The Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County will hold its 15th Annual Auction Extravaganza at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Centennial Valley Event Center.
Executive Director Robert Wright said, "This is our largest fundraiser of the year. What we’re trying to do is make this our biggest fundraiser because of cuts given from both United Way and other funding sources. This is an important fundraiser for us that really helps carry all three of our Boys and Girls Clubs — the Grace United Methodist Unit, the Mayflower Anna Hudson Unit, and downtown, the Bob Nabholz Unit."
Wright said proceeds will keep the after-school programs running that provide children with safety, education and tutoring as well as opportunities to express themselves through art.
He said tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at the Bob Nabholz Unit at 1313 Deer St. Corporate sponsorships are also available. A business may be a sponsor for a donation of $500, which entitles them to eight tickets and their logo on all advertising. A presenting sponsorship is $2,000 and entitles the donor to 16 tickets and their logo on all advertising, e-mail blasts and radio announcements.
Haley Fowler, a board member and co-chair of the event, said the event will include live music by Tragikly White, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, a live and silent auction, dancing, and an informational video about how the club impacts the community.
"It’s so helpful in making kids, young teens and young adults, become better citizens of the community for the future," she said.
Bobby French, president of the board of directors, said of the auction extravaganza, "It’s one of our major fundraisers. We generally will raise anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000. It’s a lot of our budget.
"It’s a chance for all our supporters — sponsors through the year are usually there — it’s a good opportunity for us to (reach) people who don’t know a lot about the club. We share our mission and goals with them."
French said last year was the first time the event included student artwork as an auction item. That new tradition will be continued this year, he said.
"It’s a great event, and we always have a good crowd. Every year we seem to get new sponsors that we can introduce to the Boys and Girls Club," he concluded.