In addition to raising $1.5 million for the Goshen, Ind., location of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County, the May 5 “Bids for Kids” Charity Auction & Dinner also managed to surprise the event’s longtime chairman Jason Lippert.
Lippert, president and CEO of Lippert Components Inc. (LCI), typically begins each auction by taking the stage to thank everyone for coming to the fundraiser and supporting the club which provides enrichment services and programs to help area youth reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. However, when Lippert reached the stage at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., the microphone was unexpectedly pulled from his hand.
Instead, he was thanked for his decade-long involvement not only in elevating the auction into the fundraising dynamo it has become but also in making a difference in the many young lives who benefit from the Boys & Girls Club. The tribute also included a video, in which several Boys & Girls Club “alumni” expressed their thanks to Lippert.
Lippert told RVBUSINESS.com he was completely caught off guard by the moment and especially touched by the video, adding he was humbled and thankful. He also wished to thank everyone who helped with the auction, as well as the people and companies who supported it, including a number of firms in the RV industry.
“We continue to be blessed by the numbers of people and companies who donate items and sponsors who help underwrite the event, and most importantly all the people who come,” Lippert said. “We get a lot of people who come not just from St. Joe and Elkhart counties, but from outside the counties. I’m just thankful that we have the same awesome business leaders and people in the community who come to support it year-in and year-out because it’s an important mission.
“A lot of these kids don’t have the means to get off to a successful start in life,” he continued. “The Boys & Girls Club staff and the board have the best interests of these kids in mind to give them the best chance possible to start the early part of their life in a positive direction.”