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Birmingham Parents Urge Shoppers to Make 'Bids for Kids' During Walking Auction

During the week of Nov. 3-10, bid on prizes at more than 50 downtown shops and restaurants, and you'll be helping Birmingham Public Schools.

Downtown Birmingham is a popular spot for shopping, and two local parents are looking to take advantage of that foot traffic to raise money for Birmingham Public Schools.

Birmingham parents and longtime residents Paige Leary and Deborah Knight will be kicking off "Bids for Kids" the week of Nov. 3-10, a walking auction taking place at more than 50 downtown shops, salons and restaurants.

During Bids for Kids, shoppers can bid on various prizes at the stores, with each business selecting their own prize packages. The highest bidders will be contacted at the end of the week, and 100 percent of the proceeds goes back to Birmingham Public Schools.

The project is a partnership between the Birmingham Principal Shopping District and Birmingham Public Schools, as well as Leary and Knight. In total, the group is looking to raise $25,000.

Leary, a Seaholm High School graduate with children attending Derby Middle School, Seaholm and Brother Rice, has partnered with Knight on various fundraising projects, including last spring's downtown fundraiser for CARE House of Oakland County. Knight, a Groves High School graduate, has children attending Derby and Seaholm as well.

"The level of participation by BPS families, as well as Birmingham residents, will serve to reinforce the message that Birmingham truly does exemplify what the 'unity in community' means," Leary said in a press release.

"Business owners in Birmingham have been tremendously generous throughout the years in supporting numerous BPS programs and events and we are hoping that this concept of fundraising will help to strengthen relationships and promote shopping in Birmingham," she added.

54 shops, restaurants participating

Where can you make your "bid for kids?" At these downtown Birmingham shops, salons and restaurants:

  • Adventures in Toys
  • Antonino Salon and Spa
  • Ariada
  • Art Loft
  • Astrein Jewelers
  • Barbara's Paper Bag
  • Batteries Plus
  • Birmingham Design Studio
  • Birmingham Fire Department (Adams Street Station)
  • Birmingham Police Department
  • Bec and Sams
  • Blu Arch Collection
  • Blue Yoga
  • Bridget and Stacie
  • Caruso Caruso
  • Churchill's Bistro
  • Birmingham City Hall
  • Claymore Shop
  • Complex
  • Cupcake Station
  • Detroit Guitar
  • Dick O'Dow's
  • Don Thomas Sporthaus
  • Double Up
  • Ecology
  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
  • Heartwear Designs
  • Hunter House Hamburgers
  • The Italian Dish
  • J. McLaughlin
  • Kilwin's
  • Knitting Room
  • La Belle Provence
  • Lexi Drew
  • Lori Karbal Etal
  • Maalouf Salon
  • Margot's European Day Spa
  • Nude the Salon
  • Oliver's Trendz
  • Palladium 12 Theatre
  • Paper Source
  • Pogo
  • Primi Piatti
  • Right Off the Sheep
  • Sanders
  • SEE Eyewear
  • Suhm-Thing
  • Stacey Leuliette Gracious Living
  • Streetside Seafood
  • Sweet Thing
  • Tender
  • Tiffany Florist
  • The Varsity Shop
  • Wachler Jewelers
Debbie Thomas October 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Why does BPS need $25,000? Just yesterday the Patch published some nice hunks of real estate the BPS could sell off. Parents could better help by encouraging programs of excellence such as AP and IB at all BPS schools. Parents, use your brains, not your cutsie.
diane October 24, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Looks like a unique and fun event. Thank you Downtown Birmingham businesses for supporting our schools!

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