Boys and Girls Club Super Auction set for Aug. 10

The 38th Annual Super Auction is set to take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

This year’s Boys and Girls Club of Morristown’s Super Auction is starting with a van.

The 38th Annual Super Auction is set to take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The club’s annual fundraiser was recently kicked off with a donation of a utility van by long-time supporter Terry Brimer.

“We truly appreciate Terry for helping us kickoff this year’s event and get the ball rolling,” said Executive Director John Seals.

In about a month the club grounds on Sulphur Springs Road will be transformed into a festival-like auction house with live auctioneers to raise money to support the club’s deserving members.

“Our auction is almost like a homecoming of sorts where former and current members along with long-time supporters and volunteers come together for one cause – to raise money for the club,” Seals said.

This year’s Super Auction goal is set at $76,000. The proceeds from the annual fundraiser go toward the operating costs of running the facility. Costs include utilities, insurance, staff salaries and general supplies.

The daily expenses required to run an organization that keeps more than 1,700 children involved in dozens of daily activities and programs are enormous. So, the Super Auction is key in raising the funds necessary to support those expenses.

“This is our largest annual fundraiser,” Seals said. “We have been so fortunate over the years to receive support from lots of local individuals, businesses and companies. Those who would like to support the club can donate an item or a service, make a cash contribution, donate a gift certificate or just be a prayer warrior for us.”

The Super Auction Committee is made up of members of the club’s board of directors. Ritchie Broyles will serve as the lead auctioneer. Leroy Royston and Scott Shafer will head up the effort to encourage local car dealerships to donate vehicles that provide some of the most exciting live auction moments of the day. Other committee members include David Wild, Logan Wild, Rudy Abate, Leigh Sempkowski, Jeremy Menees and Link Gibbons.

“We are so thankful and grateful to all of our board members who spend countless hours, both at the club and out in the community to rally support for our organization,” Seals said.

Programming at the club includes fun activities such as swimming and basketball, educational programs like after-school tutoring, computer training, arts programming, family events, providing meals and snacks throughout the year and more.

“We are asking the community for your support again this year. Please consider making a contribution to support the deserving kids we serve. It truly takes a village to support our kids,” Seals added.

Those wishing to donate, call 423-586-2331, 423-586-2334 or email bgcm@musfiber.com. Pick up service is available.

The Boys and Girls Club of Morristown is a participating agency of the United Way of Hamblen County.