CPTV/WNPR Online Auction Available for Holiday Shopping Dec. 12 Through Dec. 19, 2008

Release Date: 12/11/2008

HARTFORD, Conn. – Holiday shoppers can do double the good tidings this season by bidding on unique items available at the CPTV/WNPR auction website beginning Friday, December 12. The auction, which will benefit Connecticut Public Broadcasting, is open through Friday, December 19 – just in time for holiday gift-giving.
 
Items up for bid include:
The Beauty of Champagne Seminar – Discover what makes champagne so special. Seminar attendees will learn about the inimitable qualities that make up what experts understand to be the most comprehensive of wines. In addition to the vintage wines of Roederer, attendees also will taste the famed Cristal.
 
Antique 1930s Waterfall Crystal Chandelier – Completely restored to its initial beauty, the lovely fixture has original satin gold finish paint and crystal. The chandelier displays characteristics of the grand chandeliers that decorated chateaux and palaces across Europe.
 
Thomas Hooker In-Brewery Tasting – An extraordinary opportunity to taste the freshest beer in-town. Auction winners will be able to visit the Thomas Hooker Brewery and tap a 1600-gallon keg with seven friends. Pizza from Harry’s Bishop Corner is included.
 
Made possible by the Sun WineFest and Info New Haven, the CPTV/WNPR Holiday Online Auction is full of amazing deals on a wide array of items.  The website, available at http://auction.cpbi.org, also offers a selection of fine wines, weekend adventures and UCONN gear.  For more information contact Amy Williamson, special events and development coordinator, at (860) 275-7540.
 
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The CBPN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Front and Center with Ray Hardman. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.CPBN.org.
 
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