Rockland Family Shelter's
The high bid for the first 5 ML bottle of Bracco Wine Amarone della Valpolicella was $1000
By HEMA EASLEY -- THE JOURNAL NEWS
Rockland Family Shelter's 26th annual auction.
4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4th
The Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave.
Private cruises, lunch with celebrities, cooking classes at home and tickets to the New York Philharmonic or Radio City Music Hall will all come under the hammer at the Rockland Family Shelter's 26th annual auction on Sunday.
The event at the Nyack Center will benefit survivors of domestic, dating and sexual violence, and their family and friends.
"We need the funds to be able to provide the services we offer," said Candy Pittari, director of outreach community education for the shelter. "It's a great chance for people to come out and buy wonderful gifts at reasonable prices and support a very good cause."
According to statistics provided by the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a state-funded organization based in Albany, nearly one in three women experience at least one physical assault by a partner.
Hospital emergency room data shows that women account for 84 percent of those seeking treatment for an intentional injury by an intimate. More than 50 percent of homeless women in America have fled domestic violence.
At Sunday's auction, guest auctioneer Lorraine Bracco, Dr. Melfi on HBO's "The Sopranos," will assist RFS board member Steven Abel and will offer for bid a lunch with her on the set of the television series.
Other items up for the live auction are an iPod signed by members of the band U2, tickets to the Tony award-winning "Putnam County Spelling Bee," private cruises of Long Island Sound and the Hudson River, cooking classes in your home, dinner for six at private clubs, tickets to the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and gift certificates to restaurants and boutiques.
Also on the auction block are tickets to "Chita Rivera, The Dancer's Life," dinner at Danny's Grand Sea Palace, hockey tickets and a golf foursome. Music lovers may like Metropolitan's "Rigolettos" or the New York Philharmonic.
All items for auction have been donated to the Rockland Family Shelter free of cost, said Pittari. All proceeds will go to the Rockland Family Shelter, which provides services to approximately 2,200 woman annually.
The shelter offers free, confidential and multilingual services, including a 24-hour hotline, counseling, medical and legal services, and an emergency crisis shelter.
A $15 admission fee will include the auction catalog, refreshments and beverages.
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