VAM: Gala auctions taking shape

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Live and silent auctions will form part of the SVS “Cheers to 75 Years” Gala at VAM in Boston

It’s spring now, but those whose winters seem never-ending might consider bidding on a week-long stay in Florida for next winter. Cold and snow are much more bearable when a week of sun and sand beckons part-way through. 

Access to a three-bedroom condominium in Ormond Beach, Florida, is just one of the attractions being offered via the live and silent auctions, part of the SVS “Cheers to 75 Years” Gala to benefit the SVS Foundation. The event will be held the evening of Friday, June 17, during the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston. 

Also available is a custom loupes box hand-crafted of imported exotic wood, complete with an inscription of the high bidder’s choice. A long weekend in the Hamptons in New York—that string of seaside communities on Long Island immortalized in books and movies—will be on the auction block, as will a fishing weekend for two in Florida and a week-long stay in Hermosa Beach, California. 

Though the Gala’s live auction will be available only to Gala ticket-holders, anyone, anywhere, can bid on the silent auction prizes, via computer. Those items will be available in early June, ahead of the Gala itself. 

Organizers still seek additional items for the two auctions. Of particular interest are sporting events, especially in upgraded seating such as skyboxes; experiences such as a weekend fly-fishing; or, as at the 2019 Gala, climbing Mount Rainier in Washington state; and artwork, fine liquors and wine. 

A dwindling number of tickets remain available for the Gala, which will feature a reception, plated dinner, entertainment and dancing—plus the live auction—at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, the VAM “Headquarters” hotel. 

Tickets are $500 each, or $5,000 a table. As of late March, two Platinum and one Gold Premium tables ($20,000 and $10,000 each, respectively) remained available. Learn more at vascular.org/Gala22Tickets. 

Meanwhile, elsewhere at VAM, while the vast majority of programming is included in the registration fee, some courses and events require a ticket— even if there is no fee associated with it. Be sure to include ticketed sessions in your registration, or return to registration to add them. Visit vascular. org/VAM-2022/registration.

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