Sunday, May 19, 2013
Auction scheduled to help non-profits
From Bayside Patch:
State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, is hosting an auction in Bayside on June 8 to raise money for five local nonprofits that could be forced to close this year due to a lack of city and state funding.
The auction will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bayside Historical Society, which is located at 208 Totten Ave. in Fort Totten.
Funds raised during the event will be split evenly between the historical society, Poppenhusen Institute, Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Community Center and the North Flushing Senior Center’s sites in Flushing and College Point.
“We’re raising money for groups who have lost their discretionary funding and are in danger of closing,” Avella said. “We want to keep senior centers and historical societies open. There will be a huge outcry if they close and the amount to reinstate them will be expensive.”
The senator is calling on local residents to donate auction items that would be bid on to raise funds for the nonprofits.
Currently, he has amassed paintings, antiques, sports memorabilia, vases, two Mets baseball card collections, furniture and a signed Joe Namath card.
There will be a $2 donation at the door on the day of the event.
Residents can drop off items to be auctioned at Avella’s office, located at 38-50 Bell Blvd., Suite C in Bayside, or at the offices of any of the five nonprofits.