CBGC auction promises to dazzle with Quick Change, enhanced auction offerings

The Culver Boys and Girls Club (CBGC) has announced its annual silent auction to be held Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at Culver Academies’ Lay Dining Center. This year's theme is “Building Brighter Futures.”

The evening includes a delicious buffet dinner, exciting entertainment, and both silent and live auctions, featuring items to please every bidder. All proceeds from the event fund the operation and implementation of programs for over 300 members of our local club.

Carol Zeglis, chair event organizer and board member, explains that a highlight of this year's event will be live entertainment by the internationally known magical transformation act, “Quick Change.” The intricately choreographed dance exhibition performed by David Maas and Dania Kaseeva will puzzle the audience with flashing costume transformations, their metamorphosis occurring in seconds in front of incredulous audiences. Since Quick Change's debut in 1996, audiences have responded to their illusions with tremendous ovations. They have appeared on numerous television shows such as Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as performing during halftime at professional sporting events. To view a clip of “Quck Change” log on to their website, www.wolfpack-entertainment.com

The auction committee will also present new and diverse items at the auction this year.

Ginny Munroe, CBGC president, says she is thrilled to see the number of items arriving at her office.

“This community is always so supportive of our club,” she notes. “We are grateful to the individuals and organizations who give to this event to make it possible to operate our club. This year, we have a lot of new items arriving. From overnight trips accompanied with restaurant gift cards, theater tickets, and other enticing items, to the new things we are seeing from businesses in Culver, Plymouth, and even further away, we can’t wait to show everyone what we’ll be able to offer. We have some amazing items, including Kentucky Derby tickets, opera tickets, belly dancing lessons, shopping sprees, sports tickets, gifts anyone will love such as an iPad, and an array of items that I can see people of all ages bidding on.”

The CBGC board is encouraging people to donate items of value. If you would like to donate, you can drop items off at CulverLodging Realty, located at 218 S. Main Street in Culver. The level of participation from local businesses and merchants has been outstanding in the past and this year proves no different. Donations are being posted on the club's website at www.bgcculver.org. Munroe encourages people to check out the site more than once, as it will change with each set of items posted.

A goal of $50,000 has been set for this year's auction and as in the past, the club is accepting corporate and individual sponsorships to help us reach this challenge. For more information on sponsoring the auction, contact Ginny Munroe at 574-252-6148.

The CBGC has much to celebrate at this year's event. With a total of 333 youth served in the past year, the Club is reaching more youth than ever before. It offers some of the most popular after-school activities for area youth.

Corey Monnier, Unit Director, reports that members participate in various programs such as the MK scholastic remediation program, the SMART girls program to develop self esteem, the NetSmartz Internet safety program, and the Triple Play program teaching good nutrition, physical fitness, and good character development. Members are also involved in community service projects that provide them an opportunity to thank the community for its support of the club.

Tickets for the event may be purchased for $65 per person or $125 per couple by sending a check to Culver Boys and Girls Club, P.O. Box 44, Culver, IN, 46511. Please include an e-mail address or phone number in order to receive a reservation confirmation. The event is by reservation only, so no tickets will be sold at the door.

Says event organizer Zeglis, “We have a wonderful menu planned, so we need to get a headcount before the event, so please get your registration in as soon as you can.”

This year’s registration pays for dinner, an open bar, the entertainment, and entrance.

“Every year, the auction is one of the main events in Culver and kicks off summer. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy an evening for this worthy cause. We promise a wonderful dinner, a spectacular selection of items to bid on, and an evening of fun,” concludes Zeglis.