I see in your siggy the happy news. Congratulations :).
Wanted to share a unique auction item I just saw go for a lot of money for a church fundraiser we were recently at:
They were auctioning off parking spaces + pew reservations for Christmas and Easter masses! First time I'd heard of this, and it was a successful idea. (Around here, you have to show up about 45 minutes early for holidays, and still it's a madhouse).
I guess that just goes to show how creative these items can get. I've never been to Boston, but for those who are familiar with the area, perhaps they can get something similar donated...for whatever would be most coveted in that area.
If I have any great brainstorms or can get a hold of items, I will be in touch.