Silent Auction Items for the 2014 Event

To provide auction items for Peter's Fund Racer 2015, or to submit a bid, contact:
Bill Newton (617-678-9264),
Scott Beebe (617-350-5802 or cell 617-599-2000), or
David Newton (888-797-2757 or cell 617-763-6544).

The 2014 auction was a great success, raising $33,510! Thanks for your participation and generosity!


1.  A pair of Nordica's Hell & Back skis, complete with Marker's Griffon bindings, from our new friends at in Boston.  Your choice of sizes and they will adjust the bindings for free.  This is a sweet package and the skis are the real deal!  Check out their website to experience the latest and greatest way to shop for ski equipment.  With thanks to Brian at Slate for the introduction.
2.  A 5 night stay in a gorgeous 2 br, 2 bath suite in the fabulous Claybrook Resort at Sugarbush.  Dawn Lamonia, GM at Claybrook, and our friends in the ownership group, have donated this wonderful items.  NOT valid for holiday weeks (Christmas/New Years, MLK, Presidents Day) but good any other time, including for Peters FUNd Racer next year. 
3.  Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY:  Enjoy 5 nights in a 2 bedroom condo at the fabulous Spring Creek Resort.  This package includes one breakfast and one dinner for four in the Granary Restaurant.  If you choose to use your stay during the summer, you will also be entitled to a half day safari for 4.  You may also choose to use your stay during the winter and ski where it is steep and deep.
Black- out dates are from 7/1/14 to 8/25/14.   Expires 3/4/15.   Does not include alcohol, gratuities or taxes.  Valued at $3800.   Thanks to Stephen Price, GM of Spring Creek Resort, and proud board member of PFR.
4.  One Week stay at the Grand Summit Hotel Sunday River (Ski in/out, Sleeps 8) Choose one of the following two VACATION WEEKS for a stay at Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel (ski in/out) with a group of 8.  Accommodations at the Grand Summit Hotel include a one bedroom suite and adjoining studio.  The suite consists of one bedroom with a king bed, living room, full kitchen, a queen murphy bed, small deck, one bathroom and two 40” flat screens.  Studio has a queen murphy bed, a pull-out queen sofa, one bathroom, a small kitchen and a 40” flat screen.  Stay also includes access to fitness center, heated outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, and steam room.  This wonderful package comes courtesy of the McGoldrick family. (Note: there will be a $201 cleaning fee charged at check-out if winner stays full 7 days).

January 9, 2015 - January 16, 2015 OR

February 13, 2015 - February 20, 2015
5.  One week in spectacular Christmas Cove Maine.  Three bedroom house with deluxe chefs 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 wont 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.
6.  A round of golf (3 players and member) with Hallie Smith from Loomis, Sayles at the magnificent Eastward Ho Country Club in Chatham, MA. Plan your mutually agreed upon date around a summer (or fall!) week or weekend on the Cape. You will not find a more spectacular course in all of New England and we’re sure Hallie will insist on lunch overlooking the water and, just possibly, a beverage or two.
7.  A threesome at one of the country's best, The Country Club, with our good friend and consumate host, Bill Lynch. Winning bid includes 18 holes and lunch (weekday only). Good for the 2014 golf season. This is a money back guaranteed great time.
8.  Golf at Pine Brook Country Club, one of Boston's hidden gems with our friend, and soon to be yours, John Flahive.  John is offering the chance for three people to join him at one of their member guest tournaments, or if none of those dates work, at a time to be mutually agreed upon.  This will be a FUN one for a Peters FUNd Racer participant.
9.  Threesome at Boston Golf With Walter Donovan:  For anyone who has played golf with Walter you know he’s got very little game on holes 1 thru 18 but there’s nobody better at the 19th hole.  Your charming host will treat you to a great day on this Gill Hanse gem!
10.  A 2 br condo at Claybrook overlooking the pool and slopes for 5 nights anytime (including the awesome July 4th week in Warren) from May 15th to October 15th 2014.  This item includes a round of golf for 4 people, including carts.  If you prefer, you can choose a 2 hour playing lesson for 3 players with PGA pro RJ Austin at the fabulous Sugarbush Golf Course.  If you haven't experienced Sugarbush in the summer or fall, it should be on your bucket list.
11.  Dinner for 8 in your home with BARBARA LYNCH.  This brand new, and very expensive, item needs no embellishment.  THE Barbara Lynch (think Menton, No 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Drink, Sportello, 9 at Home and the wicked cool Stir) will come to your home, on a mutually agreed upon evening, and cook dinner for 8 people.  You will want a home where the kitchen is very close to the dining area, because the entertainment is as enjoyable as the food is great.  This will be an unforgettable evening for your closest friends or most worthy clients.
12.  Four tickets to the Celtics vs. the Bull on Sunday March 30th.  Take in the action from the Citizens Bank luxury suite with all the amenities included--drinks and food at the ready and your own bathroom.  Thanks to Errin Siagel you'll have a night to remember.
13.  Yowzer, Red Sox Opening Day Tickets!  4 seats for the Sox game against the Brewers on April 4th at 2:05--you'll be there to see the World Championship banner raised in historic fashion.  HUGE thanks to Jim Newton for this donation.  Seats are in section 17, Loge Box 122, Row LL (1st base side, looking down the 3rd base line).  Be there to witness history.
14.  Walter Donovan has donated 4 Red Sox tickets vs. the Anaheim Angels Thursday August 21 @ 7:10 PM.  Come watch the Sox trounce Mike Trout, putting a dent in his quest for MVP.  The seats are in the State Street Pavillion right behind home plate, a wonderful spot to take in a Sox victory.
15.  Walter Donovan has donated ANOTHER 4 Red Sox tickets vs. the Chicago White Sox on Thurs July 10th @ 4:05.   Great time for a start: an early Thursday lunch, slide into the game and then top the day off with some steaks at Capital Grille.  Almost like i've been there before. Same seat location as the item above.
16.  Bottle of Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella. Elegant and warm with a velvety mouthfeel, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico offers a bouquet of ripe fruit and cherries. It pairs well with hearty dishes like game, grilled red meats, and aged cheeses.
17.  1.5L bottle of 2006 Luce.  Luce was the first wine ever produced in Montalcino by blending Sangiovese and Merlot grapes. Combining the roundness and suppleness of Merlot with the structure and elegance of Sangiovese seems an obvious idea, but it took two well established winemakers, Lamberto Frescobaldi and Tim Mondavi, to do that in the land of the world renowned Brunello di Montalcino, a wine made strictly from 100% Sangiovese.
18.  Bottle of 12 Year Old Single Malt from Highland Park. First introduced in 1979, the 12 year old is at the very heart of Highland Park's core range and demonstrates rich, well balanced malty tones, with the subtle floral smoke which makes this such a distinctive single malt whisky.
19.  1.5L Bottle of 2010 Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir.  This lovely Pinot has aromas of the forest floor, dark cherry, plum and mahogany.  Delicate entry with a broad mouthfeel, it's smooth and enticing on the mid palate and has a lingering finish.
20.  6 bottle case of Clarendon Hills Astralis 2006 This is Clarendon Hills’ flagship wine, a member of Clarendon Hills’ ‘1er Grand Cru’ classification. Robert Parker's wine tasting notes say it all: "In the mouth, this wine reveals phenomenal richness and purity, huge body, but no sense of flabbiness. The oak is remarkably well integrated, which suggests to readers just how concentrated this wine is. It is a winemaking tour de force, and unquestionably one of the greatest young red wines I have tasted." Min bid is $1,000.
21.  1.5L bottle of 2004 Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Reserve.  This Pinot is very true to the Pinot Noir ideal: light in color, gentle, perfumed and ethereal in style.  The nose has delicate cherry and floral notes.  Spry red fruits, Asian spices, and dar kchocolate highlight the complex flavors and the wine closes with bright acidity.
22.  A case of PIO II 2007 from Pienza, Italy.  This wine, 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot is lively red in color, akin to pomegranate, which introduces this earth-fragrant and herbaceous wine.   Bright acidity and soft tannins round out this terroir driven wine. Enjoy on its own or pair with red meat,  game, fowl, and rich pasta dishes; also excellent with cheese, cured meats and pates. From the estate of Tenuta Santo Pietro in the heart of Val D'Orcia in between Pienza and Montepulciano.
23.  One Case of Viper Super Tuscan 2007 from Pienza Italy. A crimson brick-red color, combined with a complex bouquet of violet and rose, is augmented by hints of earth and ripened fruits. Bright acidity, neutral-balanced oak, and soft tannins round out this hearty, age-worthy wine. Ideal with red meat, duck, rabbit, game dishes, and dynamic sauces. Also from the estate of Tenuta Santo Pietro in the heart of Val D'Orcia in between Pienza and Montepulciano.
24.  3L Bottle of J Lohr Riverstone 2011 Chardonnay.  The vines for J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones allow a four foot rooting zone that keeps the vines’ vegetative growth and fruit in balance.  Additionally, the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season and retain the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of the Chardonnay.
25.  3L Bottle of J Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet.  The predominant fruit for J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate vineyards located directly opposite J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center.  The soils in the Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet.
26.  5 Liter bottle of Rocca della Macie Chianti (I'll do the math for you, that's almost 7 bottle of wine in one!).  Youthful and bright, this wine shows the lean, bright side of the Famiglia Zingarelli line. You can really taste those Sangiovese characteristics thanks to lively tones of wild berry, raspberry, blue flower, wild mushroom and subtle spice. That zesty acidity makes the wine perfect for cheesy pasta or lasagna.
27.  "Autumn Road - Warren Vermont." 18" x 18" oil painting by John Rufo. This beautiful portrayal of a crisp Vermont fall day will look good in any home.  John Rufo is a Needham-based artist and architect who, along with Michael Wang, is a co-founder of the architectural firm Form + Place. To see more of John's artwork, please visit
28.  How about cocktails for four with one of the best bartenders in Boston?  Lindsey Smith, winner of the prestigious 'Tito's Vodka best cocktail in Boston award, will join 4 lucky winners for drinks and appetizers for 1 hour at Slate while the 5 of you are served by another of the top 10 bartenders in greater Boston, Brian.  Want to make your friends jealous?  Then bid high, don’t include them in your group, and make sure they are there the night you are enjoying this great auction item.  Good for a Monday or Saturday only.
29.  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.
30.  Two Sets of Four All Day Passes to Pats Peak in Henniker NH:  The two top bidders will each buy 4 all day tickets to Pats Peak, the best spot in the east for families and a great place for kids to learn how to ski.  It’s likely you’ll get a beer in the pub après ski with Chewy, and if you’re really lucky with Bertie too!  Priceless.
31.  A two hour ski lesson with Russ Kauff for two people.  Russ is the head of the ski school at Sugarbush and teaches skiing in the southern hemisphere during our summer months.  He has a vast amount of experience and is sure to help skiers of any ability.
32.  A two hour ski lesson with Eliza Beebe.  Eliza has been working with the Sugarbush ski school for three years, this year as a Blazer coach for 5 year olds.  She'll happily take your child, or a small group of children if of similar ability levels, for two hours they'll remember forever.  Hot chocolate included but sadly no line skipping privileges as this will be an "off-duty" event for her.  Lesson to be held at Sugarbush at a time to be mutually agreed upon.
33.  One adult Seven Seasons Pass to Sugarbush Resort.  That means any day, everyday during the '14-'15 ski season.  Thanks to Summit Ventures, the generous owners of New England's best ski resort for this wonderful item.
34.  XL, black, men’s ski pants from Karbon.  Complete with suspenders so ‘plumbers crack’ is never a problem in the cold.
35.  Two nights at the historic Fairmont Copley Place in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay.  This item is good for any nights but Saturday, and is valid through 4/30/14
36.  One night stay at The Lenox Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay, complete with dinner for 2 at City Table.  Expires 4/30/14 so make your plans early.
37.  Two center orchestra seats for the Phantom of the Opera on Wednesday 7/2/14 at the Boston Opera House.  $110/face value.
38.  Two center orchestra seats for Flashdance on Wednesday 3/19/14 at the Colonial Theatre.  Wait!  That’s in 3 weeks, bid now!  $77/face value.
39.  3 decorative bowls by Gillan Wang.  Beautiful hand-crafted bowls made of natural fibers will bring a unique ambiance to any coffee table and brighten any home.   
40.  House Portrait by Jo Anne Goodwin-Rogers.  Jo Anne's lovely works have been featured and favorite items at many past PFR events.  Great for a new home owner or as a gift for a favorite relative.  Check out for additional information.
41.  Electric guitar, complete with stand, donated (complete with logo of course) by the Brancott Estate, New Zealand.  Perfect for that aspiring musician.
100.  Awesome Miscellaneous Items including jewelry from local artists, artwork, Vermont puzzles, cool ski goggles and sunglasses, hand knit woman’s gloves and scarves. Ask your favorite PFR participant for details or better yet, come up and bid in person!
















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