Update 9/24/2014 1:58 p.m.
BRAWLEY – The Boys & Girls Club of Imperial Valley held their 48th Annual Gala and Combo Auction on Saturday at the Stockmenâ€™s Club in Brawley.
The theme for this year was â€œGreat Futures Start Hereâ€ and included dinner, a silent auction, a live auction, and plenty of socializing and good times.
The Platinum sponsors include Union Bank, Wingate Company, and The Meat Company Inc.Â Several gold, silver, and bronze sponsors also made this event successful.
The silent auction included several beautifully cellophane wrapped baskets with items donated by several local and independent businesses, to include Harley Davidson gear, a necklace by Statements & Stones, Broken Yolk Gift Basket, Brunswick Bowling Alley Family Fun Package, Stella & Dot jewelry and many other wonderful baskets.
Live Auction items included San Diego Padres Field Trip for 100 Boys & Girls Club kids which include admission and bus, a whole steer including butchering costs, San Diego Brewery Tour with Limo for six people, a South Africa photo safari package, and six night stay in a condo in Kauai, New York City trip and several other incredible items.
Jean Oswalt, President of the Board of Directors for the Imperial Valley, said that this is their main fundraiser and last year netted $100,000.Â They are hoping to exceed that this year.
The funds help support the now three clubs serving the Imperial Valley; Brawley in itsâ€™ 48th year, El Centro in itsâ€™ 4th year, and one recently opened during the summer in Holtville.Â It costs $25 a year for a child to join the Boys & Girls Club.
According to Jean Oswaldt, it realistically â€œcosts $500 a year per child and the Gala helps offset these costsâ€.Â Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Imperial Valley, Sara Sanders, says she appreciates everyone.
Their services have grown and expanded and they could not have done it without the outpouring of support by the community.
The Boys & Girls Club of Imperial Valley supports their five through eighteen year olds in three main ways; physical and mental health, education from high school graduation and planning for the future, and becoming good citizens.
They encourage positive character and activities in fun and engaging ways.Â Â If you are interested in having your child join, please contact one of the Boys & Girls Clubs in your area.