LOGAN — Saturday, the Bids & Brews Benefit was held for the benefit of the Hocking Valley Community Hospital Foundation. Silent and live auctions, food trucks, live music and beverages all contributed to a night of entertainment and success for the Foundation.
The Hocking Valley community is very fortunate to have a local hospital and this event showcased so much passion towards ensuring the hospital continues to thrive and provide much needed services to residents.
HVCH staff and volunteers really put on a show and impressed the hundreds of attendees through their very organized event planning and execution of a well run evening, raising a gross total of approximately $40,000 in raffles and auction items!
Traditionally, this event is part of an annual golf outing held at the Hocking Hills Golf Club. This is the first year the auction has been separated from the golf outing and transformed into its own fundraising event.
“As our auction has continued to grow each year, it was time to think outside of the box for new ideas and opportunities to allow for greater participation,” said Latricia Johnston, Chief Public Relations Officer.
“Early on, the committee decided to host a golf outing during the middle of the week to allow for more vendors to enjoy the event without need for working a weekend day to attend. And, when the family of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Shaw graciously offered their large facility for our annual charitable auction, it just all came together,” she added.
“The new location allowed for the dynamics and ambiance to take on an entirely different style, appealing to an audience of all ages. Thus, the new Bids & Brews Benefit was birthed. The large stage at the Hangar opened up the addition of a concert by Shucking Bubba Deluxe, permitting guests to mingle with friends and dance into the early morning hours.
“Honestly, following the event, our emails, text messages and phones were blowing up with accolades and interest in next year’s event. But, we know that we could not accomplish what just happened without the help of many. From those who provided items for auction, to those who gave up part of their daily world for a while to help volunteer before, during and after the event, thank you seems so insufficient for all that was done to support Hocking Valley Community Hospital and Foundation at this event. Plans have already started for 2020 Bids & Brews Benefit at the Hangar and we can hardly wait for everyone to learn what next year holds,” she continued.
Not only was the event possible through the hard work of the volunteers and HVCH staff, but also largely due to the event’s sponsors.
“Once again the community rallied behind our event with several new organizations and individual sponsors jumping on board with our 2019 Partnership Program,” Johnston said.
Special thanks is given to all of the sponsors of the event.
Johnston shares, “We also had partners in other ways. I could go on and on listing how the community came around us this year, but in short, it was simply amazing. We have so much gratitude to everyone.”
One notable mention about the event was the location. Roger Shaw and his family donated the use of their venue, the Hangar, to the hospital for this event.
HVCH President and CEO, Stacy Gabriel, commented, “I could not be more happy with the turnout that we had for our event this past week. The support from the community was overwhelming, and it was great to see so many people in attendance. There are not enough words to express my sincere appreciation to all those who were involved in the planning and preparation for the 2019 HVCH Foundation Auction. We are looking forward to planning for 2020.”