Celebrity Auction

Celebrity Auction

Each August, the Boys & Girls Club hosts the annual Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Auction. The auction features both a live and silent auction, as well as a buffet dinner. The event is full of items from sports memorabilia to celebrity autographs to local restaurant and business certificates and items to much, much more. This event helps to support the many programs and activities that Club members participate in on a daily basis.

Annual Boys & Girls Club Auction Nets Over $80,000 Profit

GREENEVILLE – The 18th Annual Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Auction was held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church where more than $80,000 was raised for the local Boys & Girls Club’s programs.

The event had a huge turnout with many having to stand after the buffet dinner for the live and silent auction. The auction was held to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club programs and activities and featured 700 items ranging from vacation packages, local restaurants and businesses certificates and items, to memorabilia and autographs from the world of sports, politics, music, TV, movies, notables and many other unique items.

“We really had great participation from our bidders, and we were able to surpass our expectations for our live and silent auction again this year,” stated Rebecca Tipton, a board member and the co-chairman of this year’s event along with Eddie Yokley.

Several bidders in attendance stated that they were always surprised at how the Boys & Girls Club was able to get so many different items. Many unique items were on display for sale as there was something for everyone at this year’s event.

Ted Bryant of co-title sponsor Summers Taylor and a Boys & Girls Club board member stated, “The Boys & Girls Club was very pleased with the generous bids received this year. Our success was due to the hard work of all the Boys & Girls Club staff, board and event volunteers that put this auction together. We are grateful to the members of our community that came and bid generously to make this event a huge success and all of the generous donors that help supply items for this event.”

This year’s event was title sponsored by Forward Air and Summers Taylor. The other major sponsors of this year’s event included: Stowers Machinery & Takoma Regional Hospital as the dinner sponsors, the bid tables were sponsored by Greeneville Federal Bank, the Greeneville Light & Power System, Landair, Meade Equipment, and Power Equipment. The Event Program was sponsored by Vulcan Materials.

The top selling item of the night was a Z625 Zero Turn Mower with 54-inch-high capacity deck, that was donated by John Deere Power Products that went for $5,500 to Horace Davis. A 2005 Chevy Trailblazer went for $2,300 and other top selling items included the following: a Greeneville Astros suite from South State Contractors; a Kenny Chesney autographed guitar from Tom Hopson and Big Time Beverage; a Snapper 200 Riding Lawn Mower, donated by Rick & Sandy Nienabor; Walt Disney World Tickets; a Wyndham Resort Vacation, donated by Dr. Daniel Lewis; Pioneer Place Cabin Vacation, donated by Mike & Lori Jones.

Scott Bullington, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club, stated that he wanted to thank the great board members of the Boys & Girls Club, the Celebrity Auction committee and the volunteers of his organization for pulling together this team effort that made the auction such a success. This year’s event ended up with the best net revenue that the Boys & Girls Club has ever achieved from a special event.

“We could not achieve our continued successes without the efforts of these individuals. We are very fortunate to have such a caring group to support our community’s youth,” stated Bullington. He added that Aly Collins, Cathy Osborne, Breshay Helton, Josh Swatzell, Sandy Nienabor, Lori Jones, Everette “Scottie” Scott and Ted Bryant were instrumental in helping the Club to acquire many of the auction items for this year’s event. He also stated that the organization was very fortunate to get so many items in the mail from celebrities across the country and beyond.

Laura Pendleton, a Club board member stated, “We are very grateful that the Boys & Girls Club is able to get items from so many businesses and notables and the great local and regional items that complement the auction. We could not have the event that we have without this most generous support.”

Eddie Yokley, Co-Chairman and a member of the Boys & Girls Club Board, expressed thanks to, “Scott Bullington, Cathy Osborne, Aly Collins, Cyerra Davis, Markeyla Helton Whitney Marshall, Breshay Helton, Dallas Malone, Phelan Story, and all the wonderful staff members of the Boys & Girls Club and also thanked the many volunteers that helped to make this year’s event a success.”

Eddie Yokley, Shane Carter, and Scott Wills volunteered as the evening’s auctioneers. Yokley also expressed thanks to the many volunteers that helped pull items and helped with the check out and to Chris Oldenberg and the entire Trinity United Methodist Kitchen Crew for the great food provided for the event.

Events such as the Celebrity Auction help to fund the local Boys & Girls Club activities and staffing. The school year membership at the Boys & Girls Club is $15 per child per school year and $160 for the entire summer program. The Boys & Girls Club is open to all school-age youth who reside in Greeneville and Greene County.

The Boys & Girls Club has various programs for youth development including: character and leadership development, arts, sports fitness and recreation, education and career development and health and life skills. The local Boys & Girls Club has received many state and local awards for its community involvement and youth development programs over the past few years and remains a leader in youth development for our community. The Boys & Girls Club serves many youth each year through its after-school and summer programs, school outreach projects and youth sports events.

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Directions to Trinity United Methodist Church

for Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Auction

Our Celebrity Auction is held at Trinity United Methodist Church located at 524 Tusculum Boulevard in Greeneville, Tennessee.
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