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Thornton Fund Auction supports vital programs

The Thornton Fund Auction returns this month, and whether participants bid for items online or raise their paddle at the in-person event, they’re making a difference in the lives of students.

As Thornton Academy’s only fundraising event, the auction supports critical programming, expands academic opportunities, provides free breakfast and lunch for students in-need, and enhances campus life.

This year’s auction will be held virtually for online bidding May 15 - 19, and will conclude with a live, in-person auction on Saturday, May 20, on the TA campus, starting at 5:30 pm.

“The online bidding allows our friends from afar to participate and support our students, while the live event on May 20 is a great way to reconnect in person and enjoy the fun and excitement of live bidding,” says Haley Thompson, Director of Development at Thornton. 

Items in the auction include:

  • Four tickets to a 2023 - 2024 Celtics game. 

  • A pair of tickets to Chris Stapleton at the Bangor Waterfront on July 7 (with sedan service). 

  • A seven-night stay in a condo at Vero Beach, Florida. 

  • A jersey autographed by Patriots legend Steve Grogan and another signed by Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Tayor.

  • A $2,500 voucher towards orthodontic treatment at Remmes Orthodontics.

  • Four tickets to a Patriots preseason game. 

Other auction items include Adirondack chairs, a pizza oven, slate roof tiles painted by TA Art students, and passes to Dunegrass Golf Club, Funtown, Storyland, and the Maine Wildlife Park.

In addition to the online and in-person auctions, participants can purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win $20,000 in cash prizes  A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold, with seven chances to win (1st Prize: $10,000;  2nd Prize: $5,000;  and five $1,000 winners). WInners do not need to be present to win.

Learn more about the Auction at 

Pictured above: Auction host Vangel Cotsis '85