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.