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Peak Potential Auction – Everyone Lends a Hand!
18 Oct
By 2020
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One of the most inspiring things about working for 2020 Vision Quest is realizing just how many people are eager to help. While we love cash donations we can pass along to our charities, in today’s economy, not everyone has the means to contribute so directly. Instead, they find other fabulous ways to support us.

For some, it’s being a cheering section for the team – following us on our climbs, responding to posts on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter, keeping our morale high. For others, it’s spreading the word and telling us about people and companies we can contact for contributions. For the Peak Potential dinner and auction, we’re getting help in the form of donations, and it turns out our supporters have some amazing skills!

Check out the following examples:

  • How about an hour-long in-home Swedish massage from licensed masseur Doal Bartlett of Knotworks Massage Therapy? Perhaps you’re a hiker yourself – it’s great for a post-hike relaxation.
  • Kick it up a notch by bidding on the Spa gift certificate from Inner Beauty Concepts.
  • There’s an intricate custom fitted bodice from Linda Hodge. Crafted in a fabric of the buyer’s choosing, if the donation is large enough, Linda will even throw in detailing with one-of-a-kind handmade silk flowers.
  • How about curtains for your living room, a sofa re-covering, or that perfect Halloween costume for next year? Bid on ten hours of professional-grade seamstress work from Lydia Fithian of Lydushka’s Completely Custom Creations.
  • To stave off the chill of autumn, there’s a handmade afghan from Catelyn Cash.
  • Erin Torrey of Alle’s Corner of the World has created a freshwater pearl and sterling plated necklace inspired by Randy’s climbs.

…and these are just a few of the items available via silent auction.

In addition, there are a few special live auction packages inspired by our mission statement, geared to Inspire, Educate, and Challenge:

  • Our own Jim Caron inspires with his artistic talent – if you’ve always wanted to learn how to paint, he’ll teach you. At next year’s auction, maybe one of your paintings can raise funds for NHAB and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
  • Pats fans may have heard of Randy’s famous Bruschi Brew, made at IncrediBREW. They’ve generously donated a brewing session, with how-to training included. Why not design a Vision Quest inspired beer and get friends to contribute to the cause in exchange for a bottle or two?
  • Perhaps you’ve been reading about Randy’s climbs and think, “I want to climb!” Our friends at EMS are providing a one-day climbing class at the renowned Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School. Next year, you can climb for a cause, too.
  • One item comes from Tokyo Joe’s, the karate studio where Randy trains. If Randy’s board breaking video doesn’t inspire you, perhaps sparring with him in class will get you going.

If any of these amazing items appeal to you but you can’t make it to our dinner on the 23rd, don’t worry, you can still bid up until October 22ndst at midnight, by sending in an email bid. We’ll act as your proxy at the event – the highest pre-auction bid starts the bidding off on our silent auction items, and we’ll have someone bidding for you during the live auction items. For a full list of items you can pre-bid on, keep an eye on our Peak Potential page. If you offer more than the retail value of the item, the difference is a tax-deductible donation to charity and helps us with our matching grant, so make those bids count! If you have questions about how it works or about any of our items, get in touch.

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