The 2015 En Gedi auction set new records in attendance and funds earned last Friday, March 20, during the non-profit organization’s annual and only fundraiser held at the Cedar Springs High School cafeteria.
The evening started with gourmet appetizers and dessert being served while the approximate 120 attendees visited and browsed the wide variety of items on the silent auction tables. At 7 p.m., auctioneer Kelly from Art Smith Auctioneer began to close bids on each table with a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm.
Trey Reed and Ellen Pike managed the Plinko game while others sold raffle tickets for a new television.
There was a short presentation sharing the En Gedi highlights from the youth center, high school 5th quarter activities, and community events over the last year. Volunteers and Youth Center Director Craig Owens and Assistant Director Joseph Gross were recognized and thanked for their leadership.
They also debuted a recently created DVD showing what the 6-8th grade students liked about the free after-school program held at Red Hawk Elementary School.
Then, the auctioneer conducted a segment allowing attendees to sponsor a “student-for-a-year,” which brought in $3,880.
This was followed by a live auction of 10 specialty items allowing bidders to compete for the prize.
The total amount earned at the auction was approximately $45,000, which includes corporate sponsorship from CS Manufacturing.
“We have a tremendous group of caring business professionals and community members who again came out in support of the En Gedi mission to serve the youth and build families within Cedar Springs,” said En Gedi Board Member and Event Co-chair Kevin Pike. “This is the 4th year of this event. This year’s outcome certainly exceeded our expectations. We will now be able to continue our services and expand on some opportunities. Our entire En Gedi Team would like thank everyone who so graciously donated to and attended the event as well as those who mailed cash donations,” he said.