Band Boosters biggest fundraiser being held virtually

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The Point Pleasant Borough High School Band Boosters annual Holiday Craft Fair and Gift Auction is being held virtually this year. Starting Nov. 28 the Virtual Holiday Gift Auction will give community members the opportunity to bid on many prizes and help raise some funds to support the students and band programs. [DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Borough High School Band Boosters annual Holiday Craft Fair and Gift Auction is moving online this year.

Starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 28 and ending at 8 p.m. Dec. 5, the Virtual Holiday Gift Auction will give community members, friends and family the opportunity to bid on a variety of prizes, all while helping to raise funds for an important cause. 

“It will be open for about a week and people can go online and bid on items, and there’ll also be almost like a ‘buy it now’ section where they can go and buy random stocking stuffers. It’ll all go toward money for the Band Boosters scholarship program,” President Michele Haugh told The Ocean Star.

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Each Yuletide season the Holiday Craft Fair and Gift Auction draws upwards of 100 crafters, artisans and vendors to Memorial Middle School to sell their goods to the hundreds of community members who come out to enjoy a day of shopping, delicious treats and holiday music. This year, however, the coronavirus pandemic has caused the annual event to go virtual.

“As you know it’s been a very trying time due to COVID-19 and we all have been affected in some way, shape or form. Our children/students, and especially the class of 2021, have dealt with many changes and challenges that no child should have to deal with, especially during their senior year. My daughter is one of the captains of the color guard and is a senior this year. This year’s gift auction is very near and dear to me and with all my might we are trying to make it as successful as the years past,” chair Donna Frustieri told The Ocean Star.

“As you know we had to go virtual this year. First, I like to note that even during this pandemic ours and other local communities/businesses have been very, very generous to us. Because we are virtual we reached out to many neighboring communities in an effort to expand our audience. Many businesses donated from Toms River, Brick, Wall, Manasquan, Belmar, Spring Lake, Sea Girt as well as our own Boro, Beach and Bay Head. 

“32 Auctions allows us to link each donor’s website to their specific donation. This in turn helps us get a donation and promote our donors at the same time. Especially due to COVID this will allow our viewers to see or check out their websites, with many not wanting to go out shopping or deal with crowds, they can easily see what businesses have to offer and hopefully will then shop local either in person or on-line. All our donors/sponsors mean a lot to us; they are the key to our success. We all need to work together, help one another out, especially during these trying times.”

All proceeds from the Virtual Holiday Gift Auction will go to support the Point Pleasant Borough High School band and color guard programs as well as help the Band Boosters, an all-volunteer organization, provide scholarships to graduating seniors.

This is an excerpt of the print article. For more on this story, read The Ocean Star—on newsstands Friday or online in our e-Edition.

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