Tonight’s the Annual Boys & Girls Club Auction
The RV industry has circled its wagons in a huge way around an annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen, Ind., to the extent that the 14th Annual “Bids for Kids” Dinner & Auction, set for 5 p.m. tonight (May 3) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, looks like it will be the biggest yet.
“We are hoping so,” Michilah Miller, director of development and special events for the Goshen Boys & Girls Club told RVBUSINESS.com this morning. “Everything looks like it’s going to be the biggest event we’ve had. The economy feels good. The RV industry has just grabbed on to this event and our club kids, and they’re helping us make kids’ dreams come true. It’s such a really unique and humbling event to be a part of in such a small community.
“We have over 700 people attending, 59 live auction items, over a hundred silent auction items and we have over 40 people volunteering,” she said, adding that attendees are invited to wear jerseys for their favorite sports teams in line with the tailgate theme of the event, which includes a cash bar and a dinner catered by Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Presenting sponsors for the sold-out, $100-a-plate auction include Lippert Components Inc., Consolidated Metals Inc., HSM (Hickory Springs Mfg.), Genesis Products Inc., Lakota, Augusta RV, Wildman Business Group and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Items up for bid this year include Notre Dame football season tickets, a trip to the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale with tickets to the Phoenix Open, a seven-day stay at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Hawaii, front-row tickets to a Katy Perry concert, a custom date on a private jet, tickets to the Telluride Film Festival, box seats to a Dave Matthews concert, private chef dinners and more.
The Goshen Boys & Girls Club, which this week was awarded a $250,000 grant for facilities renovations and expansion by the Elkhart County Community Foundation, has more than 1,000 members with up to 400 kids coming in every day, many of them from families employed by RV firms. In return, said Miller, the annual auction has enjoyed a surge in attendance and donations in recent years since the area’s RV-related companies began to support it in force.
“As a result,” she noted, “last year the club was able to provide new fitness and art programs and an average of two full letter grades’ improvement in both math and reading through expanded tutoring.”