Once again, this year my friend Amy Blue has organized the Project Cupid Charity Date Auction to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. I’ve written before about Amy and the reason this cause is so dear to her. Â No one likes to talk about cancer, heck no one likes to think about it, but ignoring it won’t make it go away and each year since 2010, Amy goes out of her way to face it head on and share the story of her family’s tragedy and the loss of young Isaias Thomas Valentin who they lost to cancer just days before he reached his tenth birthday.
Instead of dwelling in the sorrow, as no one would have blamed her for doing, Amy decided to make something joyful out of something so painful with the date auction. Â This year, Amy has been fortunate enough to be able to sweeten the pot with the addition of a celebrity date. Â Red over at Surviving Grady got all the details first hand in his interview with said celebrity. Â So in her own words, here’s Heidi Watney:
…since Iâ€™m no longer in Boston, I canâ€™t just be auctioned off and set up an open-ended date. So I gave Linda Henry a call and told her Iâ€™m trying to put together this date thatâ€™s going to be auctioned off and itâ€™d be great if we could sweeten the pot by getting some great seats to a Sox game and without hesitation she said, no problem, you guys can have front row tickets. Then I called up the manager of Jerryâ€™s restaurant [Remyâ€™s Sports Bar & Grill] and told them about the date and asked if they could take care of us for dinner before the game and they said absolutely, no problem.
Heidi is a huge get for Project Cupid and with the date package she has put together she has ensured there will be many eager to start the bidding immediately. Â Donating to the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber is never a bad idea and the Project Cupid Charity Date Auction is always a good time but this year, in case some folks need it, there’s even more of an incentive to go (because, sadly for those out of state, you do need to be in attendance to win. Â Although if you can’t make it to Boston, you can still send donations to Project Cupid here.).
Amy puts a lot of time and effort into making sure the auction is a fun night for everyone attending and all that’s asked of you in return is a $15 suggested donation at the door which gives you the opportunity to not only bid on the baseball date with Heidi WatneyÂ but other bachelors and bachelorettes as well as many Boston and sports-related items.
While you’re in a giving mood, head on over to Facebook and “like” Project Cupid’s page. Â There you’ll get auction updates and profiles on the other volunteers who will have a date with them auctioned off.
The third annual Project Cupid Date Auction will be held on Saturday, February 11th at The Estate in Boston from 6:30pm-10pm. Â For folks planning a trip into town for Truck Day, the two events are happening on the same date…why not make a day of it?