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Boots n Bling 2023 – Sneak Preview!

We are over the moon about the amazing donations made on behalf of Starting Point for our 11th Annual Boots ‘n Bling Fundraiser!

This year we have created a photo drop for attendees. Please join us in collecting these precious memories. Photos can be “dropped” here.

Big thanks to our amazing donors for all the fabulous auction items!!

Valley Originals, Beth Carta Dolan, Bonnie Moore, Frechette Tires, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Thom Perkins, Kathy Bennett, Maine Stay Inn, A New Day Farm, White Gate Farm, North Conway NH League of Craftsman, Sawyer River Knife Company, Lowes, Amoskeag Beverages, Zoe Gascon, Tim Psaledakis & Friends, Shannon Door, Silas Berrier Memorial Seek the Joy, Public House on Page Hill, Mystery NH, White Mountain Puzzle, North Country Jeweler, A Night in the Forest Tattoo, Hawthorn Hotel, Essex Museum, Whitney’s Inn, Shovel Handle Pub, Christmas Farm Inn, Alkalay and Smilie PLLC, Jon Sarty Band, Lauren and Dan Roy, Wentworth Inn, Burke Mountain Resort, Zeb’s Country Store, Dana Clemons, Friends of Starting Point.

Schedule for the evening: 5 PM – Doors Open for Registration, 5 to 6:45 PM – Cocktails & Silent Auction, 6 PM – Dinner, 7 PM – Program & Speaker, 8 to 10 PM – Band & Dancing!


Here’s a sneak preview of auction items…

Live Auction:

Bubbles and Joy! (sorry, no puppies tho)

Chilled Champagne served at your table paired with a dozen decadently delicious Almond Joy Cupcakes made by local baker extraordinaire Beth Carta-Dolan. You might want to share the cupcakes with your tablemates, but we’ll understand if you don’t!

Value: Pure Joy!          Donor: Beth Carta-Dolan

Pop-It and Chocolate!

Toast your table mates with a chilled bottle of champagne! And treat them to the sweet decadence of 24 Winterberry Confections Truffles filled with champagne ganache, enrobed in Valrhona dark chocolate, and finished with gold bling created by chef Bonnie Moore who was the sous chef at the 3 Michelin-starred Inn at Little Washington. Her chocolate company, Winterberry Confections in Jackson, NH, specializes in small-batch, handmade chocolates.

Value: Pure Delicious Decadence!      Donor: Bonnie More

Sing with the Band!

Storm the stage without risk of being ushered off by security and boogie woogie, rock-it-out, or slide into a country classic with your very own backup band!

Value: Priceless & TikTok Worthy       Donated by: Jon Sarty Band

Coming Through!

VIP Front-of-the-Line certificate from Frechette Tires. This is perfect for the person who suffers from Winter Denial Syndrome. Go right ahead and pretend it isn’t going to happen. But this year, when it does, you won’t be at the back of the line trying to get an appointment to get your studs on!!

Valid 7:30 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Coupon is valid for single use only and must be presented to Frechette Tire at the time of service. NOT redeemable for any other service provided by Frechette Tire. Calling ahead is recommended.

Value: Priceless           Donor: Frechette Tires

Go Hear it on the Mountain!! Stone Mountain Arts Center!!

$1000 membership toward concert tickets! Stone Mountain hosts national acts up close and personal in a beautiful and intimate timber frame hall! Past performers include Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlisle, Keb Mo, Greg Brown, Aaron Neville, Los Lobos, and many other great artists.

* Memberships can only be used for tickets, not dinners, and do not guarantee tickets if a show is sold-out. Eight ticket limit for most shows; some popular shows may have a lower limit. Once ordered, membership tickets are not refundable.

Value: To the key of $1000  Donor: Carol Noonan


Just sit right back and enjoy a sail around Penobscot Bay with Captain Thom Perkins and his talented first-mate Kathy Bennett. Oh yeah, that’s right –  Bennett & Perkins, the dynamic folk-music duo!

Full-day sail for two on the s/v Oraine out of Rockland, Maine. The Oriane is a lovingly maintained Pacific Seacraft yacht. With over 35 years of sailing experience along the coast of Maine and Maritime Canada, Captain Thom Perkins will show you some of the best of New England’s coastline.

After a day of sailing, head over to the coastal town of Camden, Maine, ranked as one of the most beautiful towns in the country!  Enjoy a night at the historic Maine Stay Inn, a romantic and elegant inn centrally located in the historic district of Camden.

Sail dates available: June 12- 15, June 19 – 22, July 10- 14 or September 4 – 7

Donor: Thom Perkins & Kathy Bennett, and the Maine Stay Inn Value: A treasure chest of $1200

Farm to YOUR Table!

CSA for 14 weeks of fresh, locally grown vegetables from Jennie Blair at A New Day Farm! And, for the carnivores, a healthy portion of local meat from White Gate Farms, consisting of various cuts of beef, pork, and chicken (farmer’s choice).

Package also includes craftsman-made cutting board, a Swiss Classic 7” Professional Grade knife, an apron, oven mitt from Sawyer River Knife Company, and a grill from Lowes.

Value: Dirt cheap at $1000     Donated by Jennie Blair, White Gate Farms, League of NH Craftsmen North Conway, Sawyer River Knife Co., Lowes.


Home Run!!

Four! Yep, count ‘em, four tickets to the Red Sox at Fenway against the Florida Marlins on June 27! Seating in The State Street Pavilion! $250 Hotel.com certificate and a $100 gift certificate to Legal Seafoods.

Don’t just watch the game feel the pulse of Red Sox Nation with a view overlooking the playing field and the city of Boston in the State Street Pavilion. Experience visibility from the Green Monster down to Pesky’s Pole, tracking the ball from the moment it leaves the pitcher’s hand until it flies over the Green Monster or hits the catcher’s mitt.

Value: Bases are loaded at $1500

Donated by Amoskeag Beverages

Bienvenue à Montreal!

Three-day stay for four in the heart of the trendy Plateau section of Montreal, one of North America’s top neighborhoods, according to the Project for Public Spaces!


Spacious 3rd (and 4th) floor condo with fully equipped kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and three decks with views of Mont Royal, the Olympic Stadium, and all the twinkling lights of the city!


Includes, high-speed internet/wifi and a Sonos speaker, and the added bonus of NO TV!


Value: $1500 U.S. dollars        Donor: Zoe Gascon

Custom Design Bling!

Oh darling! There is a pair of round, natural diamonds in the live auction tonight! They are well matched and weigh over 3/4 carat total weight. These stones are suitable for earrings (as they are mounted for this evening to display) or can be built into anything you choose, with a custom build included in the package!

Add a colored stone and build a traditional 3-stone ring?   Maybe you’ll have two pendants as a gift for me, I mean a loved one?

The gift certificate is not limited to working with the diamonds. You can keep them as earrings and use the gift certificate towards a matching pendant or ring. Or you can start collecting diamonds and build a pet bowl for your favorite four-legged friend, or me!

Value: A dazzling $3600          Donor: Tim Psaledakis and Friends



Try Your Luck

Lottery Tickets – Try your luck! Quit your job! Move to Italy! Take a cruise! Upgrade your cable package!! Donate to your favorite non-profit, hint, hint!

Value: $1,000,000       Donor: Starting Point supporters

Pizza for a Year – Once a Month!

Compliments of everyone’s favorite pub owners, Tess and Tom Mulkern, and served to you by the one and only Nora Bean-Mulkern!! Pick it up or stay and enjoy the genuine atmosphere of a family-run icon where every bite and every sip is made from a recipe of pride that only comes from true love for community and good cheer!

Don’t forget to raise your glass and tip your cap to celebrate the Shannon Door’s 70th Anniversary!

We love you, Tess and Tom!! Thanks for all that you do for our community!

Value: $150     Donors: The Shannon Door Pub & Restaurant

Seek the Joy! Comedy Night & Dinner!

Two VIP Tickets to The Silas Berrier Memorial Seek the Joy Comedy Night at the Tamworth Public House, August 22, 2023.

An evening of hilarious comedy with nationally touring comedians to benefit a profoundly serious cause. Seek the Joy Comedy Night is a community event dedicated to bringing comedy and joy to our community and financial support to the receiving charity for 2023 – Starting Point!

Includes dinner for two at the newly famed Public House in Tamworth. Chef Gregg Grant has been a pioneer of farm-to-table, elegantly down home.

And a signed poster from the comedians!

Dinner time will be specified when the bidding winner makes a reservation. Doors open at 7 PM. Show starts at 8 PM

Value: A cheap laugh at just $200      Donor: Silas Berrier Memorial Seek the Joy, The Public House on Page Hill

Patty Griffin at Stone Mountain Arts Center!

Two tickets to Patty Griffin on August 14th at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine.

Tickets cannot be traded, refunded, or transferred. Does not include dinner.

Value: A Lyrical $200              Donor: Stone Mountain Arts Center

Puzzle it Out!

Mystery NH is a fun and exciting, immersive, real-life escape room experience. With the clock running, you and your team must find clues, solve puzzles, and open locks to escape the room. The only tool you will need is your brain. This activity is great for family, friends, co-workers, birthdays, anniversaries, and team-building.

Package includes admission for four to Mystery NH Escape room and four White Mountain Puzzles, one of America’s Favorite Jigsaw puzzle makers for over 30 years! Colorful, high-quality, iconic classics, and fun for the entire family!

Value: Mysteriously, only $240          Donors: Mystery NH and White Mountain Puzzle Company

Forever Boots n Bling!

Pssst, this one is for only the most avid Boots ‘n Bling devotee and not for the faint of heart—a pair of Sterling Silver earrings with a cowgirl motif of a hat and boot AND a $200 gift certificate for permanent ink from Night in the Forest Tattoo!!

The design is up to you, but just imagine a lasso around your ankle or a saddle across your shoulder, maybe a boot on your tush!

Value: $275     Donor: A Night in the Forest Tattoo, and North Country Jewelers

Overnight at the Famed Hawthorn Hotel in Salem, MA

Enjoy an overnight stay at Salem’s Hawthorn Hotel, with breakfast included. The Hawthorn Hotel is Salem’s favorite historic hotel, located directly in the heart of downtown Salem, MA. Visit historic sites, museums, and attractions, take a tour of the harbor, or walk along the Heritage Trail. Be sure to bring your wand and add your own magic to the trip!

The package also includes four tickets to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Value: A Witchy $430             Donor: Hawthorn Hotel, Essex Museum

Romantic Get-Away or Family Weekend at the Inn at Whitney Farm!

Two-night stay in idyllic Jackson, NH, at the Inn at Whitney’s Farm and a $100 gift certificate to the famed Shovel Handle Pub, a beautifully restored post and beam barn, where you can enjoy traditional American Pub Style cuisine!

Value: A tipsy $500     Donor: Don & Maria Bilger

Play Through!

Registration for four at Starting Point’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament at the Wentworth Golf Club. Includes cart and green fees and dinner at the Shannon Door Restaurant with live music and good friends!

Oh! And the package includes a putting green to get you in shape!

Value: A par $540       Donor: Supporters of Starting Point

Get Out of Jail Free! Well, sort of…

A $500 credit toward services normally provided by Alkalay & Smilie, including civil litigation, personal injury, criminal defense, landlord/tenant law, employment law, mediation services, estate planning, real estate transactions, land use, planning, zoning, and development issues.

Purchase does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Alkaylay & Smilie reserves the right to refuse to provide services if there is a conflict of interest or if other ethical constraints exist. In such case, the gift certificate purchase will be refunded.

Value: A Steal at $500             Donor: Alkalay and Smilie Estate Planning



Hello best friend! I was just wondering if you saw this package to bid on for us? Spa day for four at The Christmas Farm Inn includes 4 Massages and 4 Pedicures or Manicures.

Value: A Manicured $780       Donor: Mark Lahood, Christmas Farm Inn

Paddle up the Lazy River and then Float Back Down

LL Bean 11’ Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board and River Tube.

A perfect platform to practice your paddle board yoga and then meditate in your very own Budda tube! Or just splash around and have a good time!!

Value: A Zen $800       Donors: Lauren & Dan Roy

Ski Get-Away

When you live in northern New England, where there are ten months of winter and two months of lousy skiing, you might as well take advantage of it!

Ski Burke Mountain, the last little corner of Vermont!

Package Includes lift tickets for four and an overnight stay at the Burke Mountain Hotel.

Value: $650     Donor: Burke Mountain Resort



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