WWW Family YMCA Charity Auction

Community auction raises thousands for Strong Kids

February 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

by ELDON KORSON The Wolverine World Wide (WWW) headquarters in Rockford was seeing some night life last Friday evening, Jan. 21, at the third annual WWW Family YMCA charity auction for their Strong Kids campaign. Servers slipped between a mass of attendees in a wing of the main building’s lower level assembled not for the free food, but to raise $39,000 toward a goal of $130,000 this year for the overarching program. The money will go to fund YMCA scholarships helping kids in the Rockford and Belmont areas find many ways to get healthier and have a good time. They can become Y members and participate in programs like family nights, water safety and youth leadership, and day camps to “build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” Why? The value and necessity of these scholarship donations, event organizer and Strong Kids campaign chair Dave Powers said, is in getting kids off the couch. In his day, kids skinned knees and ate dirt, but today they watch JONAS and Shake it Up. Video games on the Nintendo Wii, he said, are better, but not good enough. Helping kids use the Y facilities is meant to keep them happy and healthy, socializing with peers, learning skills, and living a healthy lifestyle while fighting the rising scale of obesity. The tables in the lobby were packed with items for a silent auction. A “home and auto” table featured such items as a ready-for-roughness kids’ wagon from State Farm Insurance; an electric grill for “barbies” in the backyard from Ace Hardware; oils, lubes and filters from Mason Street Garage for enhanced efficiency; and wooden artistic accent pieces by Raymond DeBoer and Bill Frost. An entertainment and sports table bore things like a family pass from Frederik Meijer Gardens to reacquaint with the green stuff, and gift cards from Burton Chiropractic for when kids fall off their wagons. A “personal items” table offered a makeover with items including Hush Puppies shoes, CAT footwear, and gift cards from Wolverine World Wide; clothes and jewelry by Nancy Hager; and rings and a manicure and pedicure set from Laura Karston. A later live auction was held in a huge conference hall packed with reserved tables for the almost 250 attendees. Up for […]