The 24th annual Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri auction is just around the corner, and the staff is making final preparations for Saturday’s big event.
“We’re pretty much down to making last edits to the catalog, last minute preparation type stuff,” said Matt LaCasse, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist. “Thursday at noon we’ll start setting up. From Thursday at noon through late Friday night, we’ll be setting up. Then we’ll have last minute preparations Saturday, and doors open at 5 p.m. We’re in the home stretch.”
In addition to artwork from each of the Club sites and several other one-of-a-kind pieces of professional art, including a piece from former Sedalia resident Larry Thomas, LaCasse said there is a dining experience package on the auction block that could entice those in attendance.
“We got a Kansas City dining experience, where you eat at a few restaurants, some of them on the plaza,” LaCasse said. “There’s also a hotel room for them at the Marriott on the plaza. We’re excited about that, it should be a great time for people.”
There will also be four tickets to a Cubs vs. Cardinals game at Wrigley Field, and a few opportunities to attend a dinner hosted by a Sedalia resident, such as former Clubs Executive Director Brett Barth-Fagan, which LaCasse said tend to be popular items.
Nominees for the Pink Flamingo award, which recognizes those who give back to the Sedalia community, are also working to gain votes for themselves and dollars for the Clubs, as a $1 donation equals one vote for your favorite candidate.
This year’s nominees include Sue Heckart, of Heckart Funeral Home, Sarah Nail, of State Fair Community College, and Bob Satnan, Communications Director for the Sedalia School District 200. The trio has had about a month to campaign, and while online voting ends Friday, those attending the auction can also vote at the event.
Social media has played a big part in the Pink Flamingo race, as well as simple word-of-mouth marketing. Satnan decided to step outside the box and host a chili cook-off this past Saturday, with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs, but it was canceled due to weather conditions.
Nail said she’s mostly used word of mouth to gain votes, and her family and friends have spread the word using Facebook. Whether or not she claims the prize on Saturday, Nail said she’s looking forward to having a fun night at the auction itself, as she’s never attended the auction before due to scheduling conflicts with family functions.
“I’ve asked family and friends to vote, I haven’t done any big events,” Nail said. “Most of those people that I’ve asked to contribute would be first-time contributors to the Club, which I think is a neat thing. And I’ve got quite a few who are attending the auction for the first time as well, so we’re looking forward to having a good time at that event.”
Since voting doesn’t end until the night of the auction, there aren’t any final numbers yet, but LaCasse said the award has continued to be a popular aspect of the event.
“I know (the candidates) are doing really well. There’s been a lot of interest in Pink Flamingo again this year,” LaCasse said. “I think it’s a pretty tight race. I don’t know exactly what the numbers are, but it’s a very close race right now. We’re excited to see what’s going to happen Saturday.”
“An Evening of Heart & Hope” will take place Saturday at the MEC Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Free valet parking will be available. Tickets are no longer available online or at the Club office, but they can be purchased for $60 per person at the door.
For more information, visit bgckids.com or call 826-8331.