Participants in the live and silent auctions being held on Friday to support the could win a South African Safari, a ride to school from the , a flat screen TV and even a meet and greet with Republican Senator Scott Brown.
A year ago, in response to the possibility the center may have had to shut its doors, members of the community got together and held a dinner and fundraiser at Emerald Hall that raised more than $30,000. That and a California Pizza Kitchen event that raised another $4,000 sent the BCYC on its way to surer financial footing. This Friday, Jan. 27, the youth center will host its second annual "winter cookout," also at Emerald Hall, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tom and Janice Weitbrecht have donated the services of their Braintree-based auctioneering firm for the event and have, along with other supporters, gathered a lengthy list of auction items. Also included so far is a year of beer from Sam Adams, ski passes, hotel stays including the Liberty Hotel & Quincy Marriott, a signed Bruins hockey puck, a tour of the State House and much more.
Food will include Chicken & Steak Kabobs, Corn on The Cob, Potato Salad and other items. DJ Ray Productions will provide entertainment. Tickets are $30 each and were still available as of early this week, though the deadline for purchase (only online) is during the day on Thursday.
The center started as a Braintree Rotary Club project and opened in 2007. It is open for kids in grades 6 through 12 and dozens of them come every Friday and Saturday night to play video games, compete in pool and ping pong tournaments, eat snacks and just hang out.