Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 31, 2013

Businesses, ABC team to support program

Andover A Better Chance says it is “celebrating all things local” with its second annual Valentine’s Day online auction.

Andover ABC provides motivated students, from under-performing urban schools, the opportunity to live in town and to prepare for college by attending Andover High School, one of Massachusetts’ top performing schools.

The “Bid for A Better Chance” auction, hosted by the philanthropic website, will feature an eclectic mix of items and services from over 28 local businesses including Royal Jewelers, dresscode, Shawsheen Liquors, Quiet Pleasures Jewelry, Savoir Faire Home, The Ivory Corset, Verizon Wireless, J. Christopher Haircutters and Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs.

Local artists, writers, house painters and financial managers have joined forces with ABC to offer art and unusual services to bidders as well. According to Pam Rosenberg, ABC board member and auction manager, favorites like vacation homes, sports tickets and unusual experiences fill out the roster of over 60 items.

“We really wanted to give local businesses a platform to reach Andover residents and at the same time to support our program,” reported Rosenberg. “We have an impressive mix of retailers in Andover.”

The auction can be previewed at

Bidding closes on Feb. 9. Andover ABC plans to deliver all items to winning bidders before Valentine’s Day.

Last year’s Bid for A Better Chance auction grossed approximately $10,000 for the educational non-profit.

“We definitely think (the online auction) is an efficient and fun way to raise funds for our program,” said Mary Pritchard, ABC board president. “We also love the theme of ‘Give Where You Live’. Participating in this year’s auction, gives Andoverites a chance to support local businesses and a local non-profit with one click.”

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