Going, going once

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Nearly 90 orchestra and choir students will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and then traveling to Europe for performances during the upcoming spring break week. To get there, it’s costing each student and each chaperone $3,200.

Silent and live auctions of a wide array of gift cards and packages, artwork, sports memorabilia, vacations, furniture, and more will take place at the Grand Hall of Harbourfront Place, 41 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven, from 7-11 p.m. Friday. All proceeds go the students’ trip funds.

“This is our last big fundraiser for the trip,” said Melissa Meyers, the high school’s orchestra director.

Since June 2012, the students have washed and parked cars, wrapped Christmas gifts, performed music, and hosted a fancy dinner to raise funds.

Meyers and the school’s choir director, Shirley Lemon, will be leading the group on the trip, March 30 to April 8. Among the chaperones is the Grand Haven middle school orchestra director, Tatyana Walters, who is organizing the auction.

“We had some fun planning this event,” Walters said.

Here are just a few of the many items attendees will have the opportunity to bid on: a basketball signed by Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and a football signed by MSU coach Mark Dantonio, charter boat fishing cruise, a couple of golf packages, packages to see the Whitecaps and Griffins, Grand Rapids Symphony “Lollipops” concert family package, music lessons by a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a photo session with Suzy Hendrickson, men’s and women’s designer sunglasses and eye exam from Shoreline Optical, $300 in labor from Brugger House Builders, a half-day boat rental, and several music instruments turned into art by local artists.

The event will also include live music, appetizers, a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $15, or $25 per couple. They are available at the Grand Haven Education Service Center, 1415 S. Beechtree St.; and The Bookman, 715 Washington Ave. They will also be available at the door.

For information, e-mail Tatyana Walters at walterst@ghaps.org.

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