NEF Lighthouse Auction Funding Critical Educational Initiatives

By Caitlin Dowling, Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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The 2023 annual NEF Lighthouse Auction will be held at the Newburyport City Hall Auditorium. The auction is on Saturday November, 11th from 6-9:30 pm. This annual event raises over $100,000 that goes directly to support key learning initiatives within the Newburyport Educational system. The 2023 NEF initiatives include: NHS Integrated Arts, Advanced Literacy Instruction & Achievement, District-Wide-SETM, Advanced Studies/MA Career Pathways & Initiative, Instructional Technology PLC, Investment Club at the High School, and Visual & Performing Arts Festival. TICKETS TO THE 2023 IN-PERSON AUCTION ARE SOLD OUT. You can still purchase raffle tickets and place bids online until 8 pm on Saturday evening.


Did they say VIP….Support Local and kick off the 2023 NEF Lighthouse Auction as an NEF VIP!  Purchase a VIP Package which includes: entry into the event, two drink vouchers, one raffle ticket for the MK Benatti Shopping Spree, one Newburyport VIP Discount Card and a VIP Bag with additional gifts of appreciation.

Local jeweler and exceptionally generous NEF Auction Sponsor, M.K. Benatti will once again be holding a raffle drawing for a shopping spree at their downtown store. The first prize winner will be treated to a $3,500 shopping spree, with second and third prize winners getting $1,000 and $500 to shop for their jewels. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online.

The NEF Auction is really a wonderful opportunity to Shop Local! Auction items are donated mostly by local businesses and individuals passionate about supporting our local schools. The 2023 Lighthouse Auction features an amazing selection of auction items, whether your looking to treat yourself to something special or need a unique gift, we highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the auction items.

The Newburyport Education Foundation is a non-profit organization created to offset the financial pressures put on the Newburyport School System. These pressures include rising operating costs because of government mandates, technology needs and rising special education costs.

Please enjoy some of our photos and videos from prior years live auction events.