The 26th annual Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula auction and dinner grossed $300,000 on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Sequim with its sponsorship support, pre-auction donations and ancillary opportunities and attracted about 340 attendees.
The theme was “City of Dreams” and many dreams of Sequim and Port Angeles children will be able to be fulfilled through the ongoing financial support of the clubs’ programs.
Through generous donations of local businesses and individuals, the silent auction, featuring 184 donated items, raised $23,500; the live auction with vigorous bidding on 26 items, from a Disney vacation to Lasix eye surgery, pulled in $41,000; and the Sweet Dreams Dessert Frenzy raised $5,600 for 14 delectable desserts.
But the greatest flow of dollars came during the Bid for Kids event when attendees raised their paddles to donate funds at specified levels — it raised a whopping $155,000.
Executive director Mary Budke said she was thrilled by the community’s generosity. The annual auction and dinner is the largest fundraiser for the clubs which serve approximately 300 children a day during their drop-in hours.
Fundraising and contributions account for 57 percent of the clubs’ budget.