GROTON — A gazebo from the former Kilbridge Antiques property on Main Street is just a one of the items to be auctioned at the groundbreaking celebration for Boynton Meadows at Gibbet Hill on Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the carriage house of the historic property.
Items will be available to preview at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. Ticket and auction proceeds will benefit the Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club and the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Chorus as they raise money to perform at the London Olympics. Tickets can be purchased at Main Street Café and online at gdchamber2012.com
Property developer Bob France of Senate Construction calls the auction a “win-win-win,” as it benefits two of his favorite local organizations and allows him to recycle valuable items left behind at the property before it is restored and development begins. Auction items include oriental rugs, antique furniture — including a painted armoire, chests, old table tops, an interesting shelf, a pair of low bookcases — a gazebo, a pergola, donations from local merchants and many miscellaneous items. The Groton Board of Trade enthusiastically supports this fundraising effort and will provide the auctioneer and bring together businesses in the community.
“The town gets to celebrate our collaboration in restoring a landmark property in Groton center; we as a community support the chorus’ once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in the Olympics; and the Groton-Pepperell Rotary, a local charitable organization, will both benefit and provide assistance in getting items organized and on display,” said France. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds will be donated to the GDRHS Chorus trip, and 25 percent will be donated to the Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club. The Groton-Pepperell Club has already made a very generous donation to the Chamber Chorus for their trip.
The auction comes on the heels of a benefit concert with Livingston Taylor on April 26 to support the chorus. Those who attend the concert may enter the auction for free with their concert ticket stub.
The GDRHS Chamber Chorus is one of only five choruses in the country to have received an invitation to perform at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Under the instruction and guidance of teacher and conductor Tim Savoy, the chorus has achieved excellence in music performance year after year, consistently winning local and national competitions and culminating in the opportunity to perform in front of a global audience at the Olympics. The chorus has to raise $130,000 by the end of May to cover travel costs for the whole group.
As the parent of a former chorus member, France is enthusiastic about supporting the two organizations and helping the chorus on this historic trip. “My son Brendan enjoyed four great years under the tutelage of Mr. Savoy, who inspired Brendan to pursue music in higher education,” said France. “Brendan was passionate about the chorus and enjoyed his time there immensely. I know he wishes he could have enjoyed this opportunity as a chorus member, but he is eager to support the trip. That is why I am joining him to boost this fundraising effort.”
Boynton Meadows at Gibbet Hill is a mixed-use development that promises to provide retail and professional space and luxury condominium living within walking distance to downtown restaurants, boutique stores and amenities. This unique collaboration, with the town of Groton’s Affordable Housing Trust as an investor, has integrated affordable housing with luxury market-rate units and retail and professional space.
For information about the GDRHS Chamber Chorus and their fundraising efforts, or to donate online, visit www.gdchamber2012.com. For further information contact Jane Bouvier at email@example.com or 978-302-3783, or contact Connie Sartini at Sartini38@verizon.net or 508-864-6852.