hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


July 25, 2013

$25K plus auction equals tourist attraction

Organizers say sculptures will make Rail Trail a hit


For years, Haverhill has had a goal of developing a walking and biking trail that would loop around the center of the city. The Rail Trail is the final piece and will be the southern part of the loop. The loop also includes the downtown to the north, Basiliere Bridge to the east and Comeau Bridge to the west.

“Pentucket Bank’s donation for the Art Walk at the Bradford Rail Trail will be the catalyst that leads to the eventual Bridge to Bridge Art Loop,’’ said Tim Jordan of Team Haverhill.

“Pentucket Bank is proud to be part of this effort towards Haverhill’s renaissance,’’ said Scott Cote, president of Pentucket Bank. “Pentucket Bank has been a partner of Team Haverhill’s on virtually every project we have worked on. No single business has provided the level of support that Pentucket Bank has.’’

The bank’s donation, coupled with the All Aboard auction to be held at the Haverhill Country Club on Nov. 16, will provide $50,000 for the sculptures to be placed along the Rail Trail.

The All Aboard auction will feature NECN meteorologist Matt Noyes of Haverhill as the auctioneer. The Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail and Team Haverhill are soliciting auction items. Anyone interested in donating an item should email ArtWalkBRT@teamhaverhill.org.

Team Haverhill suggests donations of: Gift certificates to restaurants or specialty stores, or for services; travel packages or vacation rentals; tickets to concerts, theater or sporting events; and unique one-of-a-kind items.

Cash donations are also accepted.

Participating businesses will receive donor recognition at the auction, on the Team Haverhill website and through the media.

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