Three weeks after Katie Hewson’s benefit, everyone is still talking about how awesome the Class of ’94 is.
That is a given, but what happened on November 2, 2007 will be remembered for ages to come.
While the night was a success, the Class of ’94 totally stole the show.
Of the 389 people who showed up, 70% were from our class. The stats from the benefit speak for themselves.
83% of all silent auction items went to our class, with Dave “Forty” Farabaugh securing 77% of those items including:
- A slow cooker and matching crockpot
- A Calvin Schiraldi autographed bat
- A summer pass to Lake Washacum in Sterling
- A free round of golf with Class President Mo Cheeks, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Pandiscio, and Lunch Monitor Miss Mungent at Holden Hills
- A trip to the Sterling Petting Zoo
- A horse and carriage ride around the center of Paxton
- A framed photo of the new WRHS football field (shown above)
- An autographed framed photo of Tyler T$ Bradshaw intercepting a pass against Fitchburg High School our senior year (shown above)
- A handshake from his Senior Class President ($375 value)
- And finally, the respect of his peers (priceless).
Truly, he was the big winner. As his newest classmate, Mark “Big Time” Pirani, said, “A victory for Forty is a victory for the Class of ’94.”
Pirani himself was the lucky winner of a Wachusett Class of ’94 Beer Koozie. “Unlike other koozies, this koozie does the job time and time again,” Pirani said as he pounded a Wachusett Ale.
After the night was over, Forty only had great things to say about our class. “I don’t even had a job right now, but I felt it was my obligation to win all these items for our class,” he said. “I took out a loan from Mark Roberge, our class entrepreneur, who secured funding from venture capitalists who realized this was a smart investment.”
Roberge agreed. He explained that any time you invest in the Class of ’94, the return is ten-fold. By contrast more conservative investments, like government bonds, only offer a five-fold return on investments. “Would you rather make ten-fold or five-fold?” Roberge asked sarcastically.
Forty said his strategy was simple. He boxed out, made sure he had inside position, and used his downfield speed to submit 23 successful silent auction bids. Another strategy: “Simply write your initial. I wrote “F” for Forty so I wouldn’t be bogged down by writing my name,” he said.
Forty’s 23 items and 77 percent success rate is not only a record for our class, but a record for silent auctions in the United States. As many of you know, silent auctions are not held in foreign countries, but this will soon change.
“I am heading to Europe next month to speak with the E.U. about possibly implementing silent auctions everywhere, especially class reunions,” he said.
How will he do this? “I am going to be wearing my Class of ’94 senior ring and senior class lettermen’s jacket,” he said. “When I get up to speak, I am only going to say one thing: LET’S GO GREENIE. They won’t know what hit them.”
He will be accompanied by Mark Pirani who was stunned by this honor. “I am speechless,” he said. “The Class of ’94 is a way of life. Forty proved that with his silent auction victory three weeks ago. He sacrificed his financial future for us, spending thousands of dollars he did not have and going into debt for us. But he knows, like all of us, that we are always indebted to the Class of ’94.”