Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County held its 8th Annual Dream Makers Dinner & Auction on Friday evening at Puckett’s Downtown Columbia. This year was their biggest annual fundraiser, breaking all prior records.
The evening began with a cocktail hour and Cord Martin's jazz band, followed by dinner, a silent auction and an exciting live auction conducted by auctioneer Eddie Ables. Don and Eva James Crichton were awarded for their many years of dedication to the Club.
County commissioner for the 2nd District, Eric Previti, who acted as the MC of the evening, kept the audience entertained by changing into seven different suits throughout the evening. Expounding on his role as MC, he said, "When Robyn asked me to be the MC, I asked her, 'What do I do?' She told me to make a joke or two, and tell my story. Well I don't know a lot of jokes, but I can be entertaining. My father was a tailor, so I grew up around clothes. I have 50+ suits and sport coats. I got out a handful of them and decided to go 'Hollywood Award show' with the evening, by changing outfits every time I got on stage."
On a more serious note, Previti added, "I'm a huge supporter for the group. 74% of the members are from single parent homes. My father died when I was 14. I did not have a Boys and Girls Club to go to, so I understand fully what an impact the club has done for the youth in Maury County."
Board member Michael Fulbright served as the chair of the 2018 Dinner Auction Committee. "Our Board of Directors worked hard to ensure this year's event was a huge success, and I am grateful to the entire community for their support of our youth through the 2018 Dream Makers Dinner Auction,” Michael said. “By supporting the Club, you are making dreams come true for kids in Maury County, so thank you."
Eddie Ables conducted a lively and exciting auction that saw record-breaking numbers for the Club. Among this year’s big ticket auction items was a 2019 GMC Acadia Denali, donated by Parks Motor Sales, that went for $17,000. Three hours of live jazz, donated by local musicians Cord Martin, Kenny Anderson Jr. (also Club staff) and John Wesley Anderson, was sold twice for $4,000 each. An adorable 8-week old black English Labrador donated by Five Oaks Kennel went for $1,400.
Don and Eva James Crichton were honored as this year’s recipients of the Ora J. Thompson Service Award, in honor of their generous support of the Club. Dr. Eslick Daniel presented the award.
“Don and Eva James Crichton have been long-time champions of the Club and our mission to help make sure all youth in Maury County have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” Club CEO Robyn Peery said.
“We are so grateful for all their support of our kids. They have brought in new resources, advocated for the Club, recruited new supporters, and volunteered countless hours of their time. They were particularly instrumental over the past two years in helping the Club grow to be able to open 11 new school-based sites and secure additional resources to serve the needs of every school and community in the county. We are so excited to recognize them as this year's Ora Thompson Award honorees."
The annual Dream Makers Dinner & Auction is attended by 300 business and community leaders, and has sold out the past four years.