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Auction benefits CRMS

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Breakout: To bid on anything from ski passes to spa packages go to To donate items call Carla Reed at 963-2562. CRMS will accept new, not used, items.By Ivy VogelPost Independent StaffFinally, a ski pass for only $50.As of Monday, a five-mountain ski pass for Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin was running for $50 on the Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s auction Web site.The site functions like eBay: People bid on the items until time runs out and the highest bidder by midnight, Oct. 24, gets the item.All of the items on the Web site are donated by area businesses and all proceeds go toward students at CRMS who need financial aid.CRMS is an independent, college preparatory school that receives no tax support.Close to 40 percent of CRMS students need financial aid to pay for their tuition. Day students, who do not live at the school, pay $17,950 a year. Boarding students pay $29,500 a year.Every year CRMS has an auction during parents’ week; however, this year the school is opening a portion of the auction to the public.”It’s great to be able to reach beyond the campus,” said Debbie Crawford, director for communications at CRMS. “Anyone anywhere can take part in this auction.”A Massachusetts technology company, cMarket Inc., is staging the auction. The company specializes in helping nonprofit organizations join online auctions.If the auction items sell at their valued prices, Crawford expects the school to raise $33,000.The online auction features 50 items, ranging from outdoor adventure packages to airline tickets.An auction for family and students will be held after the online auction expires. Any online item that doesn’t receive a bid will be auctioned during parent week.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext.

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