Club’s “Bids for Kids” Auction Huge Success!

article posted 08/19/2015
By: Dr. Anthony Tricoli, President/CEO........ The employees, board and community collaborated in what resulted in a huge win for kids last Saturday night at the Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area’s 16th Annual Auction. More than 200 hundred tickets were sold to local community members, and over 100 donor items were offered for bid including a 2016 19’ Bryant Sportabout boat, a queen pillow top mattress from Beds to Go, a Lazy Boy Recliner from Mason’s Furniture, a storage building from Valley Building Supply, an autographed Buffalo Bills hat by Monroe County’s very own Jerome Felton, My-T-Power Quilt from Mountain Village Quilters, a very special Valentine’s dinner party for eight at Patsy Carson’s house, and a large (and heavy) antique water jar full of coins from 50+ years of pocket change donated by Dr. David Kefauver. “This was the smoothest running auction I can remember,” said Paul Willson, Chairman of the Board and co-host of the auction. The other co-host was our beloved Legislative Representative John Forgety, who always does a great job as the official auctioneer of this event. “I had a great time,” said John, “I always do! This Club continues to make a tremendous difference in the life of these children. We are very proud of our local Boys and Girls Club,” said representative Forgety. The evening started with the Pledge of Allegiance delivered by 10 Club kids who were at the Auction to welcome our guests as they arrived at the Tellico West Conference Center for a night of fun and surprises all in the name of supporting our local children. One of the surprises that greeted all who attended this event was a wonderful and warm video produced by the Bingham Group. Board member, Lisa Bingham and her staff produced a top notch video of our kids over the summer. The video was completed just in time to be shared at the Auction. This video can now be viewed by all simply by going to our website at: www.bgcmonroearea.org. “I can’t remember when I’ve had so much fun,” said Vonore and Madisonville’s Club Unit Director Judy Carson. “Everything just flowed as smooth as silk; set up and tear down was a breeze this year, we all had a great time together!” Judy’s sentiments were mirrored by several other employees of the Club and many more from the community. Staci Self-Dean, Director of Operations said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the team coming together and ensuring the event ran smoothly. Everyone pitched in and created an amazing and fun atmosphere for our kids and community.” John Dorton, President of Bryant Boats said, “We were happy to be a part of the Boys and Girls Club’s Auction. This is a great organization that serves a very important need in our community, and Bryant Boats is happy to do what we can to help.” As part of the evening’s festivities, several individuals were recognized for their service to the Club and our community. Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Paul Willson was recognized by Representative Forgety, Matlock and Bell for his work at the Club and for his recent nomination to the Tennessee Bank Commission. Pat Frank received the Blue Door Award for being the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Teena Herrington was recognized for her selfless work for and on behalf of the Club in Vonore, and Board Secretary Phil Herrington received special recognition for giving countless hours of his time to the Club in preparation for the Auction. Finally, Richard and Louise Teising received the night’s highest recognition as they were inducted into the Jeremiah Millbanks Society for their generous support to the children of the Club. “This was a great evening for a great cause, we couldn’t have asked for a nicer event or a better outcome,” said board vice chairman Dr. Alan Jackson.