In the Queen’s Head Pub at Harvard, a battle of wills raged over a pair of Red Sox tickets. “I have 800, I’m looking for nine,” called auctioneer Charlie Rose, senior vice president and dean of City Year. “Listen, don’t let him take these from you — they’re right behind home plate!” While such a showdown might seem familiar, the coveted tickets were just one of the donated items up for grabs at the ninth annual Summer Urban Program (SUP) auction held Tuesday. The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) event, which featured both a silent and a live auction, raised funds to run 12 summer day camps for low-income children and teens from the Greater Boston area, minimizing summer learning loss and funding meaningful youth employment. The auction traditionally earns about $50,000 to fund such programs. “SUP provides structured summer learning opportunities for young people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford other...
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