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Giving Preparing Achieving

Grosse Pointe Academy Action Auction gives back to the community

The annual Grosse Pointe Academy's Action Auction features a wide array of items on which to bid from a fur coat to trips and jewelry.

April 26, 2012
A special anniversary gift or a family outing. A new car or a sharp watch.

All are part of the action as the community rallies behind this year's Grosse Pointe Academy Action Auction.

Dozens of items will be up for auction during the two-day event – a silent auction Wednesday, May 9 and the live auction Saturday, May 12.

With the theme, "Giving, Preparing, Achieving," 10 percent of this year's net auction proceeds will go to the new Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the Henry Ford Medical Center Cottage and Pierson Clinic.

The remaining proceeds support academic offerings at Grosse Pointe Academy, scholarship and tuition assistance for its students and maintaining the campus at Moran and Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Auction co-chairs Alison Arkison and Jennifer Bojarczyk said preparation for this year's event has been hard work and a lot of fun.

"We have focused on some family activities with more excursions and there are some incredible auction items, said Arkison, a GPA alum along with Bojarczyk.

"The community makes our work fun," Bojarczyk said. "We enjoyed this too much this year. It all came together thanks to the support of a lot of people. We made a lot of new friends this year as well."

As will the expected 500 attendees over the two days. The Wednesday, May 9 event starts at 6 p.m. with the silent auction, followed by a live auction preview from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. A strolling dinner prepared by Plum Market and cocktails also are part of the evening.

On Saturday, May 12, the super silent auction is 6 to 6:45 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. A seated dinner prepared by Plum Market begins at 7 p.m., followed by the Dumouchelle Auctioneers presentation of the live auction. New this year is the Neiman Marcus Club Action Auction "Sips and Sounds," which follows the auction with dancing until 11:30 p.m. with DJ Prevu and World Percussionist Jared Sykes.

Both events are at the Grosse Pointe Academy Tracy Fieldhouse and feature complimentary valet parking at the Moran Road entrance.

Action Auction co-chairs Jennifer Bojarczyk and Alison Arkison.
"Giving back to the community is a huge element for us this year," Arkison said. "Not only do we love our school, we love our community as well."

Among the auction items available at Action Auction 2012:

*      A 2012 Cadillac SRX, a special Academy edition provided by Cadillac in cooperation with Michael and Jennifer Bojarczyk.

*      Two tickets to a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and hotel accommodations in New York City provided by Viacom Media Services.

*      A Ronde Collection Cartier watch provided by edmund t. AHEE jewelers.

*      A mink coat provided by Lazare's of Grosse Pointe.

*     An 18k white gold Ceylon sapphire and diamond necklace provided by LaLonde Jewelers.

*      Participation in the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving provided by Chevrolet.

*     A one-week stay at an Ile Saint-Louis Paris Apartment provided by the Nicholson family.

*      A three-night spa trip for four to Miraval in Tucson, Ariz. Provided by Ken and Jenny Fruehauf.

*      A Napa Valley trip for four with a stay at Auberge du Soleil provided by Lewis and Jill Cooper.

The auction includes other trips, special paintings from local artists, the chance to throw the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game, VIP training camp package for the Detroit Lions from the Buhl family, a Vespa provided by Joe Ricci Automotive/Vespa of Dearborn and much more.

"There's a Colorado ski trip, a trip to a Colorado dude ranch and a good mix of one-of-a-kind experiences," Bojarczy said.

For more information, visit academyactionauction.org. Reservations requested by May 4.

Honorary chairs for the event are Beth and Howard Crane, who will join general chairs Alison and Michael Arkison and Jennifer and Michael Bojarczyk.

The presenting sponsor is Henry Ford Medical Center Cottage and Pierson Clinic. Paddle raising sponsor is Urban Science. Supporting sponsors include Airfoil Public Relations, Comerica Bank, Fisher & Company, Meridian Health Plan, Middletons Mouldings, Plante & Moran, PLLC and Woodworth Financial.

Neiman Marcus Club Action Auction sponsors include Neiman Marcus, the Demkowicz family, the Janovsky family and the Provenzano family.

Media sponsor is the Grosse Pointe News.

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