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"We Are The Champions" Auction & Dinner
Saturday, November 12, 2016

We Are the Champions! On November 12th the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula held its 28th Annual Auction and Dinner at the Carroll C. Kendall Club. The Club transformed from an active after school center to Great Futures Field and took on a sports themed decor. Nearly 400 guests attended and bid on 300 auction items from our community and surrounding areas. Guests were greeted by the cheerleaders at the door and our executive director, Mary Budke and Board President, Ken Williams in the “news room” with Club member reporters. Guests checked in and quickly took to bidding while enjoying concessions served by members. Aligning to the theme guests could bid at the sports table for spirit items, tickets to sporting events, autographed memorabilia and athletic experiences among three other silent auctions before heading in to dinner catered by The Cedars at Dungeness. Todd Ortloff was our very own announcer, or shall we say Master of Ceremonies. Katherine Clark, a Port Angeles Club membered opened the night festivities with the national anthem and the younger members were called on stage to share why they are champions at the Club. Their walk up songs and spoken words stole the night and had the crowd cheering- it was clear they were the champions. The live auction opened with a “Best of Live” drawing won by Jim Hallet who selected the beautifully hand crafted table by Westport and quickly donated back to the Port Angeles Clubhouse for their new building expected to open as early as 2019. The popular dessert frenzy followed with twelve delicious desserts from local bakers and bakeries garnering a record $9,600. Live auction items included trips, meals every month for a year at popular restaurants, a TV, and sports items, such as a game in the Port Angeles Lefties Suite and two tickets to an upcoming Seahawks game with sideline access. Guests were be given the opportunity to “Bid for Kids” and make a gift to the Club to support our after school programming after hearing from Port Angeles member, Cody Mireau. He shared his personal story of choosing to be raised by his foster mom and stay in Port Angeles where his Club is, over the option of relocating to be with his siblings. His powerful speech and moving video depicting Club life motivated attendees to give $132,000 to support programs. The big night raised $300,000 for the organization and makes up nearly one quarter of the annual budget.  
The auction is usually only one of two fundraising events that support the Clubs, but this spring there will be an additional chance to support the organization. In March, the Port Angeles Board will lead efforts to kick off a capital campaign to fund the construction of a new 14,000 square foot facility for Port Angeles Youth. “Wearing & Sharing the Green” is expected to host 300 people and rally community support for the 140 members who visit the Port Angeles Club daily. Membership has reached capacity at the current Clubhouse and we can no longer accommodate new members, further the Clubhouse will be demolished in the final phase of the Peninsula Housing Authority’s renovation to double the homes in the area. 

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