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April 23, 2013

Cole guitar tops PTO auction list

An autographed guitar donated by Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Paula Cole is just one of the more than 300 items that will be available at the Rockport PTO auction, which takes place on Saturday at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

And for the first time, the auction also has an online component through Bidding For Good, as well as a live auction with state. Sen. Bruce Tarr as auctioneer and a silent auction at the event itself.

George Syrigos, auction project manager and father of four, said he is overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the countless donors, which include local business, artists, teachers and parents, in addition to private sponsors and even donors from as far away as Disney World.

The black tie reception and silent auction take place on the third floor reception hall, and the live auction takes place in the concert hall. The reception and silent auction start at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music and silent auction; the live auction from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. with state Sen. Bruce Tarr, followed by coffee and desserts upstairs with piano music.

“This is such a wonderful example of how the community comes together to support the schools, from family, friends and neighbors to those who support the work of the schools,” he said. “It’s truly a community in Rockport because it is a small school system. People are invested in this school because it is a great school system but also because some have gone there for generations, and the teachers stay there because the community supports and appreciates their work.”

The variety of items being auctioned includes unique experiences — like having a meal cooked by Cape Ann’s Christian Collins, of the reality TV cooking show “MasterChef,” in which he reached third place in the show hosted and judged by UK celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

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