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Boys & Girls Club of SCV 'Rocks On!"

The 42nd annual benefit auction will net nearly $200,000 for club

Posted: June 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV, left, and Tony Newhall, auction founder, get into character at the 42nd benefit auction, "Rock On!"

If you looked carefully at the crowd at the 42nd annual Boys & Girls Club Benefit Auction you could spot Janis Joplin, Sonny and Cher, Jimi Hendrix (possibly twins?), Paul Stanley of Kiss (wait, was that Paula Stanley instead?), Bob Marley, Bret Michaels and Billy from ZZ Top.

Auction guests took the "Rock On!" theme and ran with it — donning wigs, colorful clothes and a variety of "shades." The event attracted more than 600 attendees who bid on hundreds of live and silent auction items to help the club net nearly $200,000.

"We’re still tallying up the income and expenses but it looks like the net is going to be close to $200,000 this year," said Gary Condie, immediate past president of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV Foundation. "We’re feeling pretty good about the outcome. This would mean we made budget."

Among the items that resulted in the fiercest bidding wars were the seven night St. Kitts Island getaway which went for $5,000; the 12-week old Maltese puppy which eventually fetched $4,500; a trip to Boston to the film set of "The Judge" featuring Robert Downy, Jr., brought in $5,000 and four Taylor Swift concert tickets that earned $3,750.

The second place bidder for the Taylor Swift concert was able to purchase another set of tickets to the concert for another $3,750, courtesy of ticket donors Todd and Karen Stevens.

A VIP "Full Throttle" "two-fer" was donated by Six Flags Magic Mountain which earned the club a total of $2,200.

Pat Tabarejo, of Stevenson Ranch, won the raffle which allowed her to chose any item from the auction catalog, she chose the 14-day Hawaiian Islands Princess Cruise. July Benson, vice president of public relations for Princess Cruises, quickly donated a second cruise which eager bidders ran up to $6,750 to benefit the club.

The head table for the 2014 auction was purchased for $10,000 by Shelley and G. Marshall Hann, Harold and Jacquie Petersen and Dianne and Wayne Crawford.

At the end of the auction the band Lee and Real Deal entertained guests with a variety of classic rock numbers as guests took to the dance floor.

"It was one of the best auctions we have had in a long time," said Condie. "I can’t imagine anyone who was there who won’t want to come back next year."


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