St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School Announces Online Auction


A weekend stay at the Fairmont Princess Hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda (above) is one of the hundreds of items to be auctioned at www.biddingforgood.com/ststephensschool to raise money for St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School in Watertown.

WATERTOWN, Mass. — The St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (SSAES) Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is holding its third annual online Christmas auction to raise funds to benefit the school.

Starting on November 10 and through November 20, bidders will have the opportunity to win unique products, services and memorabilia through Bidding for Good www.biddingforgood.com/ststephensschool). Last year, this auction event drew bidders from both the St. Stephen’s school community as well as an online community of more than 230,000 active bidders through Bidding for Good. More than 1,700 visitors navigated the school’s auction website last year, a number that is expected to significantly increase this November.

Julia Elvin of Watertown is one of last year’s online bidders who bid on and won several items for prices that were far lower than the market value. “It was kind of neat. Not only was I doing something good and charitable, I had the opportunity to bid on and win items I would not have normally thought to purchase or bid on. The auction had some great items and it was so much fun.”

This event will allow bidders to shop at their own convenience, refer others to the auction, easily monitor the bidding and come away with holiday gifts, all to benefit the school. There are a variety of gifts being auctioned off, from Walt Disney World Park Hopper passes for four, an overnight stay at Boston’s hip Liberty Hotel, a weekend stay at Bermuda’s Fairmont Princess Hotel in Hamilton, to lunch at the renowned Blue Ginger Restaurant, in Wellesley and a karaoke party at the Limelight. There is something for everyone to enjoy with an items catalogue comprising toys and games, salons and spas, camps, restaurants, art, jewelry, parties and much more.

“As the excitement builds towards our third annual auction we are thrilled that this event has become one of our school’s signature fundraisers,” said PTO Co-chair Christine Kahvejian.

“We are using the incredible power of the Internet to reach well beyond our school community, drawing support from across the country and around the world.”

“Local and national businesses have come forward to generously support this event. We are proud to be able to create a unique value proposition by generating broader exposure for our donors,” added Kahvejian.

SSAES is a private bilingual school currently serving approximately 200 children from the Greater Boston area. It is the only Armenian school in New England to be accredited by the Association of Independent Schools in New England, and its students have achieved top scores in the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills.

For more information about the auction, to preview the growing auction catalog or to make a donation, visit http://www.biddingforgood.com/ststephensschool or auction(at)ssaes.org. For more information about the school, visit www.ssaes.org.