Bruins Charity Auction a big hit

Sunday, 03.5.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / Boston Bruins Foundation
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Bruins Charity Auction a big hit
By Jeremy Lemoine

Cambridge, MA - On Sunday, March 5, 2006, the 7th Annual Boston Bruins Charity Auction took place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. The annual auction benefits the Boston Bruins Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps enhance the quality of life for children in the community.

The night commenced with a video slideshow of pictures that showcased the Bruins' charitable events throughout the season and the team's goodwill, and helped set the tone for the evening. From a set of his/her Gucci watches to game-used equipment and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, the silent auction had numerous items that garnered attention throughout the night.

The highlight of the evening though was the live auction. Auctioneer Danny Flynn livened up the atmosphere with comic relief as the items came up for bid and helped relax the bidders.

In the live auction, the item that received the highest bid was a "4ORR" Bruins license plate. Anowsh Dadgar was the highest bidder and, as expected, is a huge Bobby Orr fan.

"I have been a long time fan of Bobby Orr," said Dadgar, whose bid of $8,250 won him the license plate. "I was on a plane ride from Germany to Boston and Bobby Orr was on the same flight. He was such a nice guy. I told him I was a big fan and he was very humble and extremely friendly. We had a little chat.

"I didn't know what the items were until I got here and saw them. I saw (the replica license plate) and read the list. I was shocked to see it. I told myself I would go up to about three or four thousand, but someone else must have been as big a fan as myself. We went back and forth and I was the lucky one with it," he added. "It's for a wonderful charity and cause, and I'm glad I won."

To no one's surprise, the other big item was "Show and Tell" with the Bruins' youngest superstar, Patrice Bergeron. This one-of-a-kind package included a ride to-and-from school in the Bruins HUMMER by the 20-year old center, plus an autograph session and gift packs. The bidding was so intense, Bergeron decided he would go twice, and the package was sold to the top two bidders. The bids ended at $2,100 each.

"They were both bidding pretty tight and it was up to $2,100, and they both stopped bidding," said Bergeron. "I don't mind going twice, so it works out well. I got a chance to meet one of the girls (Winchester High School), but I never was able to find the other winners. I'll meet them though. I like to talk to kids and get involved. I'm sure it is going to be a great experience."

Other notable prizes included a night out with NESN broadcaster Hazel Mae, golf with Mike Sullivan and Mike O'Connell, a chance to be in the 2005-2006 Bruins team photograph, a framed P.J. Axelsson jersey from the 2006 Torino Olympics, and many more.

Lance Van Dam and son Ryan won the "night out with Hazel Mae" from NESN for $700. On March 11, they will head over to The Greatest Bar for dinner and then watch the Bruins take on the New York Islanders from the NESN Studio suite inside the Garden.

When asked if the two were fans of Hazel Mae, Lance simply responded, "We are now, she's awfully cute."

"I'll ask her on a date," Ryan added.

If Ryan is lucky, he may be able to convince Mae to attend his prom at Westwood High School.

The night proved to be a tremendous success. Great food, great items, and great people capped a year's worth of charitable efforts. On this night, everyone is a winner.
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