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2017 Highlight Video

Check out all the greatest moments from this year’s  Rally and Auction.  From spirited decor to tailgate food to a referee auctioneer everything about this evening was created with football in mind.  On top of the great time, our community raised $190,000+ for our two favorite non-profit organizations – Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend and EDCO (Economic Development for Central Oregon).

$190,000+ Raised

BEND, Ore. – November 17, 2016 – Last week Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) teamed up to host the Second Annual Civil War Rally & Auction, raising more than $190,000+ to support our kids, our families and economic opportunities for all. The event, held at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes, brought business leaders, parents, community members, coaches, players, and alumni together for a night of spirited rivalry and fundraising in support of the two non-profits.

 

EDCO and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend believe that successful economic development begins with healthy families and kids. The foundation of healthy families is gainful employment. Together, they form a strong partnership that fulfills the promise of a thriving community. BGCB’s youth development programs ensure that the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow.

 

With the help of sponsors, volunteers, staff, partners, talent, donors, and more than 400 attendees, the Riverhouse on the Deschutes was transformed into a football stadium, complete with the energy and excitement of the Civil War game. Event highlights included almost 200 live and silent auction items, gourmet tailgating food, referee auctioneers, on-field announcers and sportscasters, field turf and sponsor box seats, Summit High School Pep Band, emcee Bob Grim, ex-NFL and Oregon State football player, and appearances by Pat Casey, head baseball coach for Oregon State, and Brent Haberly, University of Oregon linebacker (2002-2006).

 

“It’s wonderful to see our organizations and the community come together for the second year in a row to make this event such a huge success,” said Roger Lee, Executive Director for EDCO. “Thanks to everyone who sponsored, volunteered and attended. This is truly a joint venture.”

 

“As an organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend could not be more excited about this continued partnership with EDCO,” said Derek Beauvais, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend. “And, the support from the community has been amazing. We look forward to making year three even bigger and better next November!”

 

About the Partnership
Successful economic development creates a strong base of middle class jobs and a diverse, stable economy. It also begins with healthy families and kids who have the support they need to secure careers and pursue their education. Together, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) form a natural partnership that fulfills this promise of a thriving community.

 

The BGCB provides parents with quality, affordable youth development programs after school and all summer long so they can go to work confident their kids are in a safe positive and caring environment where they can learn and grow. Boys & Girls Clubs’ academic success and career readiness programs are preparing the next generation for higher education as well as the nation’s workforce. It is a long-term investment and one that ensures the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow.

 

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) seeks to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. At their two locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend offers youth ages 5-18 life-changing programs, focusing on Academic SuccessHealthy Lifestyles and Character & Citizenship. For more information, visit www.bgcbend.org.

 

About Economic Development for Central Oregon

Celebrating its 35th year, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region, helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses, and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

 

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Media Contacts

Derek Beauvais, Executive Director

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend

541.617.2877 x10

dbeauvais@bgcbend.org

 

Natalie Dent, Marketing & Communications Manager

EDCO

541.388.3236 x6

natalie@edcoinfo.com

$171,000 Raised!

BEND, Ore. – November 5, 2015 – Last night Economic Development for Central Oregon(EDCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) teamed up to host the First Annual Civil War Rally & Auction, raising $171,000 for BGCB’s youth development programs as well as Central Oregon’s long-term economic health and prosperity. The event, held at the Riverhouse Convention Center, brought business leaders, parents, community members, and alumni together for a night of friendly rivalry and fun in support of the two local non-profits.

EDCO and BGCB believe that successful economic development begins with healthy families and kids. Together, they formed a strong partnership that fulfills the promise of a thriving community. Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend’s youth development programs ensure that the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow.

With the help of sponsors, partners and countless volunteers, the Riverhouse Convention Center was transformed into a stadium-like setting, complete with the energy and excitement of the Civil War football game between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. Event highlights included 150 silent and live auction items, a gourmet tailgating menu, referee auctioneers, on field announcers and sportscasters, field turf and Box Seats, the Summit High School marching band, and cheerleaders from OSU.

“I am proud of what our two organizations were able to accomplish with this event in its first year,” said Roger Lee, Executive Director for EDCO. “We are thankful to everyone who came together to make it happen and those who helped us raise funds to build a stronger economy in Central Oregon.”

“As an organization, we cannot overstate how excited we are to be part of such an incredible event,” said Derek Beauvais, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend. “Central Oregon rallied together to support the kids and families in our area and the funds raised last night will go a long way in helping to build a stronger community.”

About the Partnership
Successful economic development creates a strong base of middle class jobs and a diverse, stable economy. It also begins with healthy families and kids who have the support they need to secure careers and pursue their education. Together, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) form a natural partnership that fulfills this promise of a thriving community.

The BGCB provides parents with quality, affordable youth development programs after school and all summer long so they can go to work confident their kids are in a safe, positive and caring environment where they can learn and grow. Boys & Girls Clubs’ academic success and career readiness programs are preparing the next generation for higher education as well as the nation’s workforce. It is a long-term investment and one that ensures the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow. Learn more at www.civilwarrally.com.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) seeks to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. At their two locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend offers youth ages 5-18 life-changing programs, focusing on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Character & Citizenship. Learn more at www.bgcbend.org.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon

Founded in 1981, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a non-profit corporation, supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region, helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses, and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. Learn more at www.edcoinfo.com.

Highlight Video

Check out all the greatest moments from this year’s  Rally and Auction.  From spirited decor to tailgate food to a referee auctioneer everything about this evening was created with football in mind.  On top of the great time, our community raised $171,000 for our two favorite non-profit organizations – Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend and EDCO (Economic Development for Central Oregon).

The Event

EDCO AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS TEAM UP AGAIN FOR CIVIL WAR RALLY & AUCTION

Second Annual Event to Support the Missions of Both Organizations

BEND, Ore. – September 14, 2016 – Just weeks before the Ducks and Beavers face off in Corvallis, Ore., Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) will team up again to host the Second Annual Civil War Rally & Auction at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes. On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, from 5-9 p.m., the rally will bring business leaders, parents, community members, and alumni together in friendly rivalry to support BGCB’s youth development programs as well as Central Oregon’s long-term economic health and prosperity.

“It was an excellent first year event for EDCO and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend, raising $171,000,” said Roger Lee, Executive Director for EDCO. “We continue to raise the bar on events and believe this year will be even better.”

The event is modeled after a similar Civil War auction held in Salem for the past 12 years that benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties. Last year, the Salem auction raised over $400,000 for their youth development programs and initiatives. That kind of success is what led the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend and EDCO to bring something similar to Central Oregon in 2015.

The partnership is a natural one for these two like-minded organizations. Both non-profits believe that successful economic development begins with healthy families and kids. Together, they form a strong partnership that fulfills the promise of a thriving community. Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend’s youth development programs ensure that the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow.

“Last year, this event drew a much younger audience than typically attends local fundraisers and brought many new supporters to both organizations,” said Derek Beauvais, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend. “We think the fun Civil War game theme, free childcare, high energy, and casual atmosphere appealed to a different demographic.”

The Civil War Rally isn’t your ordinary auction. The Riverhouse on the Deschutes will be transformed into a stadium-like setting, complete with the energy and excitement of the Civil War football game. Event highlights include:

  • More than 150 silent and live auction items
  • Mobile bidding, allowing attendees to track bids and set max bids from their mobile devices
  • Gourmet tailgating menu
  • Referee auctioneer
  • On field announcers
  • Kid’s Rally (free on-site childcare)

The Civil War Rally & Auction will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, from 5-9 p.m. at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend. For more information, visit www.civilwarrally.com. To purchase tickets, visit the event registration page.

About the Partnership
Successful economic development creates a strong base of middle class jobs and a diverse, stable economy. It also begins with healthy families and kids who have the support they need to secure careers and pursue their education. Together, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) form a natural partnership that fulfills this promise of a thriving community.

The BGCB provides parents with quality, affordable youth development programs after school and all summer long so they can go to work confident their kids are in a safe positive and caring environment where they can learn and grow. Boys & Girls Clubs’ academic success and career readiness programs are preparing the next generation for higher education as well as the nation’s workforce. It is a long-term investment and one that ensures the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) seeks to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. At their two locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend offers youth ages 5-18 life-changing programs, focusing on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Character & Citizenship. For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend, visit www.bgcbend.org.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon

Celebrating its 35th year, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region, helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses, and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.