Library hosts auction at gala
Updated 11:25 am, Saturday, May 12, 2012
Darien Library is auctioning off the ultimate Super Bowl viewing experience at this year's Light Up the Library at the Imagination Gala, which will take place at the library on Saturday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m.
The auction winner can host a Super Bowl party for up to 20 people featuring the library's 122-inch TV in the conference room.
As part of the package, which was donated by the library and Simply Creative Catering, guests will eat snacks provided by the catering company.
Winning the prize is a win for the whole family, said Noelle Kraus, a member of the library's gala committee who coordinated auction items.
"You can have a party and you don't have to cook or clean up," she said.
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The Super Bowl experience is one of six prizes that will be up for grabs at the live auction.
Like each of the other five items, it can only be bid on during the gala.
In addition to the chance to see the game on a 10-foot screen, the gala auction includes several other chances for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
The 12 metre Yacht Development Foundation donated a three-hour tour on the 12 meter America's Cup yacht, America II, for 10 people -- an experience valued at $10,000.
"The sailing experience is a new and exciting auction item this year. When do you get the opportunity to sail on an America's Cup yacht with nine friends?" Kraus said.
The prize winner will set sail from the Delmar Hotel dock on Greenwich Harbor into the waters of Long Island Sound between Greenwich and Oyster Bay for a hands-on, one-of-a- kind experience. The prize includes an experienced staff and crew.
Other auction items are couples getaways in Vero Beach, a summer week in Telluride and a chance to entertain 16 friends in a skybox suite at a New York Red Bulls soccer game.
A birthday party experience is also offered. The library and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza joined together to offer up a chance for a child between 6 and 12 to host a slumber party for a dozen kids, with a $50 gift card for pizza. Kids will get the chance to explore the library at night.
"This is the only time all year that you can win the opportunity to have a sleepover party at the library," said Tori Barnett, gala committee co-chairman, said.
The Light Up the Library at the Imagination Gala is the fourth annual gala, and will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, a silent art auction and a live auction. Funds raised at the annual event will be used for library materials including books, movies, computers, magazines, books on CD, information resources and programs. Tickets are on sale for $130 each.