climber then this could be a two hour private lesson with Jay.
--All necessary equipment for 4 (harness, shoes, chalk bag, and ATC)
All of this is generously donated by the owners of Metro Rock, Pat Enright and Bruce Yap.
24.  One adult Seven Seasons Pass to Sugarbush Resort.  That means anyday, everyday during the '08-'09 season.  Thanks to Summit Ventures, the generous owners of New England's best ski resort. $900
25.  Four Two-Day Tickets to the Fabulous Sugarbush Resort.  Four of you will enjoy a weekend of skiing in Northern Vt. either this year or any time in the 08/09 season.  Tickets expire 5/09. $600
26.  Check out these seats!  Fourth row right behind the Sox's dugout these Four Seats to the WednesdayJune 25th Sox game against the Arizona Diamondbacks don't get any better.  Field Box 29, Row 4.  Kindly donated by RBC Dain Rauscher and Scott Newton of the Garnet Group. $1300
27.  Four Red Sox Tickets to a warm weather game. Drew Hurley of The Arthur Hurley Co. has once again donated 4 awesome seats to a Red Sox game. In the 10th row right behind home plate the seats dont get much better than these. Pick a game, either weekday or weekend (Yankees and inter-league games excluded), and we'll see if the tickets are available. Game availability is subject but feel free to check before bidding if you would like.  Drew is a great guy and will bend over backwards to make a date work. $1000
28.  Sox/Texas Rangers April 20th Sunday. Bobby Harkins has donated four tickets to this match up of the reigning champs and the favorites to win the AL West and from the 8th row right behind home plate you wont be disappointed.  Alright, maybe they're not favored to win the AL West but I promise that you'll love these seats. $850
29.  Red Sox vs. Yankees--two Red Sox tickets vs. the Evil Empire.  Thanks to Jim Newton we have two seats to the Sat. April 12th game, Loge Box 144 near home plate looking down the first base line.  Come and join your friends in chanting "Ste--roid" while Pettite is on the mound. $700
30. Red Sox vs. Angels--2 seats, 6 rows behind Sox on deck circle.   Unbelievable seats for 4/23rd game with the Angels.   The face is $120/each but worth so much more.  Buy them for the 23rd and trade them back to our generous donor, Eddie Ingalls, for a weekend game if you'd prefer. $650
31.  Ever been to Camden Yards?  Scott Dinn has generously donated 5 incredible seats to the Red Sox/Orioles game in Baltimore on Sunday June 1st (1:35 start).  You'll be sitting in the 5th row right behind the home dugout (Sec 20, Row FF).  Oh, and it comes with a parking pass that puts you in the same lot as the players!  Sweet. $750
32.  Two tickets to the RED HOT CELTICS.  You and a friend will be sitting right behind the bench (Sec 22, Row 10, seats 3&4) while you take in the April 2nd game against the Indiana Pacers.  You'll be able to let Paul Pierce know what you're thining. $800
33.  A perennial favorite--A Jo Anne Goodwin original watercolor.  This painting, which is matted and framed, is of the old single chair at Mad River Glen--sure to be a collectors items in the years to come given that the chair was replaces this past summer.  $350
34.  Super Shot Ski This special ski, with four shot glasses and the Peters FUNd Racer logo attached, allows friends to enjoy a shot together. Some agility and gross motor skill is required of participants.
35.  Beer for a Year from our friend, and your new best friend, Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams. This includes a case a month of your choice, the only caveat being that you must pick the beer up at the brewery in JP. But that could be part of the fun. $300
36A.  15"x10" Photo of Umbria.  Jim Newton's photo's are back by popular demand.  He calls himself an amateur but you can look at his photos and decide if you think he is.  They're beautiful.   They're all done on archival paper and professionally matted.  $150
36B.  15"x10" Field of Tulips $250
36C.  18"x12" black and White photo of Trout Point in Nova Scotia. $350
36D.  6"x12" Photo of Saratoga Race Track at Sunrise.
37.  A Behind The Scenes Tour at Franklin Park Zoo.  Behind-the-Scenes tours are priceless experiences to learn more about our amazing animals and discover the exciting exhibits of Franklin Park Zoo. The winner will be granted complimentary admission for 6 to explore Franklin Park Zoo for the day. Additionally, the group will be escorted by our knowledgeable zookeeper staff to our behind the scenes housing areas that may include, lion, tigers and our giraffe family.  Suggested minimum age is 12 and for every 4 guests btw the ages of 12 and 18 there must be at least one adult (which counts towards the 6 guest total).  Some restrictions apply, please call 617 350-5802 if you've got questions. $350
38.  3 Breakfast Pies. Three hot and steaming breakfast pizzas from Café Duke hand-made by the manager. Have to be delivered to Dresdner trading desk by 10:00 am Friday, March 14th $500 Private Placeme
39.  Once again this year, two necklace and matching earring sets made by the famous Vermont Baked beads Company and donated by Lynn Newton. $35
40.  Beautiful gold speckle hand blown vase by local artist by local artist Michael Egan. Donated by Lynn Newton. $100
41.  Beautiful large hand thrown bowl generously donated by the artists Josephine Glazebrook of Odyssey Stoneware in Waitsfield $190
42.  Back by popular demand beautiful and functional hand thrown casserole dish by Josephine Glazebrook of Odyssey Stoneware. Donated by Lynn Newton $165
43.  Beautiful hand blown colorful vase by local artist, Michael Egan. Donated by Lynn Newton. $75
44.  One 2008 "Giant" Super Bowl Ticket, a true collectors item.  Buy it for your dad, buy it for your kid, just dont buy it for me!  An authentic super bowl ticket from this past February's Giant Miracle (some might say debacle). $100
45.  Lobsters Our friend Pat White, veteran lobsterman and former president of the Maine Lobsterman's Association, will personally pluck a dozen, hand-selected 1 1/2 pound crustaceans (or if you prefer, 10 2lbers) from the clear, clean waters of the Gulf of Maine and ship them directly to you on ice for your summer party. They'll arrive at your door alive and kickin' and just hours from the depths of their former home in the Atlantic. Minimum two week advance notice. Not valid after September 15, 2008. Sincere thanks to Patty Fiorelli for the donation. $525
46.  One case - 10 pounds of 22 ounce - center cut - Buckhead Beef Prime Porterhouse steaks.   Buckhead Beef only serves certified Angus beef, so the quality is guaranteed to be the best in the business. The winner will receive this item by fed-ex overnight. Bon appetite!! $175
47.   Montana Legend Steaks delivered to your door In 1902 Malcolm Mackay (Michael Wang's grandfather) escaped the suits of Wall St. for a slice of adventure in the truly wild west. He homesteaded a ranch in Red Lodge Montana and the family, now in its fourth generation of ranching, has been raising unbelievable beef ever since. Thanks to the generosity of Montana Legend and Michael Wang, now you too can enjoy the big flavor and bigger smiles that come with tasting this remarkable beef. Enjoy the "Northern Lights Collection" which includes:  Two Ribeye Steaks Thick-Cut Dry-Aged (16 oz.)
Two New York Strip Steaks Thick-Cut Dry-Aged (14 oz.)  Four Aged Top Sirloin Steaks (8 oz.) Eight Steakburger Patties (5.3 oz.) Trust me when I tell you that you haven't had beef until you've had Montana Legend Beef. Seriously!! Check out their website at and/or contact the company to get on their email distribution list. 
48.  Romantic day sail from Marblehead on a classic 35 foot wooden sloop.  Catered lunch included.  A great summer day for two.  Donated by Phil and Nancy Blaisdell. $350
49.  Vermont artist Bonnie Acker has donated a beautiful painting entitled, "Nasturtiums".  Rich in colors, this painting has been framed by our friend Jeff at Parade Gallery and measures 28"X35".
50.  Famed Vermont artist Bill Brauer has once again donated an outstanding etching entitled "Carnival: The Opening".  This limited edition print (42/74) is 10"X12" and will wow your guests. $250
51.  Italian Cookbook and CD. $150
52.  Wine Country Cookbook and CD package. $200
53.  Peters FUNd Racer picnic cooler complete with wine glasses and cheese board. $200
54.  Jaegermeister Dufflebag $75
55.  Simon Pierce wine coasters. $150
56.  Kids Marker helmet, gloves and goggles. $150
57.  Karbon bib ski pants. $85
57.  Window Sun Catcher $40

























#10. Christmas Cove Maine

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#33. Jo Anne Goodwin original watercolor

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#36. Photos by Jim Newton

A. Umbria

B. Field of Tulips

C. Trout Point Nova Scotia

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