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Bidding Underway in Silent Auction to Aid Kids

National Night Out will feature two silent auctions. The proceeds will benefit 12 year-old Anthony Vallejo, who is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia and seven year-old Oliver Scheier, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

As part of , the Livingston Community Policing Unit will be holding a special silent auction for a very worthy cause. 

Starting today and running until 12 p.m. on August 8, residents will have the opportunity to bid on two prize baskets with merchandise donated from various Livingston businesses.  The proceeds of the auction will benefit two Livingston residents; 12 year-old Anthony Vallejo, who is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia and seven year-old Oliver Scheier, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy known as rigid spine muscular dystrophy.

This is the first year that a silent auction has been held at National Night Out.  Officer Joy Klapal, a member of the Livingston Community Policing Unit, and the person behind the auction said that she was hoping the auction would be successful so that the community can help support the two boys.

"National Night Out is not just about standing up to crime and drugs; it's about bringing the community closer together,” Klapal told Patch.  “Our slogan is "Livingston's Night to Unite" and we would like to ask the residents to unite with us in supporting Anthony and Oliver."

Basket #1 contains a weekend night stay at the Westminster Hotel, a warm stone massage from Dieci Lifestyle Spa, a $50 gift certificate to Panevino Ristorante, a book of 10 car washes from Livingston Car Wash and a kids’ party for 10 children at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant.  The approximate retail value is $570 and the minimum bid being accepted is $275.

Basket #2 contains a spa manicure and pedicure from Dieci Lifestyle Spa, a book of 10 car washes from Livingston Car Wash, and a Cuisinart SS-700 single serve brewing system powered by Keurig with 4 boxes each containing 24 K-cups of coffee.  The approximate retail value is $575 and the minimum bid being accepted is $275.

Bids may be e-mailed to livingstonpd@gmail.com.  Residents should include their name, address, phone number, which basket you are bidding on, and your maximum bid.  Bidders must be at least 18 years old. 

There will also be a table at National Night Out where bids can be placed in person.  The bidding will close on August 8, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.  The highest bids received on each basket will win.

Among the businesses who donated to the baskets were the Westminster Hotel, Dieci Lifestyle Spa, Panevino Ristorante, Livingston Car Wash, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and Judson Kleinman from drinkcoffee.com.

Anthony Vallejo, a sixth-grader from , was diagnosed with leukemia in December.  He has been valiantly battling his disease . 

Oliver Scheier is the courageous boy who is named after.  Oliver suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy and his family have raised over $130,000 in the past several years to help fight the disease.

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