Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri raised more than $127,000 at its 27th annual An Evening of Heart & Hope presented by W-K Chevrolet, held February 4 at the Sedalia Country Club.
“We’re so thankful to everyone who came out and bid from the heart,” said Fundraising Director Meghan Jeffreys. “The auction has always been a premier fundraising event in the community and thanks to our generous donors, we can continue to serve the nearly 800 children we see every day at our 11 Club sites.”
An Evening of Heart & Hope featured games, raffles, live and silent auctions, a performance by BGCWCM Club members and guest speaker Jake Rogers, who is BGCWCM’s 2017 Youth of the Year. New this year guests and non-attendees could bid on silent auction items through a mobile bidding platform.
“This was our first year with mobile bidding and we were very happy with how well it went,” Jeffreys said. “It was a great way to allow those who couldn’t attend the auction a chance to bid on some amazing auction packages and baskets.”
In addition to raising general operating funds, the evening’s SAY Yes Scholarship Fund drive also netted more than $17,000. This fund provides 100% scholarships for area children whose families may not be able to afford the Club’s $5 per day programming fee.
“I’d like to give a special thank you to Starline, who is our SAY Yes Champion each year and to everyone who supported the scholarships,” Jeffreys added.
All proceeds raised at An Evening of Heart & Hope will be used for Club operations.