The Hoboken Shelter's 10th Annual Silent Auction and Tricky Tray Fundraiser was held on Wednesday, Dec 4th at Teak on the Hudson - and it spared no detail. The décor was breathtaking, the gift baskets were top notch and the crowd was happy to be supporting such a great cause. The Hoboken Homeless Shelter has converted over 120 shelter guests to working and apartment dwelling citizens, a remarkable feat thanks to the community and the tireless volunteers. Executive Director of the shelter, Jaclyn Cherubini was aglow at the event's success and the amazing outpour of charitable donations from Hoboken.
The gift baskets for the Tricky Tray part of the event were overflowing with local Hoboken goodies. The baskets saw values in the $600+ ranges, not too shabby for a five dollar ticket in the pool. With 18 gorgeous baskets on display, guests forked over money for a great cause. Some contributors included: Trinity, Bow Tie Cinemas, East LA, Buy Rite, Wicked Wolf, Margherita's, Patricia's Yarns, Turning Point, Empire Coffee, Court Street, Anthony David's, Brass Rail, The Cheese Shop, Bin 14, Augustino's, Taco Truck, Zylo, Mikie Squared, Prompt MD, Go Row, Fleet Feet, Hoboken Pet, Cornerstone Pets, Local Barre, Kodak Jewelers, Devotion Yoga and many more. Gift certificates ranged from $25 to $500 dollars, and some baskets also included designer handbags, sporting tickets and other accessories. The non stop crowd that filled the upstairs of Teak were really into the Tricky Tray and the friendly competition that came along with it. Silent auction prizes included tickets to Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Giants, Jets and Yankees games.
A light buffet was offered throughout the event, with finger foods and hors d'oeuvres. With all of the people pouring into the event, it was hard to keep the food stocked. However, there were plenty of delicious Carlos Bakery cupcakes to go around (chocolate, red velvet and carrot cake) when the food ran out. And they tasted as good as they looked!
The night concluded with a sizeable and much appreciated donation from the Hoboken Elysianettes, who raised approximately $37,000 for the Homeless Shelter during their HoBooken 5K run in October. Event chair Lauren Titus couldn't be happier with their generosity. "With this donation, the shelter can serve over 18,000 meals!" All in all, the event was a complete success and it's safe to say that everyone in attendance is looking forward to next year.