Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Red Cross Benefit: A Good Time Was Had by All

From CHEN PR co-founder Barbara Ewen...

CHEN PR held its annual fundraiser for the Red Cross with Network World last night to great success. We appreciated the strong attendance by our friends and colleagues – well over 100 – as well as the spirit demonstrated in spirited bidding for the silent auction items. We raised more than $7,200, bringing to more than $23,000 the funds we've helped the Red Cross raise since last December.

Highlights of the evening included entertainment by The Startdust Show Chorus led by CHEN PR client Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud, founder and CEO of Boston-Power, Inc. Their blended voices were beautiful and certainly added to the evening’s festivity.

We are very grateful to all the people who generously donated items for the auction. We had more than 25 enticing gifts to choose from, including an original photo of Babe Ruth taken by the grandfather of our systems consultant Dan Blumenthal of Consolidated IT LCC, a chartered fishing trip from Scott Clay of Clay Family Dealerships, Red Sox/Yankee tickets donated by Paul Gillin of Paul Gillin Communications, consulting services from Sam Whitmore's Media Survey, a jewelry gift certiticate from MASCIO-RICCI, a catered party donated by Fine Catering by Russell Morin, and a pearl necklace donated by jewelry designer Mary Anne Richman, who's also president of MARS Productions. We’re happy to report there were multiple bids on every item, including our quirkiest item, a tour of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery conducted by a board member. And the lucky winner of the iPod Nano door prize was Henry Stimpson of Stimpson Communications.

We are committed to continuing this event annually and to ensuring that it remains a relaxed evening for old and new friends to get together, enjoy some food and conversation and snap up some holiday gifts for a good cause.

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