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May 2, 2013

Stars of the night

Saturday auction benefits Boys and Girls Club programs

If you love soap operas or have a yen to do a little acting, the Boys and Girls Club Starry Night Charity Auction is the place to be on Saturday night.

Among the many items up for bid at this year’s fundraiser are a walk-on part on the soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” as well as four VIP tickets to “The Doctors.” The package was donated by former area resident Marnie Saita, who wanted to show how important she feels the Boys and Girls Club is to families and children throughout the area, said the club’s executive director Jim Keenan.

The package is only the beginning of a huge list of items available to the highest bidders on Saturday at both the silent and live auctions, which accompany dinner catered by Andiamo. There’s something to fit everyone’s budget, for although live auction items usually retail for more than $250, silent auction items are valued at $250 or less.

Red Sox and Patriots tickets will go under the gavel, as will all kinds of electronics, golfing foursomes, fishing trips, a 24-foot boat slip at Newburyport Boat Basin valued at $2,280, and numerous hotel stays and vacation retreats, such as a seven-night, all-inclusive trip to St. Lucia, estimated at $2,500. There’s even a two-night stay at the Salisbury Hotel, located in New York City.

Three members of the Patriots will be represented at the auction. There’s signed memorabilia from Doug Flutie and Rob Gronkowski, and a Tom Brady autographed jersey valued at $1,250.

But that’s only a handful of the hundreds of items at the auction. Volunteers will create a wine cave displaying scores of bottles of wine and super-sized champagne offerings.

Some of the most unique items are six Adirondack chairs, custom painted by club members just for the event, Keenan said.

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