Last weekend, the chairs went up for sale at auction later at the Town Hall. The Needham Merchant's Association invited Needham’s own Bill Littlefield of NPR’s “Only A Game” to stop in and run the auction. He added anecdotes, wit, and a few books to some of the lots for sale--and was awarded one of the chairs for his work.
The Auction was supported by Roche Bros., Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, and volunteers from the Needham Merchants Association, Needham Restaurant Association, Needham Business Association, and the Town of Needham.
Food and drink for attendees were supplied by a number of donors, including Avery Manor, Coca Cola Refreshments, Vermont Spring Water, Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, Food Should Taste Good, Sweet Basil Restaurant, Hazel’s Bakery, Treat Cupcake Bar, Needham Center Fine Wines, Needham Wine and Spirits, and Volante Farms.
The program is a part of the Needham Discover Local First campaign, which encourages residents to shop and dine local.
"I encourage you to give back to the business community which provides so much to us---shop, dine, Discover Needham,"added Town Economic Development Director Devra Bailin in a press release.
Last year's auction raised money for a scholarship program, which will give two scholarships to business students, and two to arts students for $1,000, as well as funding some small town beautification projects.