It wasn’t like past events, but this year’s junior class auction still gaveled in thousands of dollars for the Abington High School Class of 2022.
COVID-19 precautions meant for the first time in recent memory the annual event was held outside. Under bright sunshine and a blue sky, hundreds of supporters of the junior class bought an auction paddle and made bids on dozens of prizes.
Guests could choose from a wide assortment of silent and live auction items, as well as raffle prizes.
In total, the event raised about $18,000 for the junior class.
Junior Class Secretary Faith Ryan, who helped organize the event, said she was proud of how everyone thought of creative ways to keep the tradition going.
“I think we’re doing a great job of perservering,” she said. “[For example], we don’t have to do it indoors. ”
The live auction, which was held in front of the middle/high school’s front entrance, included tickets for Billy Joel at Fenway, a Red Sox ticket package, a 55-inch television, and a full catering spread from Sarcastic Swine.
Silent auction items included gift baskets from Sorelle, Previte’s, and Island Creek Oysters, rounds of golf at local courses, and registrations for youth baseball, softball, soccer, flag football, and youth football/cheerleading. Yaz’s Table offered donut holes for life.