Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence (BGCL) Auction Committee member Kary Robertson and her husband, BGCL Board of Governors member Tom Costello, were among 280 attendees who raised more than $400,000 at the Roaring '20s-themed auction benefiting BGCL on May 3 at DiBurro's in Haverhill.

LAWRENCE — Almost 300 attendees raised more than $400,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence (BGCL) at its annual auction, which took place on May 3 at DiBurro’s in Haverhill. The auction is BGCL’s largest fundraiser, providing a significant portion of the annual operating budget for programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and community involvement for 3,400 youth members at two locations.

With many dressed in Roaring ’20s party-themed attire, attendees enjoyed dinner and cocktails while bidding on dozens of silent and live auction items. The keynote speaker was 2010 BGCL Youth of the Year Greydy Diaz, a senior at Fairfield University who interned at NBC Sports. Frank Cieri served as auctioneer, and Timra Carlson was recognized for serving as chair of the Auction Committee.

Markus Fischer, executive director of BGCL, said he is humbled by the generosity of community members whose generous donation of auction items “literally helps keep our doors open.” Some of the highest sellers included a six-day tour of Germany for two in a brand new Mercedes-Benz; the Ultimate Guys Night for seven with fine wine, cigars, and gourmet food hosted in a private wine cellar; a golf extravaganza with lodging and dining for four in Pebble Beach, California; an officially licensed 2015 Boston Marathon race number; and an ocean-view vacation home for seven days on Mykonos, Greece.

Brand new this year was a collection of 33 wine bottles hand-selected by the BGCL Board of Governors. Other popular items included premier Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics tickets with fan experiences, tickets to Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, chef’s table nights, a makeover for 10 at Robert Jason Salon in Andover, artwork, jewelry, and home goods. One lucky winner won a raffle cash prize of $10,000.

In addition, many attendees bid on items to benefit Club kids rather than themselves. A group of individuals committed to paying for a qualified BGCL member to attend the Phillips Academy Summer Session. Sixty donors volunteered to “Feed the Need” toward the cost of giving Club kids a hot meal every day.

BGCL Board of Governors member Tom Costello and his wife, Auction Committee member Kary Robertson, have been coming to the auction for more than 25 years. However, this was just the second time the Newburyport residents attended as guests rather than working at the event.

Hypnotist, comedian to raise money for Heal Lawrence

LAWRENCE — Hypnotist Jerry Valley will perform at a fund-raiser to benefit the Rotary Club and Heal Lawrence June 7 at the Relief’s In, 1 Market St. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The show starts after dinner with Comedian David DiLorenzo, as opening act. He has performed with stars like Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Klein, Steven Wright and Dane Cook. DJ Jamie will provide musical entertainment.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a sports memorabilia silent auction.

Corporate sponsorships are available for $500 and includes dinner and show for a party of 10.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchase by sending an email to or by calling 617-680-7964.

Ensemble performs 16th Century Spanish music

ANDOVER — Boston-based chamber choir Convivium Musicum will present a concert of Spanish music of the Renaissance on Monday May 18 at 4 p.m. at Christ Church, 33 Central St. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

The show features works by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero, and Cristobal de Morales, 16th Century organists, singers and composers whose music became known both in Europe and Latin America.

The Convivium Musicum ensemble is directed by Michael Barrett. Barrett earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from Harvard University, a Master of Music with a concentration in choir conducting from Indiana University and a First Phase Diploma in singing from Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Barrett is pursuing a doctoral degree at Boston University.

Tickets are $20 and $12.

Refuge offers week-long photo camp for local teens

NEWBURYPORT — Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting its annual Digital Nature Photography Day Camp for high school-age youth the week of July 14 - 18, 2014 at the refuge in Newburyport.

Provided with a loaner digital single lens reflex camera, each camp participant will spend the week learning and practicing the fundamentals of photographic exposure and composition. “Photo safaris” to the national wildlife refuge and other natural areas will provide opportunities for photographing nature “up close and personal.” Emphasis will be placed capturing images of wildlife and nature. In the process of practicing these new skills, campers will learn about nature by spending time in nature.

Camp participants will also learn how to edit their digital images on a computer. In order to participate in this year’s camp, each participant will be required to provide and use their own laptop computer (either Windows or Mac). A free image editing program will be identified for downloading by the refuge’s camp director.

Applicants to the day camp must be entering grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 next fall (or be of equivalent age, if home-schooled). While photography experience is not required, applicants should have a sincere interest in learning about both photography and the natural world. Using a lottery process, a total of ten youth will be selected to participate in this year’s camp session. Participants will be provided a loaner camera and lens for the duration of the camp. Only the laptop computer needs to be provided. Tuition for the camp is $100.

Those interested in applying to this year’s photo camp should download, complete and return a “Photo Camp Application” by June 4th. The form is available at this web address: For further information, contact the refuge at (978) 465-5753, ext. 210.

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