Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Meghan Ross

In one record-set­ting night, the In­dian Val­ley BRyV & GLUOV &OuE UDLVHd more than a half mil­lion dol­lars through its an­nual auc­tion Sept. 27, ac­cord­ing to CEO Bob Kreamer.

Close to 100 peo­ple at­tended the event, which is in line with the av­er­age num­ber of peo­ple to at­tend — 90 to 130 — ac­cord­ing to DirecWRU 0DWWKHw GRdVKDOO. 7KH club tried to in­vite a wide range of busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als in the community who ei­ther showed in­ter­est or would maybe be able to help the club out, ac­cord­ing WR GRdVKDOO.

Kreamer said that a few groups made the auc­tion re­ally gain mo­men­tum. Two of the main con­trib­u­tors were The Cle­mens Fam­ily Cor­po­ra­tions and Lon­gacre Fam­ily Char­i­ta­ble Fund.

“The community stepped up and showed where their KHDUW LV,” GRdVKDOO VDLd.

Sandy Alder­fer and Ver­non Martin of Alder­fer Auc­tion & Ap­praisal helped auc­tion off the do­nated items.

“Those guys do an un- be­liev­able job,” Kreamer said.

Some of the do­nated items in­cluded sports mem­o­ra­bilia, tick­ets to shows, elec­tron­ics, va­ca­tion get­aways and jew­elry, ac­cordLnJ WR GRdVKDOO. GRdVKDOO also said at­ten­dees could spon­sor one youth to go to the club’s sum­mer help pro­gram, which costs $1,000, or they could do­nate $100 to give one youth a chance to go to the sum­mer camp for one week.

GRdVKDOO VDLd WKH RUJDnLza­tion has held an an­nual auc­tion since its in­cep­tion in 2005. He said each year, the In­dian Val­ley Boys & GLUOV &OuE KDV EHHn DEOH WR in­crease the num­ber of dol­lars it re­ceives through the auc­tion.

“This is the sec­ond year in a row that the auc­tion has been phe­nom­e­nal,” Kreamer said. “It ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions.”

6RPH RI WKH BRyV & GLUOV Club mem­bers were present at the event, act­ing as youth vol­un­teers.

The In­dian Val­ley Boys & GLUOV &OuE, D FKDSWHU RI the North Penn Val­ley Boys & GLUOV &OuE, RSHnHd LWV doors July 1, 2005, ac­cord­ing to Kreamer. The club of­fers af­ter-school home­work as­sis­tance, sports and re­cre­ation, char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship ac­tiv­i­ties and health and art pro­grams. Any youth ages 6 to 18 can be a part of the Boys & GLUOV &OuE IRU $20 D yHDU, and spon­sor­ships are avail­able to mem­bers if they need as­sis­tance.

About 75 kids are in­volved in the af­ter-school home­work as­sis­tance pro­gram in the In­dian Val­ley club. Around 150 to 200 kids are in daily at­ten­dance at the club. The adults help­ing with the pro­grams are a mix­ture of hired work­ers and vol­un­teers.

GRdVKDOO VDLd KH EHOLHvHV the club of­fers pos­i­tive av­enues to give kids some- thing pro­duc­tive to do.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to have a safe place to go,” GRdVKDOO VDLd.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the In­dian Val­ley BRyV & GLUOV &OuE, ORFDWHd at 115 Wash­ing­ton Ave. in Soud­er­ton, visit www.npv­club.org.

Sub­mit­ted photo by Rachel Hag­gerty

Ge­orge Shipp, the Boys & Girls Club’s Penn­syl­va­nia Youth of the Year, stands with North Penn Val­ley Boys & Girls Club CEO Bob Kreamer at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s auc­tion Sept. 27.

Sub­mit­ted photo by Rachel Hag­gerty

At­ten­dees ex­plore items up for bid. the

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