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home : columnists : columnists July 25, 2017

2/23/2017 4:00:00 AM
Auxiliary seeking the highest bidders
The Times file photoTeri Ditslear (from left), pastor at Roots of Life Community Church, Esther Lakes of Smith’s Jewelers, and Kim Hirschfeld, a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville, socialize at during the Club’s 2015 Auxiliary Auction at Harbour Trees Golf and Beach Club.
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Teri Ditslear (from left), pastor at Roots of Life Community Church, Esther Lakes of Smith’s Jewelers, and Kim Hirschfeld, a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville, socialize at during the Club’s 2015 Auxiliary Auction at Harbour Trees Golf and Beach Club.

By Betsy Reason

The hors d'oeuvres buffet is scrumptious. The auction items are amazing. And the guest list is a who's who of local business owners, public officials and well-to-do members of the community

The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville's 32nd annual Auxiliary Auction on Saturday night at Harbour Trees Golf Club promises to be a night to remember.

This year's theme, "A Night Under the Stars," brings together supporters to raise money for the Club, which will break ground by March on a new building to be located in front of the Club's Community Center, 150 N. 17th St. Tickets are $125 with only standing-room space still available.

"With the new building on the horizon, the Auxiliary has many options to help financially," said Jennifer Deakyne, the auxiliary's president, whose husband Gary Deakyne is the event's auctioneer. "We will be funding the kitchen and as funds are available would like to help with playground equipment and new furniture. But that all depends on the generosity of the attendees and the community, many of whom have already been so generous in supporting the capital campaign to build the new facility."

The community has been generous. "We are blessed to typically raise over $100,000," Deakyne said.

Money goes toward Club programs, such as snack packs for the kids, hot meals to members served on Mondays and Thursdays, camp scholarships, field trips and other club activities, as well as bigger projects, such as the kitchen remodeled the auxiliary funded a couple of years ago, she said.

In tradition, expect men donning tuxedos and ladies modeling their glitziest dresses at this black tie-optional gala, which will be the first event to take place in the newly remodeled Harbour Trees ballroom. It's always a fun night, with hundreds of silent auction items, plus some really cool items up for bid in a live auction. Plus dancing follows the auction.

I've attended this fundraiser many times over the past 30 years, since the silent auction went from paper bids to handheld BidPal devices. I was even able to go to the Auxiliary's Facebook page for an online link to the auction, where bids can be placed for more than 120 items, with more coming in every day, and where donations may also be made.

One of the popular live-auction items that returns this year is a ride in a biplane with local pilot Darren Peck.

Jon Hirschfeld and wife, Kim (board vice president), and Scott and Sally LaNeve have donated and will play hosts to a bourbon tasting party for six. Julie Montgomery of Stinky Feet Photography snapped photographs of the Conner Street building that she's donated. There is a hot-air balloon ride, a golf simulator package from Harbor Trees, Bon Jovi concert tickets and suite concert tickets for four to choice of Billy Joel or Lady Gaga. Another interesting item is a shooting range experience offered by Noblesville Police Department.

Last year, the auxiliary sold charm bracelets donated by longtime Club supporter Smith's Jewelers, and this year there will be a charm available to go with the auction's theme. The auction is sponsored by Community Health Network; board member Bryan Mills is Community's CEO.

The Club in 2016 served 2,120 youth grades kindergarten through high school yearly with both academic and athletic programs.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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