BY KIM VINCENT
The theme of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Imperial Valley Combo Auction was “Under Our Valley Sun.” Community members enjoyed an evening of auctions, food, and support for the local clubs at the Stockmen’s Club of Imperial Valley in Brawley.
The Combo Auction is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Imperial Valley. Proceeds benefit club members locally. The evening held a silent auction, a live auction, the Eunice Fleming Service Award, and the raffle drawing for the winner of the 2017 Polaris RZR X1000.
Elliot Houser, club member from the Brawley Unit and a member of Boy Scout Troop 4070 El Centro, lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Elliot is a five-year club member and said, “The activities at the club are fun.”
Some of the live auction items included original artwork from club members with a value -priceless, Sponsor a Club Kid for a Year, and Sponsor Outdoor Outreach Experience for Club Teens, where the teens will vote on one of three trips to attend overnight.
The City of Brawley is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs Brawley Unit for the Teen Center. Donald Wharton, Brawley Council Member attended the Combo Auction with other council members. Wharton stated, “The evening is a time to raise much needed funds for the clubs and to mingle and network with community members.
The city sees the great work throughout the year with the events of the Boys & Girls Clubs. The evening is a popular event.” He also noted there are multiple noble clubs where the city sees great work all year with positive effects for community members.
Misty R. Lee, Executive Director, explained that each year a community member or members are recognized for their contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Imperial Valley through volunteering or donating over the years. This year was no exception. The 2017 Eunice Fleming Service Award recipients were Lori and Rick Young.
Also included in the evening’s festivities was the drawing for the 2017 Polaris RZR X1000. Club members, staff, and board members sold tickets over the last several months. Club member Landon Kellum from the Holtville Unit was the top ticket seller, selling over 22 books, and earning himself a Play Station 4. He also drew the winning ticket for the 2017 Polaris RZR X1000. Yoset Sandoval was the lucky winner.
During 2016, a total of 650 kids were served at both Imperial Valley sites, Brawley and Holtville. The 2017 focus is to increase enrollment for teen members to have a greater impact on the youth served.