Police Jacket from The Wire Nets $3,350 at Thomas Johnson Silent Auction

| October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Jimmy McNulty Baltimore Police Marine Unite jacket from the fictional HBO show ‘The Wire’ was donated to the Thomas Johnson Elementary Middle School (TJEMS) Fall Festival silent auction that took place this past Saturday. The event benefits the TJEMS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

The jacket was donated by Baltimore residents David Simon, who created The Wire, and his wife Laura Lippman, who is a popular author. It was worn by English actor Dominic West in Season 2 of The Wire. Simon joked on Twitter that the jacket still had his scent.

Competition for the jacket turned the silent auction into a live auction at the agreement of competing bidders. The live auction was moderated by Simon who sweetened the prize with an autographed script of The Wire when the bid got above $3,000. The jacket also included a bottle of Jameson in the pocket.

The auction ended with a winning bid of $3,350. The winning bidder shared the same last name as the tag on the jacket, McNulty. He told auction coordinator Erin Konstantoulas he was not leaving the event without the jacket.

Konstantoulas said that after Simon and Lippman promoted the item on their Twitter accounts, people began calling TJEMS. She said that she definitely thinks this auction item brought new people to the event and said the final two bidders had no connection to TJEMS.

Fall Festival has become a successful fundraising event for the TJEMS PTO. The event has raised more than $20,000 each of the last four years, and Konstantoulas said this year it will be well over $25,000. TJEMS PTO raised $7,000 selling ads in the official program, nearly $15,000 from the silent action, and additional funds through a dunk tank and raffle.

Fall Festival was organized by a committee of 10 people, but was also assisted by about 50 festival-day volunteers, and an additional 35 to 40 Johns Hopkins University volunteers who came out for their day of service.

TJEMS PTO also raises money throughout the year by partnering with restaurants on TJEMS nights, its ‘adults only’ Bull Roast in June, and the Live Well festival each Spring.

Most of the PTO’s funding is used to supplement budget shortfalls at the school. TJEMS PTO funds have gone towards a music teacher, after school programs, $300 grants for teachers, landscaping improvements, chairs for events, and three Promethean boards.  The organization has given $25,000 to TJEMS the last couple school years which matches the $25,000 in donations made by parents to the TJEMS capital campaign.

When asked if TJEMS benefits from strong parent involvement, Konstantoulas said that is a “big understatement.” She followed up by saying that so many parents want to be involved because of Principal James A. Dendinger and his staff.

Photo courtesy of David Simon

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