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Auction will be ‘Born to Be Wild’

Boys & Girls Club event will feature Harley-Davidson

Posted: March 3, 2010 10:18 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.

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Get your motors running, the 39th annual Benefit Auction for the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley promises to be a "Born to Be Wild" affair.

Jay and Ashley Thomas will co-chair the popular event, which will be held Saturday, June 12, at the Mann BioMedical Park in Valencia.

"There are a lot of events that go on out here in the SCV," said Jay Thomas, park president of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor. "We intend on continuing to be the number one SCV event."

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle has been donated to the auction, said Doug McGuire, general manager of Old Road Harley-Davidson located on Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita.

"It took us a long time for us to get located in the SCV, more than five years," said McGuire. "We are looking very much to being a part of this community."

The annual auction event is the cornerstone of fundraising for the club, which serves nearly 3,000 SCV youth.

The theme, "Born to Be Wild" was announced at the club's recent kick-off event held in the recreation area of the club's Newhall facility.

"When I started here I was told this event was responsible for 75 percent of the budget," said Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the club. "I was scared to death. But I found that the people who have worked this auction for years know what they are doing. It is the volunteers who really put this auction on year after year."

Ventress recognized Barbara Stearns Cochrane, who has worked the auction for 36 years.

The kickoff party emphasized the need for early donations of live and silent auction items.

Ventress urged the volunteers to obtain more than 500 items for the auction.

Anna Ott, president of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV Foundation, said the auction is an important event for the club.

"We really need the community support to make this a success," said Ott.

Dawn Coupe, a longtime employee of the club, was given a fond farewell during the kickoff event. She recently resigned from the club and moved to a new job.

For more information on the auction contact the Boys & Girls Club of SCV Foundation, (661) 254-3063, www.scvboysandgirlsclub.org.

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