“It’s all for the kids” seemed to be the sentiment felt throughout the room and evening — despite the theme being the Super Bowl — for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Colorado River’s annual Bids for Kids event Feb. 2.
The Super Bowl theme was evident though with two cakes, one for the Philadelphia Eagles and the other for the New England Patriots, and volunteers in referee jerseys. Table decorations which included jars painted to look like footballs helped round out the setting.
People in attendance came with the idea of winning prizes but all for the purpose of supporting youth in the community. The event is the Clubs’ largest fundraiser and helps keep the organization running year round.
At the start of the evening, Autumn Boyle-Robinson, chief executive officer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Colorado River, said the hope is to bring in $60,000 to $70,000. The money goes to supporting the two current club sites in Laughlin and Bullhead City. There are plans to open a third site in Fort Mohave so the funds also will support that endeavor, she continued.
It takes a lot of money to run the clubs, Boyle-Robinson said. It takes a lot to have the correct staff, who’ve been background checked, have the right credentials and “the heart” to be part of the group, she added.
Then there is the cost to have the healthy snacks, various types of equipment to keep the children healthy and active and other needs such as field trips, she said. The clubs serve about 1,400 youth per year, she added.
The event featured a live auction but there also was a silent auction with donations made by local businesses and community members. The cake wars, heads or tails contest, additional prizes and food and beverages rounded out the night. The last person standing at the end of the heads or tails contest would win $1,000 in gift certificates.
Silent auction items included items autographed by professional athletes, Disney ornament collections, gift certificates and artwork. There were gift baskets, overnight stays, concert tickets, and children’s items galore.
The live auction went grander with items like trips to Africa or Hawaii. There were Luke Bryan concert tickets, Disney tickets, a built-in barbecue from Labriola Masonry, advertising with Lamar, concrete and finishing, a stay at the Grand Canyon Caverns for six people and more.
Besides donating to the auction, community members came out in droves to participate in the event. Many bid on silent auction items or chose to participate in the live auction.
Molly Nottingham, a retired teacher, said she has been coming for years and loves it. For her, it’s about the kids and supporting them, she added. She was hoping to get some of the Disney items.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also was spotted at the event. He said he and his wife, Joyce, used to be actively involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs before moving to Needles and they wanted to do that again. Like Nottingham, Daniels noted that it’s about the kids and supporting them in the best way.
The community, as always, came out and supported the Clubs in an amazing way, Boyle-Robinson said. They made the donations but also showed up to bid on items, she continued.