Saturday’s 38th Annual Boys & Girls Club Super Auction was one for the record books.
The stated goal for this year’s Super Auction was $76,000. By the time the super auction was over, the proceeds totaled almost $125,000. A final total was pending concessions sales, and gift shop sales.
The club raised more than $100,000 for the fifth time in six years.
“It was a team effort,” Club Executive Director John Seals said. “It’s unbelievable. When they give me those tally sheets, I’ll have a pretty close guesstimate of how much we made.”
Seals, who recently celebrated his 25th employment anniversary at the Boys & Girls Club, was cautiously optimistic about this year’s auction.
“This is our 38th year and you never know how it will go,” he said. “I’m always cautiously optimistic. I worry and pray hard about it. It takes a village to raise kids. Between our board volunteers who lead and direct and raise the dollars through their tentacles to create relationships to the club, the staff who work directly with the kids, the supporters who donate items, people who pray for us, it takes a lot of people to make this work.”
A playhouse built by the workers at Clayton Homes in Rutledge sold for $3,200. It was delivered to the club on Friday night.
“The lady who bought it is the headmaster at All Saints’ School,” Seals said.
A surprise addition to the super auction was a trip to Destin, Florida.
“My wife’s first cousin had just bought a house on the beach,” Seals said. “He lives in Knoxville. His dad, my wife’s uncle, was here today and he texted my wife and asked if it was too late to give this. That was an incredible gift.”
The trip went for $2,900.
For the third consecutive year, a Duke University basketball signed by Coach Mike Krzyzewski donated to the family of Chris Statzer. Statzer was employed by the Boys & Girls Club as program director for a short time when he was diagnosed with cancer. His son wanted go to Coach K’s basketball camp.
“Chris and I went to church together,” Seals said. “Gene Whaley had left the Boys & Girls Club to go to Kingswood Home for Children. I hired Chris to replace him. Chris came to work the first of the year and found out three months later that he had cancer. Since he was going through cancer, he was going to Duke to be treated.”
Duke found out about Chris’ situation and invited Chris’ youngest son, John, to basketball camp.
Closer to basketball season, Coach K asked for a private session with Rebecca, Chris’ widow.
“He met with the family one-on-one,” Seals said. “He signed the basketball and she brought it back for the first auction.”
After that first auction, the high bidder gave the ball back to the Statzer family. The basketball was auctioned a year later and, you guessed it, it was given back to the family.
It was auctioned for the third time on Saturday, bringing $2,200. It was given back to the Statzer family once again.
“It’s become kind of a traditional thing,” Seals said. “We have raised more than $4,000 with that basketball.”
“Coach K loved on the family,” Seals said. “I don’t think he knew that she was going to give it to the club. It’s a cool story.”
Four plots of property, including two lots in Hampton West Subdivision near Merchants Greene, totaled $28,750.
The outdoor portion of the auction included two riding lawn mowers, 11 vehicles and a fishing boat with trailer raised more than $20,000.
Seals was quick to thank the community for their support.
“I would really like to thank everyone, from the donor, to those who attended, those who volunteered to work here, and who played any part, and those who prayed for us. God had his hand in this,” he said.
“People who are in the audience want to see the children do well and help provide for the club. The cool thing is that the club has been around for more than 60 years. You have people who have been board members for 20 to 40 years. You have club members in the audience who buy items because they know what the club meant to them. People who help are part of that family,” Seals said.