With everything from a glitzy Country Music Awards trip to a gourmet meal by the Clubhouse All-Stars, the items auctioned off at the Big Canoe Volunteer Fire Department’s Casino Night Fundraiser Gala generated plenty of excitement.
More importantly, they also generated $73,194 in net proceeds, with donations still coming in, says BCVFD Vice President Terry Stewart.
“This is the most successful fundraiser in BCVFD’s history, and perhaps in Big Canoe’s as well,” Stewart says. “Thanks to everyone’s boundless generosity and hard work, Big Canoe once again showed everyone what makes this community so special.”
The money raised at the Clubhouse gathering on April 29 will go toward renovating the Big Canoe Fire Department’s training center, the hub for prepping the department’s staff and volunteers. The BCVFD Board of Directors will work with Chief Ricky Jordan and the POA on the center’s design and renovation, with the goal of completing the project in 2023.
Some 181 sponsors, contributors or donors – all of whom are listed at BigCanoeVFD.org – helped the department exceed its goal. Billy Moody and Bob White won the two drawings for Royal Caribbean Cruise.
Essential to the event was the core planning team (Bob Tropfenbaum, Ken Bechely, Thelma Romeo, Suzanne Harman, Teri Sawyer, Joe Cano, Alice Eachus, Carl Yarbrough, Chief Jordan, Terry Stewart, Team Lead) involved in developing the theme, decorating colors, crafting and designing the slide presentations, writing the auction item descriptions, and other critical components. A special thanks to Angie Markey for the cupcakes.
With more than 230 attendees bidding on more than 150 silent and 14 live auction items, Property Owner Mark Newton played auctioneer for the evening. Many POA team members poured hour after hour into prepping, coordinating and breaking down the event, including Justin Bowers, IT Director; Carrie Scott, Director of Amenities; Executive Chef Michael Klein; Mihaela Hillhouse, Senior Food & Beverage Operations Manager; Kristen Stellmaker, Catering & Banquet Manager; the entire Clubhouse team; the POA Communications and Marketing team; General Manager Scott Auer for his unwavering support throughout the process; and Chief Jordan and his entire Public Safety staff.
“We want to thank all our supporters, from everyone in Big Canoe to the businesses in Pickens and Dawson counties,” says BCVFD President Bob Tropfenbaum. “The tireless efforts of so many individuals made this such a success.”
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