Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lions Invite Donations for 21st Annual BTV Auction

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, from 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM on Bridgewater cable BTV9, the Bridgewater Academy Lions Club will conduct their 21st Annual TV Auction to benefit Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. This tax-exempt non-profit fund provides research grants to determine the causes of eye diseases and to eventually find the cures. MLERFI awards grants for new eye research projects each year.

For this auction, a multiple telephone hookup allows bidders to call in their bids by phone as items are presented and described on TV in real time.

The Bridgewater Academy Lions invite local businesses and organizations to participate in this live TV event by donating new goods and services, giftware, home improvement supplies, jewelry, toys, antiques and collectibles, sporting goods, restaurant gift certificates or other popular items for home or office. (Preferred items will have a minimum $25.00 retail value.)

New bid boards will be presented each hour. In most cases, the higher value items are listed on the “Specials” and “Gift Certificates” boards, which are open for bids throughout the program. In prior years these boards have featured autographed sports memorabilia, theater tickets, dance lessons, jewelry, daily coffee and pastry, airport transport, fine needlework, construction materials, weekend getaways, and more.

In exchange for their donations, businesses and organizations get publicity on TV and a written acknowledgment of their donation. Early donations also are listed in an advance mailing to prospective bidders. Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund receives much-needed funds in the amount of 100% of the highest bid collected for each item. Auction expenses are paid separately from auction sponsorships.

Over the past 20 years, this annual auction televised by BTV has raised more than $200,000.00 in total for eye research. Bridgewater Academy Lions hope to add at least another $10,000.00 for this 21st Annual Auction, but they need the community’s help to do it.

To arrange for drop-off or pickup of your donation, or to become an auction sponsor, send an email to, call (508) 697-3765, or contact any Bridgewater Academy Lion by October 26, 2013.

Thank you for your consideration.

Lion Diane Sears
Auction Co-chairman

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