It became as clear as 007's Austin Martin's blue eyes last week, that the community was not going to allow economic slow downs to diminish their support for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. Following the Casino Royale James Bond theme, it was also clear that this community loves playing dress up for these popular fundraising events. "It was the best-attended party of the year, and the largest attendance in 22 years of Boys and Girls Club fund raisering on the Kenai Peninsula," event co-chair Peter Micciche pointed out. "The most remarkable thing about the event in this tough economy is the fact that the evening's attendance was by far noticeably higher than any year in the past," he added.
Boys and Girls Club auction co-chairs, Mike Navarre and Micciche, pointed out there were 30 percent more reserved tables sold than in the past and they were anticipating having to make more tables available in the future. As the master of ceremonies for the event, Micciche expressed appreciation towards the community's continued support in providing a positive place for kids. "This year's auction has been generously supported by many committed to the children in our community, including Tesoro as the main sponsor once again at the $10,000 level," said Micciche. There were numerous others who also stepped up for the kids' benefit, with food and game sponsors that included Peak, Udelhoven and ASRC all at the $2,500 level. The evening's food was prepared by Charlotte's Kenai Catering, and other local businesses, including Paradisos, Froso's, Cold Stone Creamery, and Country Foods, who all helped provide dinner items as well. One of the organizers asked Doug Baxter of Batir Construction if he'd help with the casino-like money wheel. "I said sure, sounds fun. But it wasn't until a few days ago that I realized they had kind of mumbled over the word make a Money Wheel," teased Baxter when he was recognized for having one of the most popular games at the event.
"I am not the type to get easily choked up, but this year's generosity made it somewhat hard for me to speak for a while there. Those in this community that work to make this a better place never seem to run out of the ability and a willingness to give. You know the large donors such as ConocoPhillips, BP, Tesoro and Arby's are there year after year, but what really carries our clubs these days, are the individual donors such as those that came out Saturday. We had simple objectives for the event that included solid attendance and good items for the auction, so folks could bid generously. In all areas we exceeded goals at a time when we needed it the most. We needed to earn $60,000 in order to not dramatically reduce programs Through this event, the community of the Central Peninsula responded with approximately $85, 000," he said. Micciche added that the list of those that should be recognized for success of Saturday's Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Auction would go on for pages; so on behalf of the kids who will have that positive place and activities for the coming year, and the club's Board of Directors Micciche simply extended a warm thank you to all.
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