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Dover PTO announces Mardi Gras auction

Chickering School is set to be transformed into a Mardi Gras Carnival.

The Dover PTO has announced its biennial live and silent auction to be held on Saturday, March 24, at the Chickering School. 

The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with the announcement of classroom raffle winners and highly-anticipated $25 mystery item trays. Guests will then mingle with family and friends while enjoying heavy appetizers and desserts included in the price of their tickets. Guests will dance the night away to the best of New Orleans jazz, blues, R&B and zydeco, with entertainment provided by Music Matters DJ and Entertainment Services. A cash bar will offer a variety of options, including complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. 

Veteran auctioneer Tom Weitbrecht of Strategic Auction Alliance will entertain the crowd while facilitating the live auction. Featured auction items include Patriots pre- and regular season packages, multiple getaway destinations including New Orleans, Maine, and Rhode Island, a DS soccer package, theater tickets, and more.

The Chickering School Raffle will launch on February 26, in step with the auction. The raffle will feature the always-popular teacher parties, Principal for the Day, and this year’s featured Mardi Gras-themed art masterpieces created by the students under the tutelage of Chickering’s own Sue Pelletier. Raffle tickets will be on sale from February 26 through March 19, including a four-day half-price flash sale.

Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased online at or by check made out to the Dover PTO. Checks may be sent to the Chickering School in an envelope marked “Spring Auction Tickets.” This is a popular event and will fill up quickly; a prompt RSVP is encouraged. This is an adults-only event and open to guests of Chickering families.

This biennial auction is the PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Those interested in making a monetary contribution may visit and click “Make a Gift Online.” Participation is greatly appreciated, and donors’ generosity will be recognized in the evening’s program.

For more information about the Dover PTO Mardi Gras Auction, contact Peggy Gemelli at

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