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Bids for Kids raises $25,000 for Boys & Girls Club

February 3, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — People looking at their phones Friday night at the Aquarius Pavilion weren’t showing a lack of interest in the Bids for Kids Auction taking place in the room.

On the contrary, it indicated an increased interest in one or more of the items up for bid.

The 28th edition of the event included the debut of a new bidding system, which allowed attendees to place bids via text message or a personalized bidding site for each ticket holder.

The winning bidder could also use his or her phone to pay for the item, or to make a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the Colorado River, the beneficiary of the evening.

Club CEO Autumn Boyle-Robinson said the change was to address the biggest hassle previous attendees reported, checking in and out.

Instructions on the bidding system were placed on tables, and the ballroom floor was dotted with attendants who could help out anyone having trouble with the process.

Dana Beadle of Fort Mohave said it’s an improvement.

“I love it,” she said. “You don’t have to keep going up and writing your name, and not everybody knows who’s bidding on what.”

Anyone who bid on an item got a notification if a higher bid came in, and could top it with a couple of clicks.

“Hopefully, it will drive the prices up,” said Tennille Scuncio, who went to Mohave High School and attended with a sister who still lives in the area.

Scuncio said she accepted the possibility of losing out on an item if someone bid more, because that would mean more money for the club.

At the start of the event, Boyle-Robinson didn’t talk about a fundraising goal, but said she was “open to breaking records.”

She proved prophetic, as the event garnered more than $25,000 to support club programs. Two businesses agreed to pay for 300 club scholarships each, at a cost of $25 per child.

“Holy moly, I think I might cry,” Boyle-Robinson said after the scholarship auction was completed. “I love you all.”

The event’s two main phases were live and silent auctions. Items up for bids included sports memorabilia, home goods, certificates for services, concert tickets, resort stays, toys, gift baskets and artwork.

The evening had a sports theme — as expected for an event timed near the Super Bowl. Available sports items included autographed athlete photographs, signed jerseys and cleats, youth golf clubs and baseballs signed by Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and Nolan Ryan.

The evening also included a buffet dinner and a 50-50 drawing. The winner of the latter, Bressman Construction, donated its $1,465 share to the Boys & Girls Club.

“This community is absolutely amazing,” auctioneer Bruce Clark said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Boyle-Robinson announced two big changes for the club. It hopes to have its new teen center up and running by summer, she said, and it expects to soon have a permanent location in Fort Mohave.

The teen center, Boyle-Robinson said, is a needed space that can cater to the needs of older children, who are currently mixed in with kids as young as 5 and 6. She said the center will provide homework help and space for movies or other entertainment, along with workforce-readiness training and tips on safe driving.

She said money raised at the action would support all the club’s programs.

“I want to thank you all for believing in the kids of this community,” Boyle-Robinson told the crowd in her closing address.

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