We would like to thank Griffin Properties, one of the sponsors of The Bids & The Bees.
Griffin Properties is an established real estate services firm representing buyers and sellers of condominiums, single family homes, multi family homes, and investment and commercial properties. Located in Cambridge MA, we serve Cambridge and its surrounding communities of Arlington, Boston (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End, Waterfront), Belmont, Medford, Somerville, and Watertown.
Additionally, we would like to thank just a few of the local businesses that have donated the following items to the silent auction!
Don't forget to buy your tickets to The Bids & The Bees! Buy before May 1 and save $5.
We're less than two months away from our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we could not be more excited! Last year was our first time running The Bids & The Bees and it was a buzzing success. (Pun intended!) We can't wait to see what our second year brings.
We are so grateful to the local business community for donating so many wonderful prizes to our silent auction. We already have in our first prize, a one-hour gift certificate to Pyara Salon, located just outside in Harvard Square. (They just moved to their beautiful new location.) If you have a good or service you would like to donate, please e-mail our president and event chair, Bev Feldman.
Additionally, we invite you to be a sponsor for our event. There are four different levels at which you can be a sponsor, each with their own perk, including tickets to the event and advertising on our blog and at the event itself. You can read more about it here.
Thank you for helping to make this event a huge success for the second year!
As many of you know, the Friends of the Center for Families (FCFF) is a group of parents and providers who over the years have really benefited from the the wonderful programs that the Center for Families offers, as I am sure many of have as well. As a mom of a 15-month-old, I have made friendships with many families I have connected with through Christine's infant group. As a former staff member, I know personally how hard they work to provide high quality programs.
A few months into working there, however, in 2008, the economy took a nosedive and the Center lost a good deal of funding. Programs sadly had to be cut. That is why FCFF formed. To be able to support the amazing work that the Center does. In our 3 short years in existence we have been able to help fund Zumba, a computer teacher for a family literacy program, and a field trip that had not happened since my first year working there. These are just a few examples of what we have been able to do.
Right now there are 5 of us who are volunteering our time regularly to be able to keep FCFF going; most of us have been involved since the very beginning. Like you, we are all busy parents. We want to grow as an organization, and we really need your help to do so.
There are many different ways you can help with as little as an hour of your time!
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please feel free to e-mail me at friendsofthecenterforfamilies(at)gmail.com.
And please save the date for our spring fundraiser, the Second Annual The Bids & The Bees, Friday, May 15!
All the best,
President, Friends of the Center for Families
We are thrilled to once again be having our annual fall fundraiser at Flatbread Pizza in Davis Square on Wednesday, October 15.
It is a really fun night, as it is a chance for families to come together for a meal in a very family-friendly restaurant with delicious food. This year children will have an opportunity to decorate pumpkins, just in time for Halloween. (Thanks to Hanson's Farm for donating them!)
What's great about this event is there is very little upfront cost to us, but we are able to raise a good amount of money from it. Flatbread Pizza kind donates a percentage of money for each pizza sold during the evening, from 5:00 pm until closing, including takeout! So even if you can't stay, we would appreciate your support by buying a pizza to enjoy with your family or friends at home that evening.
For more details on the event and to RSVP, check out our Facebook invitation, and please share with your friends!
After 10 months of planning, The Bids & The Bees is finally here! Even if you didn't buy your tickets ahead of time, have no fear, you can still buy them at the door.
Don't forget to bring some extra cash for the 50/50 raffle--the more people who buy tickets, the more money that goes into the pot, and the more money you could possibly win!
Finally, here is the final prizes up for bidding at our silent auction (you can find the rest of the prizes in previous blog posts):
If you have any questions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be checking
We're just two days away from The Bids & The Bees! We have excitedly been watching the number of attendees slowly grow. (We may or may not be checking our e-mail obsessively.) Don't forget, you have until the end of Wednesday to purchase your tickets online and save!
In the meantime, we have a number of awesome silent auction prizes to bring out your inner child (or, if you have children, you can bring 'em along!) These kids-friendly prizes include:
How will you bring out your inner child?
From Southern-style BBQ to gourmet goodies, at The Bids & The Bees you will have the opportunity to bid on gift cards to local eateries that will satisfy even the biggest food critic. The food-related silent auction items include:
We're getting hungry thinking about all the delicious food we could be feasting on after the event!
Speaking of feasts, a special shout-out to our Dave's Fresh Pasta, who will be providing us with mouth-watering treats the night of the event and is helping to sponsor The Bids & The Bees!
At our last board meeting we had a great laugh watching this video from a national spelling bee:
The English language has some seriously strange words, don't you think?
We've been having fun scouring the dictionary for some doozies to throw at our spelling bee participants at The Bids and the Bees, which is just over two weeks away! Don't forget to buy your tickets and check back on Friday for updates on some more great silent auction prizes.
Did you know that attending The Bids & The Bees is good for your body and spirit?
It's true. Money from the event will go toward helping to fund amazing programs at the Center for Families, and we all know that giving to the community it good for the spirit. And with some of the incredible auction items we have up for bid in our silent auction, your body can feel the benefits of partaking in what will be a night to remember.
These good-for-the-body auction items include not one, not two, but three gift certificates for massages! Blue Fern Massage, Pyara Salon in Harvard Square, and Sollievo Massage and Bodywork have all generously donated each a gift card good for a one-hour massage.
Looking to invigorate both your mind and body? Then be sure to bid on a one-month pass to Corepower Yoga. Skin need a little revitalizing? American Laser Skincare in Davis Square has your covered with three passes for microdermabrasion.
Be sure to check back next week as announce some of the tasty treats up for bid!
Among the many wonderful local businesses donating to The Bids & The Bees silent auction there will be works by several artists, including:
Don't forget to buy your tickets early to ensure that you will have the opportunity to bid on these fabulous artists' work!