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November 14, 2013

Auction's goal: Raise $25,000 for rail trail art

Upcoming event designed to add sculptures to river walkway

It’s a $50,000 plan.

If it works, the Bradford Rail Trail will be decorated with sculptured art work, making it a tourist attraction.

So say organizers of the All Aboard Auction Gala, which is happening this weekend.

The event’s goal is to raise $25,000 for the sculptures. That would double the amount of money available for the project because the local Pentucket Bank has already donated $25,000.

The Team Haverhill civic group and the Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail conjured up the plan to place the sculptures on the trail in a project called the Art Walk.

The trail is along an old railroad bed on the Bradford side of the Merrimack River, across from downtown. It is being groomed to give people a place to stroll, run and bike along the river.

The auction gala will be Nov. 16 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. Tickets are $50 per person, and will not be sold at the door.

Tickets must be purchased by sending a check to Team Haverhill at P.O. Box 5034, Haverhill, MA 01835 or at the Team Haverhill web site — www.teamhaverhill.org.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner begins at 7 p.m. The event will feature a live and silent action and live entertainment.

“We have a featured singer ... who is singing a couple of songs that fit in with the theme of the evening, transportation,” said Spotlight Players President Scott Helmers.

Sandra Huerta Vitti of the Spotlight Players will sing “Chattanooga Choo Choo’’ and “Sentimental Journey,’’ Helmers said.

With TV meteorologist Matt Noyes of Haverhill as the auctioneer, the event’s planners have some interesting items to put up for bid.

“We have one African safari photo trip worth about $6,000,” Team Haverhill member Timothy Jordan said about one of the auction items.

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