In 2 short days, Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Independent will host the 12th Annual Most Wanted Auction at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. Over the years this event has evolved into one of the top fundraisers, and most important events, that we hold all year. This year we’ve set an ambitious goal of $500,000, last year’s event brought in $430,000.
Each year a class of dynamic, charismatic, charitable, passionate, hard-working professionals are chosen as Kansas City’s Most Wanted Honorees. These Honorees are truly AMAZING. They are movers and shakers who are making a difference in their career and their community and they deserve to be recognized for the work they have already accomplished and for their ambitions that we are sure will be turning heads for years to come. Each year, the selected honorees are featured in the November issue of The Independent and are honored at the annual Most Wanted Auction.
After these Honorees are selected, they agree to work tirelessly to raise money online, sell sponsorships and secure both silent auction items and unique, once-in-a-lifetime live auction packages.
This year’s class is truly unbelievable; 31 absolutely incredible people who have dedicated the last 4 months helping Big Brothers Big Sisters raise $500,000. BIG shout out to our class of 2017 Honorees, we can NOT wait to celebrate with you on Saturday! If you’d like to support one of our Honorees and donate to their fundraising campaigns, click here.
Shhh...it’s silent. As I mentioned above our Honorees have secured some online, silent auction items that are up for bid right now! From now until Saturday at 7:30 you can bid on these items from the comfort of your home or office and snag some great items or experiences at a fraction of the price they would retail for. There’s sports memorabilia, tickets and experiences, artwork and photography, concert and event tickets, family entertainment packages, health and wellness items, home and beauty items, gift cards and retail items, travel packages and much, much more. It’s so easy to bid and it’s the perfect way to pick up some unique gifts for this holiday season. Check it out and bid, bid, bid.
Now for the info on the big night, this Saturday! We couldn’t be more excited. Not only does this event raise a ton of money for our agency but it’s one of the best end of year parties our city offers. It’s not your boring, stuffy, sit-down gala or auction. It’s a high-energy party with food, drinks and entertainment. There’s a few VIP and GA tickets still available so we hope you’ll grab some friends and join us for a great night. Purchase tickets here.
Now if you’re coming ready to bid then be prepared to be amazed. These live auction packages are nothing short of astonishing. You’ll have to check out the full list of package for yourself (link below) but spoiler alert ---- we’ve got….
SPORTS: To name a few, we’ve got the Pro-Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, multiple Golf packages and opportunities to play on some of the best courses in the country, Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC and KU packages that have never been done and are perfect for a group or family.
LOCAL: In you prefer to stay close to home, there’s plenty of local packages that include private culinary experiences, events in Kansas City, parties for you and all your friends, a unique Weston package for a weekend and media and advertising for your business.
TRAVEL: If you’re planning a trip in 2018, look no further all of these vacation packages come with extra-special opportunities that you wouldn’t be able to go out and buy yourself. There’s vacations to Vegas, Vail, Seattle, Washington DC, Florida, Hawaii, Palm Desert, Hilton Head, Riviera Maya, Alaska, Phoenix, New Orleans, NYC, Miami, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Montreal, and Ireland!!!
CELEBRITIES: We’ve got big celebrities, local celebrities, politicians, famous chefs and athletes who are offering up unique opportunities that will allow you to have unheard of access!
Be ready to bid because these packages likely won’t come around again. Click here to see the full list of live auction packages up for bid on Saturday night!
If you’re attending and not sure you’ll be able to bid, there will still be great opportunities for you to participate and help us reach our goal. We’ll be selling 150 Golden Tickets that evening. The Golden Tickets are $100 and the winner of the Golden Ticket will get to chose the auction package of their choice (some restrictions apply) before bidding begins! We’ll also be asking our audience for their support in funding our program through a one-time donation that we call Fund-A-Need. You’ll hear a heart-warming story of impact from a Big Sister and Little Sister. The story will really illustrate how your support is helping so many children in our community.
We’ve tried to put together an event that will leave you excited and inspired. Whether you are able to buy great gifts on our online auction, bid on once-in-a-lifetime auction packages live on Saturday evening, purchase tickets to attend the event and support us with a one-time donation or if you are supporting a hard-working Honoree by donating to their campaign….here’s what it comes down to, there are more than 400 children waiting for a Big in our city. These children need our help. By matching them with a mentor, we’ll be able to change the path of their life forever. They will be more likely to graduate, have successful careers, have a family, stay off of drugs and start a new way of looking at life and all it has to offer. You can do that, you ARE doing that. Thank you so much for your support! Now, we’re off to work on that $500,000 goal! Let’s do this!