DES Auctions Dinner, Cruise for Operation Santa Claus

We’ve seen plenty of creative and effective ways to raise money for Operation Santa Claus this season, and the Department of Environmental Services efforts are definitely worth noting.

Anne Keach, an administrative supervisor at the DES and an SEA member, said the department raised $600 through two silent auctions. That’s in addition to the 62 children already sponsored by workers there.

The two auction items were provided by DES employees: a boating tour of Squam Lake and an authentic Indian dinner for eight.

The boat cruise was donated by Sue Francesco, a supervisor at DES, and her husband Pete. Pete and Sue will take the winning bidder, Frank Richardson from the DES’ Pease office, out on Xanadu, “a 24-foot, beautifully preserved, 1922 Fay and Bowen powered by a 1930’s vintage 60 hp Gray Marine engine.” As they cruise the lake, Pete will point out notable spots, including the filming location of “On Golden Pond.”

The dinner, which was won by DES senior leadership, will be prepared by three DES workers of Indian heritage, Padmaja Baru, Sarita Croce and Josephine Puthota. The multi-course meal will include 12 delectable dishes, such as Tandoori Chicken, Allo-Gobi Curry and Mutter-Paneer Masala.

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