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Sharing more than memories

Guilderland Class of 1978 holds auction to benefit Make-A-Wish

— The auction includes a ski package for two at Gore Mountain, two tours of the historic Beekman Farm with a $25 gift certificate for dining at the American Hotel in Saratoga Springs, four tickets to the ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, four tickets to see The Gibson Brothers at Lillian’s in Saratoga Springs, the Straight Trifecta Card Racing Package for up to four people at Saratoga Race Course, two tickets to Proctors Theatre and items for other regional attractions.

Class members donated many items, including paintings from Sally McCarthy, Judy Aronson, Frankie Flores, Sheila Hamblin and a print from Manaber Mori; photographs by Michael Korol, Saul Aronson, Connie Bush and Sylvia Aronson; along with other items such as a glass bead necklace by Rhea Doran.

Hamblin, of Oklahoma, said he was “delighted to receive an invitation” and donated her original painting of New Mexico scenery.

Stephanie Takes-Desbiens, a blogger living in Maine, is excited to attend the reunion and bid on items.

“I’m planning to attend,” Takes-Desbiens said, “and when the auction starts, I’ll be first in line to bid.”

Make-A-Wish chapter CEO Bill Trigg said this is the first time the foundation has partnered with a class reunion to raise funds.

“It’s inspiring to meet a group that wants to have fun together and support a great cause in honor of their fellow classmates,” Trigg said.

Make-A-Wish spokesman Tim Riley said previously, classes have donated to the foundation upon graduating, but the reunion offered a unique opportunity.

“It is also interesting they have such a high number of classmates that are artists and willing to donate their own works,” Riley said. “Even though it is a class donation it is also sort of personal outreach on the part of a lot former students, which makes it pretty memorable.”

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