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Auction a ‘Thriller’ in Valencia

Fundraiser: Goal of $250,000 for Boys & Girls Club of SCV is in reach

Posted: June 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.

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Zombies, Egyptians, disco queens, Madonna-look-alikes, preppies and big-hair mental rockers. It was a blast to the past Saturday night, when more than 1,000 guests and volunteers attended the 40th annual benefit auction for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley. The auction theme was “Thriller: A flashback to the 80s.”

Tony and Reena Newhall served as auction chairs. The couple founded the auction in 1972, and served as the chairs of the first Boys & Girls Club auction.

The evening began as zombies appeared from seemingly nowhere to dance among the tables to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The dancers, from Dance Studio 84, made their way to the stage as the audience applauded in approval.

Another group of young Studio 84 dancers followed with “Walk Like an Egyptian,” followed by professional dancers Willy Arroyo and Ingrid Blanco.

A short dance break followed with guests from the head and front tables taking the dance floor to popular dance music from the 80s.

Gary Condie, Boys & Girls Club Foundation president, said preliminary figures indicate the auction will reach its goal of $250,000.

“This auction is so important for the club,” Condie said. “We’re very excited the community came out and showed its support for the club.”

C.R. “Bob” Hudson won the $100 a ticket raffle which allowed him to choose any auction item from the catalogue.
Hudson chose a 14-day Hawaiian islands cruise donated by Princess Cruises.

“I’m taking my wife to Hawaii,” he said.

Among the biggest ticket items at the auction was the head table for the 2012 auction.

The table was purchased for $12,000 by Don and Cheri Fleming of Valencia Acura.

“We want to help the Boys & Girls Club,” Don Fleming said. “It’s also a great event.”

Cheri Fleming said the Boys & Girls Club is important to the SCV.

“We really need to support kids in the SCV,” she said.

The event returned to an indoor location after several years at the Mann BioMedical Park in Valencia.

Jacquie Petersen echoed many of the attendees when she said she was happy the auction had returned indoors.

“This is an awesome auction — look at how beautiful this room looks,” she said. “I am in great hopes that everyone will spend as much as they possible can for our Boys & Girls Club.”

Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club, thanked the attendees for “coming out and showing your support for the kids.”

Bonnie Rabjohn, president of Six Flags Magic Mountain, said she was pleased that the park and its partner companies were able to auction items in support of the club.

“We really believe in giving kids a chance,” Rabjohn said. “The Boys & Girls Club is one of the best organizations in the SCV. We really want to thank all the vendors of Six Flags that joined with us to support the Boys & Girls Club. It’s a real tribute to the club.”

News media personality and Saugus resident Rick Chambers served as the master of ceremonies, with Mark Schenfeld of Stokes Auction Group performing the duties of the auctioneer.

The auction included more than 60 live and hundreds of silent auction items. The evening didn’t end with the closing of the bid boards or the live auction, the dance floor soon was jammed with individuals learning the Electric Slide from Reena Newhall, followed by an evening of dancing to music from the 80s.

The Boys & Girls Club of SCV serves more than 2,500 SCV youth providing a safe place for children to stay after school.

For information about the club visit www.scvbgc.org.

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