May 232014

Steve Webber's 2000 Yamaha VStar Classic 650 goes on the auction block

Steve Webber’s 2000 Yamaha VStar Classic 650 goes on the GBOT auction block

The Groton Board of Trade is trying out a new fundraiser on May 30th, an auction of donated items and services from local businesses that will raise money to benefit the Free Wellness program of Groton Wellness and the Groton Country Club. The business group hopes to make it an annual event.

GBOT president and co-founder Steve Webber is leading the pack with donated items so far — revving up his 2000
2000 Yamaha VStar Classic 650 motorcycle and aiming it towards the auction block. Webber said he’s the original owner and the cycle has fewer than 2000 miles on the odometer.

“Half of the net proceeds from the auction will go to one or more worthy causes; GBOT will retain the other half for other worthwhile endeavors,” he said. “We are very excited about our first major fundraiser. The Groton Board of Trade’s board of directors voted unanimously in favor of this annual fundraiser and fund-sharing plan. Interested parties can go to our website — — to find out more about the auction.”

GBOT Auction Chairman Joe Fiorentino, a realtor with EXIT Assurance Realty in Groton, said, “We hope to have 150+ attendees and a hundred or so auction items. We’ll have both a live auction and silent auction, along with a buffet dinner and cash bar. It should be a lot of fun, and we hope to raise enough money to make a real difference for the selected charities.”

“Ticket prices are $35 ($40 at the door) per person and $200 for a table of eight. We will update our website with that information as we get closer to the event. In the meantime, our donations committee will be reaching out to the business community for support.” Fiorentino said.

According to a news release from the group, “The Groton Board of Trade is a group of storefront businesses, farmers/agricultural business owners, corporations, home-based businesses, professionals, organizations, and Groton residents working together to foster ties between Groton businesses and the community at large. The GBOT is dedicated to promoting economic progress for its members and advocating for a positive business environment within the Town of Groton. For more information on membership, please visit or contact Steve Webber, GBOT president, at (978) 448-6233 or”