BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is hosting an online virtual silent auction in partnership with the Berkeley Heights Business & Civic to benefit Business Aid: Berkeley Heights. Over 80 businesses and organizations have donated to the slate of amazing items up for bid. 

The auction is open to anyone who is interested in bidding on the items available. It will go live on Wednesday, June 10 and bidding will end Sunday, June 14. [Click here to preview all items up for bid.]  The online bidding for the silent auction is powered by Silent Auction Pro

Bidders are encouraged to create an account before the bidding begins so participation can start as soon as the auction goes live. Bidders will receive notifications if they are outbid during the auction time and will be notified if they won the item after bidding is closed. Delivery options will be coordinated with the winner. 

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"We thought this virtual silent auction would be a fun way to engage the community right from the comfort and safety of your own homes! We need your help to reach our goals for Business Aid: Berkeley Heights," said Dr. Patrick Smith, Chairman of the Berkeley Heights Business and Civic. "Our hope is this event will push our fundraising efforts to meet the latest $25,000 matching challenge generously offered by The Connell Company to help the Berkeley Heights business community. Your support is greatly appreciated!"

Auction items include:

  • Complete Backyard BBQ for 25 - Enjoy a full party package including: Rental of one 16x16 foot all white anchor frame tent (with lights) to be set up on grass, four (4) 48'' round tables and tablecloths (color to be decided), 25 brown Samsonite chairs and a four-foot white portable bar with free delivery from Taylor Rental; Five seasonal flower centerpieces from Anything Floral; A balloon wall from Balloon Design Studio (perfect for Photo Ops! colors also to be determined) and; Delectable catered BBQ from Delicious Heights. Value: $2,133.
  • ReMax Berkeley Heights- 2 -3 Hour Sunset Cruise on the Barnegat Bay departing from Toms River
  • YMCA - One-year Single Adult Membership – Value $1,055
  • Dimaios Dinner for 6 with wine pairing.
  • M&M Limo – (3) Round trips to Newark Airport over 12 months - $330-Value
  • Berkeley Heights Physical Therapy – (1) foursome of golf Fairmount CC Value-$500
  • Smith Chiropractic- “Be An Ocean Lifeguard For a Day w/Oceans Four Beach Patrol at the Jersey Shore-2021 Min Bid: $500
  •  J Michael Jeweler – Pair of Diamond Earrings .68 ct, set in 14 ct gold - Value $850
  • Anything Floral- LIVE Virtual Workshop for a Floral Design with 5 friends includes all floral materials– Value $350
  • Berkeley Hardware - Weber Kettle Grill and Grilling Accessories - Value $300.00
  • Berkeley Heights Public School District 
    • 1 VIP Parking Spot plus 4 tickets to Friday Night Lights _ Value $30
    •  1 VIP Parking Spot plus 2 tickets for the Girls Super Saturday Basketball Game- Value $20
    • 1 VIP Parking Spot plus 2 tickets for the Boys Super Saturday Basketball Game- Value $20
    • 1 Gold Ticket for admittance to all Governor Livingston High School Athletic Contests in 2020-2021 school year – Value $ 250
    • Mountain Park School Winter Concert – Front row seats & Reserved Parking – Value – Priceless
    • GLHS Fall Drama PLUS- 4 VIP seats +1 VIP Parking Spot Value $60
  • Halls’ Garden Center – 12 months of Flower Arrangements (1/mo.) – Value $360
  • Free classes and memberships to local fitness facilities and studios
  • Gift cards from various restaurants and businesses
  • And much more......... 

More information about the virtual silent auction event will be found on the event page on Facebook, including a link to preview the auction items.

Business Aid: Berkeley Heights was formed to raise funds to help local small businesses during a time of unprecedented economic and public health crises resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Berkeley Heights resident Sheryl Manfreda reached out to Smith about creating this community fund to help local businesses. She was empathetic to the economic stress on small businesses caused by the pandemic. "Business owners are struggling to pay their rent, payroll, utilities and taxes. Our local small businesses need our help now more than ever,” said Manfreda. 

To date, over $68,000 has been raised for Business Aid: Berkeley Heights. The first round of relief grants provided 45 businesses with $1,000. The proceeds of the silent auction will go towards the second and final round of Business Aid grants awarded to the 48 businesses that have applied for much-needed relief.

Shop, Dine and Support Local. Click here for business directory provided by Berkeley Heights Communications Committee.

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