The Boys & Girls Club of Goshen, Ind., will hold its 13th annual “Bids for Kids” dinner and auction fundraiser Saturday night (May 4) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart. According to a press release, attendance and donations have increased in recent years due to expanded participation among local RV-related companies, with this year’s head count expected to be around 500.
Michilah Miller, Boys & Girls Club director of resource development and stewardship, credits much of the auction’s growth and success to the influence and leadership of Jason Lippert, chairman and CEO of Elkhart-based supplier Lippert Components Inc. and chairman of the club’s board.
“Jason and Lippert Components have done a great job of getting the whole RV industry involved,” she said. “It’s definitely become much larger since he came on board.”
Auction items this year include guided private fishing tours, tickets to a recording of “Saturday Night Live” and private jet transportation to a concert in Nashville. Attendees are invited to wear their favorite teams’ jerseys in keeping with the event’s tailgate theme. Sponsors include Lippert Components, Consolidated Metals, Ruth’s Chris Steak House Inc., Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., Wildman Business Group, Standard Industrial, Lakota and Patrick Industries Inc..
“Bids for Kids” will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact Miller at (574) 533-4793, ext. 111, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An impressive crowd of about 450 people gathered Saturday night (May 5) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., for an annual fund-raising auction benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen – a nonprofit club that’s more than 50 years old that typically serves as many as 350 young people a day at its downtown Goshen location.
Although total revenues aren’t released, the RV industry-centric event, organized by a committee led by Lippert Components Inc. CEO Jason Lippert, was reportedly the biggest yet in terms of total proceeds. Auction items included everything from five hours of time in a private jet — ordinarily the biggest bid — plus a Costa Rican vacation and an extravagant dinner for 10 that went for $4,200.
“The club’s been doing the auction for many years,” reports Lippert, who currently serves as president of the club. “I took over as chair of the auction four years ago. So, with state and United Way funding and some of the other areas where the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen gets their money, the auction and special events in general for the club have become more important for meeting our budget every year.”
And, in the final analysis, the auction fund-raiser itself succeeds in showing another side of the industry that often doesn’t find its way into the mainstream news.
“We have a dedicated staff that watches and cares for the kids,” says Lippert. “They just help by being there for whatever the kids might need them there for. Our goal is to help the kids become ultimately better adults and community citizens.”
In addition to Lippert, sponsors included: Kinro Inc., Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Consolidated Metals Inc., Genesis Products Inc., Hull Lift Truck Inc., IOIPay, Postle Aluminum, Barnes & Thornburg, Dexter Axle, May Oberfell Lorber, Standard Industrial, LionsHead Specialty Tire & Wheel, LTI Boyd Corp., Patrick Industries Inc., Edward Jones, IDS Electronics, Intercambio Express, McGladrey, Seating Technology, Tom Manning & Associates, Cequent Performance Products, American Technology Components Inc., CB Richard Ellis and Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp.