On Jan. 23, folks from Weston, Londonderry, Andover, Peru and Landgrove came together to contribute funds to help the people of Haiti. Nearly 200 residents and second homeowners gathered at the Weston Rod and Gun Club, which donated the use of the space, to bid on more than 100 items in a silent auction, plus five other donations that were sold in a live - and lively - auction.
In 90 minutes the event raised more than $18,000, which was contributed to Partners in Health, a Boston-based charity that has been active in Haiti since 1985. Partners in Health maintains a 104-bed hospital and eight clinics in Haiti. Partners is the provider of health care - without regard to ability to pay - to more than a half million people in the highlands of Haiti, and their facilities have been overrun with people fleeing from Port Au Prince since the earthquake.
The event was put together in less than a week by a group led by Julie Hoyt, Marguerite Mason and her sister, Trudy Ernst, Deborah and Wayne Granquist, Jennifer Server, Nancy Donnelly, Mimi Neff and Deborah Peretz. But countless others pitched in to provide the auction items, snacks, and beverages for the event, and to set up, check out the successful bidders and clean up the premises.