A total of $153,000 was raised on Saturday, Feb. 16 at The Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri’s 23rd annual auction, An Evening of Heart & Hope, presented by Central Bank of Missouri.
The Silent Auction kicked off the night as attendees bid on nearly 80 packages ranging from $20 to over $1,000 in value. “I am very pleased with how the Silent Auction went this year,” said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director, Brett Barth-Fagan. “Local businesses are extremely generous and this auction wouldn’t be as successful without their donations and support.”
The unmistakable calls of Johnson Bay Auction Service kicked the Live Auction at 7 p.m. after the highly anticipated Beef and “Heads or Tails” raffles. The winner of the Beef Raffle, Tammy & Andy Fowler, will receive a side of beef from Jaeger Gerke Farms and free processing from E&M Processing. Ronnie Boeschen won the Heads or Tails game and chose a wellness package from Backbone of Health for his Pick of the Auction.
Halfway through the Live Auction the Club switched gears, “paused for the cause” and encouraged attendees to make a donation to the S.A.Y. Yes scholarship fund, which gives attendees the chance to provide hope and opportunity to the youth of Missouri. Cara Canon, with ProEnergy Services and Barbara Hayden, with Starline Inc., generously offered matching funds of $15,000 to get S.A.Y. yes off to a great start. Together the attendees and local business bid more than $15,000, which Canon and Hayden matched, bringing the S.A.Y. Yes donation total to more than $30,000.
“In the moment, it was truly miraculous to witness the outpouring of support,” said Barth-Fagan. “Cara and Barbara were the spark that began a fire of generosity.”
After much anticipation, the Club unveiled the 2013 Pink Flamingo Award winner. With nearly 4,000 votes, Deidre Esquivel was named the winner. She received the Pink Flamingo Award to display on her desk at Furnell Companies for the next year and at a time unbeknownst to her, a flock of hot pink plastic flamingos will appear somewhere near Furnell Companies offices.
Auction chairs included: Kelli Weymuth, Chair of Games & Raffles; Marsha Boeschen and Dee Dee Gilmore, Co-Chairs of Hospitality; Jessica Pyle, Chair of Logistics; Shelly Kempton and Shannon Boeschen, Co-Chairs of Themes & Décor; Ashlee Paxton, Chair of Volunteers; Cara Barth-Fagan, Chair of Procurement; Matt Melville, RJ Lindstrom, Darren Pannier, and Todd Gerlt, Co-Chairs of Sponsorships; Ruth Dale, Chair of Pink Flamingo Award; Dale Malone, Matt Melville, and Dr. Michael Perusich, Co-Chairs of the S.A.Y. Yes fund; Amy Ballard, Chair of Valet Parking.
The event was catered by Bandana’s Bar-B-Q with beverages supplied by County Distributing, Glazer’s Distributors, Les Bourgeois and PepsiAmericas. Dukes & Boots also made a martini bar available. Other sponsoring vendors included Johnson-Bay Auction Service, Table of 5 Catering, Dairy Queen, US Foods, US Bank, and Impact Signs.
Sponsors for the event were: Title Sponsor: Central Bank of Missouri $5,000 Hope Level Sponsor: The Sedalia Democrat; W-K Chevrolet $2,500 Heart Level Sponsors: Ditzfeld Transfer Inc., Thompson Hills Investment Group, McDonald’s, JAM Marketing, Dukes & Boots, General Cable, W&M Welding, and Kempton & Russell; $1,500 Opportunity Level Sponsors: Inter-State Studio and Publishing, SMC, KCP&L, Wilson, Toellner & Associates, LLC, Subway, and SedaliaNow.com $1,000 Be Great Level Sponsors: Car-Mart, Formal Affairs, Katy Trail Community Health, Frankum Family Dentistry, Lamm Tech, Third National Bank, and Web & Sons $500 Great Futures Start Here Level Sponsors: Backbone of Health, Bryant Motors, Barbara Cooney Foundation, Culligan, GFI, Heartland Paintless Dent Repair, Home Heating & Air Conditioning Co., IBG, Jim’s Tires, Landmann Title, MC Power Companies, MEL Vending, Murdock Banner Financial Group, David & Stephanie Parkhurst, Dennis & Terri Paul, Robert Rollings Architects, LLC, Septagon Construction, Wagenknecht Quarterhorses and Farms.
By raising more than $153,000 the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri raised $10,000 more than last year’s event. The money from the auction goes directly to helping the Boys & Girls Club offer kids a safe place to go after school, have a healthy snack, get homework completed and engage in positive relationships with peers and trained youth development professionals. Story submitted. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.