Dinner auction raises record funds press release
DINNER-AUCTION RAISES RECORD INCOME TO FUND CHARITABLE GIVING
The April 9, 2016 dinner-auction sponsored by Caring Clowns International raised a record $21,600, money which will be used to support the organization’s ongoing charitable events.
“We’re delighted that the community came out and supported this event, “said Sheila “Sparkles” Walters, a Caring Clowns International Board member and dinner-auction volunteer. The event was held at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington.
In addition to a silent auction, bidders used over-sized white Clown hands when placing bids during the live auction, which added to the fun of the evening. Live auction items included VIP concert tickets, a trip to Mexico and handmade wooden benches.
Members of Caring Clowns International who attended the event were all in clown costumes and make up and the pristine white table clothes were accented with vibrant red, yellow and blue napkins.
Jed “Duffy” Selter President of the Board and Acting Executive Director of Caring Clowns International opened the evening with a short presentation explaining the charitable nonprofit organization and its involvement in clowning around the world and how the group responsibly donates to organizations in the U.S. and developing countries to help needy children.
Over 80 community businesses donated items or cash to help increase the proceeds from the event. In addition, the organization wishes to thank Blue Sky Printing who graciously donated the printing of the program booklets, Mimi Smith-Danielson of Little City Catering who came out of retirement to lend her support of the event, and Donna Etchey of the North Kitsap Herald for helping to promote the event.
Thanks to the money raised at this year’s auction, Caring Clowns International has now donated over $302,000 in funds and equipment.
For more information on the organization, visit www.caringclownsinternational.org
Caring Clowns International is an all-volunteer, IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization comprised of clowns across the U.S. and several other countries. These clowns donate their time at over 80 events internationally and across the U.S. including orphanages, children’s and other hospitals, events for homeless children and adults, residences for abused women and children, schools for the disabled, retirement centers, VA hospitals, events for kids with down syndrome and disabilities, and children whose parents are in prisons and correctional facilities, community events and private parties.
Members have clowned and supported nonprofits operating in Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic, England, Ethiopia, France, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda, the Ukraine, Vietnam, and throughout the United States. Thousands of children and adults have received red clown noses, balloon sculptures, toys and stuffed animals.
The organization’s goal is to raise and responsibly donate $5,000,000 to help needy children in the world. To date, Caring Clowns International has donated over $302,000 in funds and equipment supporting many nonprofits in the U.S. and developing countries.