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Boys and Girls Club counting on auction to raise funds

September 17, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Boys and Girls Club is preparing for its biggest fund raiser of the year — the Combo Auction.

The 35th annual combo auction is set for Saturday at the Stockmen's Club of Imperial Valley in Brawley.

Everything from weekend trips to $300 worth of eye-care services from Dr. Don Barniske will be up for auction.

This year is the second year the auction also can be accessed online.

Maura Ferrel, office manager at the Brawley Boys and Girls Club, said two of the grants funding the club's operations have expired.

"Two grants ended this year so we need to work extra hard at this," said Ferrel. "We will try to raise more funds this year and hopefully there will be more online bidding."

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Last year's online bidding wasn't particularly fruitful because people were not aware of it.

Ferrel said this year the public was notified early about the online bidding option.

Bonnie Olesh, who owns Fifth Avenue Books in El Centro, headed the online bidding last year and will do so again this year.

Olesh was a donor as well as a bidder for several years before she was asked to spearhead the online bidding last year.

"It's an essential fund raiser because the bulk of their funding comes from the Combo Auction," said Olesh of the event.

"We need to cover those grants that expired this year," she added.

Olesh said the items up for bid are advertised on her Web site www.5thavebooks.com.

Olesh said Friday she has had several "hits" on the Web site but no bids so far.

The online bidding will not go forward if no one makes a bid on an item or participates during the live auction.

Bidding can be done by e-mail for the silent bidding or live online at 7:30 p.m. during the auction. Those who want to participate online during the auction must ask to do so beforehand.

Karin Morgan, Brawley director of parks and recreation, was in charge of the auction last year.

"The Boys and Girls Club is essential to the community in providing youth resources and guidance and is an important source in the city," she said.

"They provide many services we can't provide. They're very vital and this fund raiser is the major fund raiser for the club," she added.

"I hope that everyone comes and we would love to see them there," she said.

The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. The live auction will start at 7:30 p.m. and a dance will follow at 9:30 p.m.

Admission is $30. For a table of 10 the cost is $250.

Tables will be decorated with representations of different children storybooks in coordination with this year's theme — "Stroll through Literature." Those attending are encouraged to dress as their favorite children's book characters.

For more information contact the club at 344-2040.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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