The Boys & Girls Club of Goshen, Ind., is preparing for its annual Bids for Kids dinner and auction fundraiser on May 4, and it’s looking to the local RV industry to once again make it a success.
Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components Inc., Elkhart, Ind., and chairman of the Boys & Girls Club board, has increasingly led other RV industry members to support and attend the event in recent years.
“We have general managers and owners from maybe 70% of RV companies around here who attend the event, participate, help or sponsor in one way or another,” said Michilah Miller, Boys & Girls Club director of resource development and stewardship. “Jason’s been on the board for six years; he and Lippert Components have kind of taken over and run with this event. They’ve done a great job of getting the whole RV industry involved. It’s definitely gotten much larger since he came on board.”
Four years ago, the Boys & Girls Club moved the auction to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart. “We had to move it out there because it’s grown so much, and there’s not really a place in Goshen that will fit it anymore,” Miller explained. “The Hall is amazing to work with. They help us out every year.”
Like last year, there are a number of live-auction items, including guided private fishing trips, tickets to “Saturday Night Live” and a private jet trip to Nashville for a concert. “We’ll have lots of different fun and exciting things,” she said, including a tailgate theme with sports-apparel dress code and catering provided by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
Miller reported that many kids who use the Boys & Girls Club in Goshen come from families with ties to the RV industry and appreciate what industry members do for them at this fundraiser. “When they come in and they see what their parents’ companies are doing for them, it’s just really neat,” she said.
The Boys & Girls Club of Goshen serves school-age youth ages 6 through 18, with approximately 350 children attending programs and activities each day. Beyond offering youth development programming in five core areas — health and life skills, education and career development, character and leadership development, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation — the club offers a wide variety of other fun-filled activities to its members. Nutritious afterschool snacks and dinners are also available to all club members each day.
For those who are unable to attend the fundraiser, support is welcomed in other forms. “If companies can’t come to the auction or aren’t here in the area, we do have many different sponsorship opportunities and are still accepting donations for the auction,” said Miller. “There are plenty of ways people can get involved.”
Presenting sponsors are Lippert Components, Consolidated Metals, Ruth’s Chris Steak House Inc., Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., Wildman Business Group, Standard Industrial, Lakota, and Patrick Industries Inc., along with other sponsors.
“All of the sponsors, donors and bidders allow us to continue to provide a safe place for children to learn and grow,” Miller stated. “We could never thank them enough for supporting the 1,100 children who flood our doors every year.”
For tickets or information on sponsorship and donations, contact Michilah Miller at (574) 533-4793, ext. 111, or firstname.lastname@example.org; or, send checks for event tickets ($100 per seat) to Boys and Girls Club of Goshen – Bids for Kids, P.O. Box 614, Goshen, Ind., 46527.