More than 140 items were up for grabs in the Oysterponds Elementary School PTA’s holiday auction at Poquatuck Hall in Orient yesterday.
The group auctioned off a wide variety of perfect holiday gifts and the price was right — an “arms’ length” of tickets was just $25.
“It’s the most fun way to go Christmas shopping,” said Damon Rallis of Mattituck, one of the early customers at the auction, as he filled out his auction tickets.
Vicky Slade of Cutchogue, who brought her granddaughter Riley Whitecavage, age 6 (and 1/2) came prepared with her own ink stamp.
The auction enjoys huge community support, said Oysterponds PTA president Gail Barlow. Local businesses as well as parents, teachers, administrators and members of the board of education all chip in with donations of items and cash — items including a Lotto ticket tree to baskets of cheer, bottles of local wine, fresh produce, clothing, toys, books, tools and more. Refreshments (cocoa and cookies) were donated by Panera Bread.
The event is a fundraiser for the Oysterponds after-school enrichment program.