Patriots Tickets Auction Adds to $1800 Donation for Local Charities

Handing out two checks for $900 each is Ian Pratt on Monday, September 11th. The checks, which were presented to the Lioness Club and the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry, represent the proceeds of an auction for two coveted Patriots tickets and a matching donation from Pratt. Pictured from left to right: Lionesses Lorraine Mitchell, Laurel Perkins, Theresa Porter, and Theresa Brown, Ian Pratt, and David Sivret of the food pantry. (Photo by Lura Jackson)

By Lura Jackson

 

Two local charities are the twin recipients of $900, courtesy of Ian Pratt. Pratt, who is the owner and operator of the Pratt Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership in Calais, selected the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry and the Lioness Club charities to receive the proceeds of an online auction for two coveted Patriots tickets. Paul Cavanaugh successfully won the tickets for $900, prompting Pratt to match the amount for a total donation of $1,800.

As the holder of a season pass to all Patriots games, Pratt recognized that the first game of the season, held on September 7th, would be a major one for fans. Last year’s championship Super Bowl banner was unveiled at the game, marking the fifth such distinction for the storied team. The tickets were for seats at the 30-yard line, just over 20 rows behind the Patriots bench. Similar tickets on StubHub were selling for $725 each. With tickets going at such a price, Pratt saw it as the perfect time to raise money for local charities, and he saw the food pantry and the Lionness Club as suitable recipients. 

“I wanted to do something special with those tickets to help two organizations that do such an amazing job helping so many people in our community,” Pratt said. “I know that one hundred percent of the money goes to people in this area, which is pretty awesome.” He said that most national organizations take percentages of donations for administrative costs, thereby reducing the amount that makes it to those in need. Neither the Lioness Club nor the food pantry engage in such a practice, and, in fact, the food pantry is often able to get matching funds for donations, effectively doubling any contributions. “That’s why they’re my go-to charities. They help people directly in need in our area,” Pratt explained.

“Many of our community members will benefit, both through the food pantry and Lionness charities,” said Lionness Theresa Brown. 

Father David Sivret, coordinator of the food pantry, said that the money will go toward purchasing food for the impoverished and toward maintenance. The building that houses the food pantry has received several upgrades and expansions over the past few years in an attempt to create more space for food, however, challenges still remain. Over the past weekend, volunteers put in a subfloor beneath one of the freezers after detecting a six inch “glacier” had accumulated below the cement and was in the process of lifting the floor up. 

While missing the game himself was “literally painful,” Pratt is pleased that the auction made two community members particularly happy. He said it felt especially appropriate that the winners – Paul and son Ryan Cavanaugh – were former Silverado enthusiasts. “Ryan was an original member of the Silverados when we first started,” said Pratt, who is still the coach of the youth football team. “He was my star running back.” He added that Paul filmed all of the games. “I’m thrilled that they won.”

Between having his former Silverados companions win the tickets and being able to contribute to community members in need, Pratt said the experience was well worth the investment. “It gave me more joy than going to the game.”