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Boysville Hosts Wildly Magical Auction Featuring Penn & Teller
Boysville’s 55th Annual Wildly Magical Auction in the West, presented by WellMed and the WellMed Foundation, is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 17, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Stars at Night Ballroom. The event will be live again this year after moving online in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With sold out runs on Broadway, world tours, Emmy-winning TV specials, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and hundreds of outrageous guest appearances on everything from Fallon to Friends, The Simpsons to Colbert, Modern Family to Big Bang Theory; the magic of famed Las Vegas entertainers, Penn & Teller, highlights the evening emceed by local personality Chuck Cureau. Alamo city jazz musician Michael Alanis will entertain guests prior to the spellbinding magic performance of Penn & Teller.
“This is our largest fundraising event,” says Beth Green, Boysville’s chief development officer. “Every bit of money raised at this event goes right back to Boysville for the recreation, education and therapeutic needs of our kids. If you can’t attend, there are still many ways the public can support this event through either auction bidding, raffle or direct donations.”
In keeping with city mandated safety precautions, the event will be limited to 50 tables, or 500 guests. The public is invited to bid on auction items online beginning September 6; to view and to enter your bid visit www.boysvilletexas.org.
Now in its 55th year, the auction had humble beginnings. According to Green, it started in the barn on Boysville’s campus when livestock and chickens were sold to raise funds. About 20 years ago, the event moved off campus and has continued growing since, with approximately 65 volunteers working to make the event happen.
Each year Boysville cares for over 300 boys and girls on its campus. Boysville provides transitional housing and support to young adults who are exiting the foster care system. Former Boysville resident, Shaun Billings, CEO of IAQ Experts – a cleaning service specializing in indoor air quality solutions – will share his story as part of the evening program.
Other highlights of the evening include the Chicken Coop Raffle for which only 200 tickets at $100 each will be sold. Winners can choose from up to 10 items valued at $250 or more. Green encourages the public to donate for that raffle as well as the silent auction. Sponsorships from a “Date Night Table for Two” for $500, $3,000 to $10,000 are still available, and donations are also encouraged to the Funds for the Future Campaign which goes toward underwriting the educational needs of Boysville residents – even through college.
To become a sponsor or donate to Boysville, contact Beth Green via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-659-1901.
BOYSVILLE has been providing a safe, family environment for children in need since 1943. Today, Boysville provides a continuum of trauma-informed services and care for children and caregivers affected by abuse, neglect and family crisis. Through holistic wrap-around services, each child is provided the opportunity to heal from past trauma while focusing on their future.