Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Marking 20 Years as a Volunteer!

This past weekend marked my 20th year as a volunteer for the annual fund raising auction for WGBH-TV, Channel 2, Boston's public broadcasting station, I can't believe it's been that many years already! I've worked both in front of and behind the cameras over the years and whether I've volunteered for 6 months in preparation for the auction or during auction week only, it's always been a fulfilling experience. This year the auction took advantage of technology more than ever before and people are still able to bid online here.

Oh How I Wish I Could Go! But ...

I have a caviar appetite and a beer budget!

Hello, gorgeous. At $750 a seat?
By Sarah Rodman, Globe Staff | June 13, 2006

When Barbra Streisand hits the TD Banknorth Garden (Boston, MA) on Oct. 22, the top ticket price of $752.50 will be the most ever for a seat available to the general public at the venue.

Previous record holders the Rolling Stones maxed out this year at a mere $450 a pop.

Though Streisand has suffered from stage fright, she says she's returning to the stage not to cash in, but to help save the planet.

``The increasingly urgent need for private citizen support to combat dangerous climate change, along with education and health issues, was the prime reason I decided to tour again," the singer stated in her blog. ``This will allow me to direct funds and awareness to causes that I care deeply about."

Which groups will benefit from the Funny Lady's philanthropy weren't announced, but she will distribute the funds through her Streisand Foundation.

Perhaps fans should look at it as a value. On her 2000 ``farewell" tour -- which only played New York and Los Angeles -- the top ticket was $1,500. Presumably some of those extra bucks will go to popera hunks Il Divo, who will open for Streisand on this tour.

Tickets, on sale Monday at 10 a.m., are $102.50, $202.50, $352.50, and $752.50 and available at the Garden box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 617-931-2000, or online via American Express cardholders have exclusive access to tickets until June 18 at 2 p.m.

© Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company