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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Near & Far Aid Gala Friday Adds New Technology

Near & Far Aid’s annual spring gala Friday at Mitchells of Westport features something new this year – electronic bidding on charity auction items.

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The technology is called BidPal and it allows ticketholders to preview the auction catalogue on the Near & Far website and place bids on select items prior to the big event. 

On Friday, bidders will be able to enjoy the festivities without concern, organizers said, since BidPal alerts them right away if someone has outbid them on their favorite items.

“BidPal is truly revolutionizing charitable fundraising,” said co-chair Sarah Hale of Norwalk. “This will be a game changer for Near & Far Aid and all our gala guests.”

Coming two days before the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, the Near & Far Aid event will mark the occasion with a red carpet and what is described as “delicious Oscar-inspired cuisine.”

The party will also feature live music and dancing with a DJ, followed by The Jay Prince Band.

Masters of ceremony Alisyn Camerota of Fox’s “America’s News Headquarters” and “Dancing with the Stars Allstars” champion Tony Dovolani will present the live auction portion of the evening. 

In addition to silent auction items, gala guests will have the opportunity to bid on a trip to London, including Wimbledon tickets and a Victoria Beckham dress, or an Italy excursion featuring a tour of the Brunello Cuccinelli Vineyards.

Adding to the excitement, the charity said an anonymous donor has pledged to match the live auction and direct giving portion of the evening up to $150,000. 

“We are inspired the by commitment of our donors and this gift in particular is a resounding endorsement of the effectiveness of Near & Far Aid’s mission to eliminate the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County,” said Bitsy Higgins, president of Near & Far Aid.

Near & Far Aid is an all-volunteer organization working to end poverty in Fairfield County.  Since 2000, more than $13 million has been granted to approximately 100 local nonprofits who meet Near & Far Aid’s mission, the charity said.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the 2014 gala, visit http://www.nearandfaraid.org/events or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NearFarAid.

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