Saturday’s (May 4) 2013 “Bids for Kids” charity dinner and auction benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen, Ind., was reportedly a huge success, largely due to local RV industry supporters.
Boys & Girls Club Director of Resource Development & Stewardship Michilah Miller said the local RV industry’s participation has made all the difference in bringing “Bids for Kids” to a new level in recent years. She said Jason Lippert, chairman and CEO of Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Lippert Components Inc., past president of the board of directors and chairman of the “Bids for Kids “committee, has encouraged fellow members of the local community’s RV industry for their support of the event — and the RV industry has responded.
More than 550 ticket-holders and upwards of 30 volunteers were in attendance at the Northern Indiana Event Center at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. The Event Center has been the auction’s home for the last four years after the program outgrew its previous location in Goshen.
The 2013 event included 56 live-auction items, a number that swelled to around 100 when including the IU & Notre Dame and Ohio State & Purdue silent auction tables. Live-auction items included such big-ticket packages as two tickets to the French Open tennis quarterfinals in Paris with air travel vouchers and five nights in a hotel near the Champs Elysees; tickets to the Country Music Association Awards with a hotel stay; tickets to the Jimmy Fallon Show in New York City; and a sports package to a Miami Heat NBA playoff game with a hotel stay, first-class air travel, parking in the players’ garage, VIP seating at the game, a meet-and-greet with players and a pair of shoes signed by LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.
Some items were subjects of such heated competition that sponsors doubled their donations so both of the two contending bidders could have one.
The enthusiasm and volume of support was overwhelming to club representatives.
“Humbled is not a strong enough word and grateful cannot quite capture the magnitude of thanks, awe, and joy I am filled with,” stated Miller. “To our volunteers, bidders, sponsors, donors and our many cheerleaders at ‘Bids for Kids': Your generosity is a loud proclamation of hope, and I, speaking on behalf of many, am thrilled to work by your side to better enable our kids to live a full life. Thank you for investing so boldly in a new generation of stories.”
Miller, who is also on the “Bids for Kid”s committee with Lippert, said it’s all part of a larger picture that transcends one fun night’s worth of good deeds among business people who happen to work in the same field.
“People understand that ‘Bids for Kids’ is bigger than any one company. At the end of the day, after the business meetings, the contracts, and the competition within the industry, we are all just people and we are meant to live life together,” she explained. “Bids for Kids allows the RV industry to live life together, and for a whole lot of kids who need to know that they’re not alone.
“It was an amazing night and we could not be more thankful to live in an area that stands behind the kids who need us the most.”