BULLHEAD CITY – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River’s (BGGCR) biggest annual fund-raiser, Fiesta, raised more than $75,000 for its programs on July 15. Held at Edgewater Casino, the event featured a silent auction, a southwestern buffet, a live band (Gigbutt) and a margarita mix-off.
The margarita mix was a huge success. Every booth was outstanding, with Desert Lawn’s spooky décor being voted Best Booth. Dirty Tequila won Best Rocks, Aquarius/Edgewater won Best Non-Alcoholic and Sunrise Rotary took home the Best Blended and People’s Choice – again! Rounding out the competition was Ra Power, Grace Fusion Power, Laughlin Ranch Golf Club and The New Pioneer.
Where does the money go? Glad you asked! The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River encompasses five clubs that provide after-school programs, summer day camps and youth sports. The funds will be added to the organization’s general coffer with “who-gets-what” conversations for another day.
Big shout-out to local businesses that stepped up with funds, in-kind donations and items for the auction. “Sponsors include Findlay Auto, Premier Executives, Swanty’s, S&S Concrete, Security National Mortgage, Cameron Broadcasting, Murphy Broadcasting, Advanced Animal Care, US Bank, Western Arizona Regional Medical center (WARMC), Baron Services, Precise Builders, AriZona, DOT Foods, TWN Communications, Mohave Storage and Redmond Construction,” said Ellen Boyle, bpoard member of the Colorado River Women’s Council. The more than 200 silent-auction items illustrates local-business owners’ philanthropy. Food, which was a taco buffet, was sponsored by WARMC and Mohave Storage. You’re all appreciated!
Gigbutt provided the entertainment; they started strong and kept going. Although I didn’t get on the dance floor, it certainly called me! Confession: As a lifelong seamstress, it was a joy to see so many people out and dressed up!
A lot of work goes into these things, and BGCCR wouldn’t be able to execute this event without their green-shirted volunteers, who had likely already put in a full day of setting up tables and chairs, displaying auction items, decorating tables and more. Did I mention there were more than 800 attendees?
Earlier in the week, the region lost Robert “Bob” Swartzman, who had been a BGCCR board member for almost 20 years. “We announced the football field in Fort Mohave will be named the Bob Swartzman Memorial Field,” said Autumn Boyle-Robinson, CEO of BGCCR. The softball field at Mohave High School is named for his late wife, Denise. One of his daughters, Stacy Sanderson, was in attendance and recalled her father’s willingness to help and support the BGCCR.
“I can’t say enough about our sponsors, margarita makers, guests and donors for making this such a successful event for our kids,” said CEO Autumn Boyle-Robinson.