CBGC auction 2014 set to continue success of club, past events

The Culver Boys and Girls Club (CBGC) has announced its annual silent auction event to be held on June 13 (starting at 6 p.m.) at Culver Academies Lay Center.

The CBGC board members are excited about this year’s event, says board chairwoman Ginny Munroe.

“We are continuing our Building Brighter Futures theme,” she explains, “because it fits so well with our club's mission to create brighter futures for the kids in our community through educational programming, extracurricular activities, and fun. We want to show the community what our mission is about by promoting what we believe our club is to kids."

People attending this year's event will once again be treated to live entertainment, which always attracts a lot of guests.

Says event organizer Carol Zeglis, "Hopefully, everyone will be excited about our live entertainment. We try to bring in great talent every year, as we know it's a hit with our guests. This year, we are working hard to surprise everyone. We'll announce who we get later this spring, so stay tuned."

The Boys and Girls Club silent auction event has established itself as the kickoff to summer party in Culver. Each year, the team of board members who put the event together try to come up with new ideas for auction event items.

Zeglis says, "Every year, we collect around 200 items for the auction, and though we'll likely have some of the same items as previous years, we try each year to bring new items. We get the whole board involved in soliciting items, and the community always generously provides a wonderful selection."

Adds Dianne Osborn, one of the board members who Zeglis says collects the most items for the auction: "Several organizations, businesses, and individuals give to the auction. Many provide their vacation properties or funds to purchase trips. We are so fortunate that year after year, we can put on a great event that showcases how many local merchants and businesses, as well as individuals, care about our club and its mission in the community."

The event includes a live auction that will auction off items such as Kentucky Derby tickets. It also features an item kids in the club always contribute to through an art project.

Osborn, who helps organize the art project that the kids work on for the event, explains, "The kids are great about participating and they understand the importance of fundraising. For the past few years, their live auction items have drawn some large donations from community supporters. They put their hearts into the artwork and our supporters respond."

The CBGC has much to celebrate at this year's event. With almost 400 members and an average daily attendance of between 80 and 100 youth, the club reaches a large percentage of the school population, especially at the elementary school. Munroe emphasizes why so many kids are participating in the club:

"The kids are not only learning through educational programs, but they are having fun,” says Munroe. “We have expanded the opportunities for fun by building on our programs, adding more field trips, enhancing our summer programming, and inviting more volunteers and experts who can help our youth work on their academic skills. We also have several teens joining the kids to tutor, sponsor a program, and or teach leadership through example. Young people love to learn from teens, and we have responded to that by growing teen involvement."

The CBGC board is starting to collect items to be used in the silent auction event. Donated items can be given to one of the CBGC board members or they can be dropped off at the club.

"We would love to see the same level of participation from area merchants and businesses, out-of-town businesses, and individuals who supported us last year," says Zeglis. "We are fortunate to have strong community involvement in our silent auction event and through the ongoing support of our programs, volunteers, and monetary donations. It's obvious that many people care about the success of this club."

Those interested in checking out the items up for auction will be able to see them on the club's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CulverBoysAndGirlsClub.

"Check back on a regular basis," says Munroe, "as we'll be updating the items in the coming weeks."

The annual auction provides over 25 percent of CBGC's operating budget.

"We set the goal to raise $50,000, and though we know that is a challenge, we also know that our club's success depends on our ability to raise the funds. Helping us out this year are corporate sponsors of the event who are adding to the fundraising success. Many of these businesses are solicited multiple times, so we are grateful for the response of the businesses and individuals who continue to support us," says Zeglis.

Tickets to this year's event will be $40 or 2 for $75, which is "about the price of dinner and a movie for two," says Munroe.

For those who can't attend but want to make a monetary donation to the CBGC, they may write a check payable to Culver Boys and Girls Club and mail it to Culver Boys and Girls Club, P.O. Box 44, Culver, IN 46511.

The CBGC is an affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

The BGCA serves more than 44.8 million boys and girls in over 4,000 clubs nationally. It is the fastest growing youth-serving organization, opening a new club every business day. The mission of the club is "to inspire and enable the youth of our communities to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens." To find more information on BGCA, go to www.bgca.org. To find more information about the CBGC, call the club at 574-250-0103.