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Going, Going, Sold, to paddle number #443, with "shopping therapy" receptors poised, auction visitors were treated to a wide buffet of selections, from electronics to art everyone could find their item of interest. Over 300 satisfied donors and shoppers participated in this year's first auction to benefit the Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp (MDSC), "For Love of Camp."
Gathering from the guest list of staff, campers, and friends, the committee got the message out. "We need your help, for the love of camp!" And they came, and they had a great time; strolling to food stations, perusing silent auction items, rushing to enter that final bid, driven by the commanding voice of the auctioneer, Steve Gross, Premier Auction Services, announcing the closing of the next section.
Renewing friendships, families laughing with one another over a shared memory, young people hawking raffle tickets 3 for $25, "what a bargain."
The waves of people moving past item after item, suddenly looking up into the face of a long lost friend, a bit weathered by life, but strengthened by purpose, 266 silent auction items, 30 live auction items, benefactors, sponsors, supporters all uniting into a powerful force "For Love of Camp."
Board members share, "It is because of our young people, past, present and future. Since the opening of the camp in 1952, our summer camp has touched and enriched the lives of thousands of Metropolis youth. Youth that made friendships to last a lifetime."
The words of Metropolitan Nicholas summarize the events impact, "My friends, the vision of all those who have labored for the MDSC and those who have been the beneficiaries of all that it offers have brought us to this important day. While we congratulate all those who have put forth time and effort towards this great task, we ask that we continue to give from the abundance that God has bestowed upon us and our families to achieve this dream."
Special recognition to the Auction Team, under able and dedicated leadership of General Chair, Katina Cloutier, committee members included: Fr. Stratton Dorozenski, Dr. Sophia Masters, Aaron Cloutier, Lexie Mallis, Kate and Art Lionas, Terry Kyriakopoulos, Karen Cosmos, Anne Feles, Patti Weaver, Steve Karniotis, Evelyn Inempolidis, John Tangalos, Toni Sova, Anna Niforos, Olga Cardasis, SueAnn Savas, John Costa, Louise Holt, Presilla Zervos, George Cassis.
Congratulations to all who participated, "For the Love of Camp."