Christian County YMCA to Hold 26th Annual Auction
Pictured (left to right); Rick and Leanne Bonitzer, 2014 YMCA Auction Chairpersons
The 26th Annual YMCA Auction, “Getting Our Ducks in a Row” has been scheduled for Friday, November 14th at the Stonington American Legion. The Christian County YMCA is proud to announce Rick and Leanne Bonitzer as Chairpersons of the 2014 YMCA Auction.
Rick and Leanne, along with their three children live in Taylorville and have been proud members of the YMCA for many years. Leanne grew up in this community and has been part of the YMCA since she was a child; participating in youth sports leagues, camps, recreational activities, fitness programming and has volunteered with several fundraising efforts. Rick also enjoys the amenities of the YMCA and can usually be found on the racquetball court or working out in the wellness center. Their children get the most from the YMCA's offerings by being active participants in youth sports programs, swim lessons and playing in the family aquatic center. "Having a facility like the YMCA is great for our community. It provides a great outlet for activity during the long winter months and many great activities for all ages and fitness levels,” said Leanne Bonitzer. The Bonitzers recognize and are appreciative of the YMCA’s ability to positively impact the community; truly making Taylorville a great place to live. "Any organization whose focus is on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility is one that we can stand behind and commit our time to," said Leanne. "We believe that education, opportunities to participate and the positive environment help children succeed and communities thrive. The YMCA is an asset that is providing opportunities to all community members and Christian County should be very proud to have such an organization."
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend the YMCA Auction; invitations will be mailed to past attendees on October 6th and a general invitation will be in the newspaper later in October. Reservations for this sell-out event are encouraged by November 3rd with seating available for up to eight individuals per table. Admission is $65 per person; coat and tie requested. The evening begins at 5:30pm with silent auctions opening and an array of complimentary Hors d’oeuvres, champagne and beverages. A catered dinner is served at 7:00pm, followed by a welcome from the Auction Co-Chairpersons and live auction led by Lance Walker of Memphis, Tennessee. An open bar and refreshments are available throughout the evening. For those unable to attend the Auction, approximately twenty items will be available for on-line bidding; the website will be included in the weekly Sponsor and Donor ads.
The Christian County YMCA Auction is a fundraising event with proceeds going to offset operating expenses, subsidize pricing of membership and program fees and provide financial assistance for those who qualify. In 2013, the YMCA provided $87,506 in direct assistance to children and families in Christian County.