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The Online Auction is Live!

We’ve had a bit of a lull here on the fundraising front. I planned a late March ramp up as the marathon approached, but then Covid-19 happened. I’ll post more on that development later…today we are launching our online auction at https://auction.jackprior.org.

While the marathon date has changed, my personal goal of raising the full $6000 amount for the Newton Rotary Scholarships to be awarded in the coming weeks to six Newton High School Seniors has not! We are just $564 dollars short of that amount at the moment, and with over $2400 worth of items donated to our online auction, we should be able to exceed that handily with your help.

Funds raised beyond the scholarship target will go to support Newton Rotary’s efforts to support the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The online auction is simple — Browse for items you like and bid in $5 increments. The bids are just like comments on a blog. You can bid under aas many fake names you like, just include your real email address on the bid form so I can contact you if you win. Just put in the dollar number of the bid (no text comments) and bid in $5 increments. The auction is currently scheduled to close promptly at 1:00:00 PM on Tuesday June 9th.

If you are the winning bidder, you will just make a donation at the fundraising page for the amount of your bid and I’ll arrange to get your prize to you. Send questions to Boston@jackprior.org.

If you have an item to add to the auction, there is still time — just drop me a note and we’ll get it posted.

Auction items include an Old Elk Gift Pack, a collection of antique postcards, and several rare books including the History of the Emblem of the Codfish. Or you can condense all those National geographics in your attic into a digital DVD ROM with 125 years of issues at your fingertips.

Marathon Sports has donated two $120 gift cards to get your 2021 marathon preparations started. Cross-train with a 3-month family membership at the West Suburban YMCA. Or be ready to get back outdoors with some sports photography coaching (can be done remotely) or a full photoshoot at the event of your choice.

Visit the auction site (https://auction.jackprior.org) to browse the other great items available.

Jack

The Prior Family: Running After the Time of Their Lives

By Hillel Bromberg (reprinted from Newton Neighbors: pdf).

The thread that connects the Prior family’s activities – indeed, their whole life – has to be running. Running marathons, running track and field, running businesses, running around in other countries. If there is a way to run, the Priors will find it.

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Thanksgiving

In Light at the End of the Tunnel (read now if you haven’t yet), I described the challenge my doctor faced as I lay on a continuous x-ray machine in a space-age operating room at the Brigham on Friday, June 15. A cholesterol plaque had ruptured in my right coronary artery five days earlier at the finish line of the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon. The resulting clotting triggered by the rupture had resulted in an undetected myocardial infarction (a heart attack).

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