More than $60,000 was raised for the programs of the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County at the club's 12th annual Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Auction, held Saturday evening at Trinity United Methodist Church.
The event drew a large turnout for a buffet dinner followed by a live and silent auction.
The auction was held to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club programs and activities and featured more than 600 items from local businesses, sports memorabilia, television and movie items, entertainers, political items and other unique items.
"We really had a good participation from our bidders and we were able to surpass our expectations for our live and silent auction items this year," said Rebecca Tipton, a board member and the co-chairman of this year's event along with Eddie Yokley.
Several bidders in attendance stated that they were always surprised at how the Boys & Girls Club was able to get items from so many people and so many different areas of life, ranging from sports to politics to actors to local items.
Many unique items were on display for sale by the club.
"We had 616 items up for bid this year," said Ted Bryant of co-title sponsor Summers-Taylor Inc., a Boys & Girls Club board member.
"We were very pleased with the generous bids the club received this year, and it was due to the hard work of all the club staff and volunteers to put this event together," Bryant said.
"We did not know how successful the event would be this year based on the current economy, but the great people of our community really stepped up to make our event a success and help our children" he added.
This year's event was title-sponsored by Forward Air and Summers-Taylor, Inc.
The other major sponsors of this year's event included: C & C Millwright Mainenance Co., Inc., Modern Woodmen, and RPC Specialty Coatings as the dinner sponsors; the bid tables were sponsored by Greeneville Federal Bank, the Greeneville Light & Power System, and Randy and Carolyn Brown Capps; and the Event Program was sponsored by Takoma Regional Hospital.
Other major sponsors included CE Minerals, DTR Tennessee, Everette "Scottie" and Vanda Scott, Josh Swatzell, Landair Transport & Distribution, Marsh Petroleum, Oak Tree Gallery, Power Equipment, Professional Vending Services, and the Town of Greeneville.
TOP SELLER: $2,600
Items for sale ranged from photos and scripts to sports equipment, books and CDs.
Also, many area restaurants, stores and other businesses donated certificates, various goods and services.
The top-selling item was a guitar signed by The Band Perry that went for $2,600.
A vacation package to Topsail Island, $900; a Vizio 42-inch TV from the Walmart Distribution Center, $675; a Monterey Medallion Quilt handmade and donated by Margaret Van Pelt, $525; two restored stain glass windows from Cumberland Presbyterian Church from the 1950s donated by Tom and Virginia Hite, $525 and $500 each; a U.S. flag from Jordan Yokley that flew during a combat mission in Afghanistan, $500; an Emerson flat panel TV from Walmart Distribution Center, $375; a table and chair set from MECO, $375; an evening of Indulgence from the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, $375;
also, a stay at Rudy's Peachtree Plaza in the Smokies, $350; a vacation package to the Isles casino in Biloxi, Miss., $325; a framed University of Tennessee National Championship poster singed by Phillip Fulmer and Tee Martin, $325; a framed Clint Eastwood autographed picture, $310; a framed movie poster from the film, "Saving Private Ryan," autographed by Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, $300; a Topps Authentic Samuel Remington certified autograph card, $300;
also, a Wyndham Resort vacation package to Myrtle Beach donated by Dr. Daniel Lewis, $300; two seats from UT's Thompson Boling Arena donated by Jerry and Nancy Fortner, $300; a George Strait autographed cowboy hat, $300; a vacation package to Cyprus Pointe Grand Villas donated by Eddie and Carolyn Yokley, $300; and a getaway to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, $300.
Laura Pendleton, a club board member, said "We are very grateful that the Boys & Girls Club is able to get items from so many businesses and notables from around the globe and the great local and regional items that compliment the auction. We could not have the event that we have without this most generous support."
Daniel Johnson, president of the local Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, expressed thanks to "Scott Bullington, Bridget Jones, Cathy Osborne, Brittany White, Jenna Rader and all the wonderful staff members of the club and also thanked the many volunteers that helped to make this year's event a success."
Eddie Yokley, Shane Carter and Gary Wills volunteered as auctioneers. Johnson also expressed thanks to the many volunteers that helped pull items and helped with the check-out, and to Michael Knapp, Chris Oldenberg and the entire Trinity United Methodist Kitchen Crew for the great food.
FUNDS ACTIVITIES, STAFFING
Events such as the Celebrity Auction help to fund the local Boys & Girls Club activities and staffing, Executive Director Bullington pointed out.
The school year membership at the Boys & Girls Club is $5 per child, per school year, and $90 for the entire summer program. The Boys & Girls Club is open to all school-age youth who reside in Greeneville and Greene County.
The club has various programs for youth development including: character and leadership development, arts, sports fitness and recreation, education and career development and health and life skills.
The local Boys & Girls Club has received many state and local awards for its community involvement and youth development programs over the past few years, and remains a leader in youth development for the community.
The Boys & Girls Club has served many youth each year through its after-school and summer programs, school outreach projects and youth sports events.
For more information on the Boys & Girls Club, stop by at 740 West Church St., call 787-9322 or 787-9334, or visit the club's Facebook page or the club website at http://www.ggcbgc.org.