BOOST Bash called a ‘smashing’ success

A sold-out crowd enjoyed the first BOOST Bash Saturday at Wild Rose Casino.

The inaugural BOOST Bash, held Saturday in the Greene Room at Wild Rose Casino, was a huge success, raising more than $40,000 to support the educational endeavors of teachers and students in the Greene County school district.

Tickets for the gala sold out. More than 300 persons had a pasta dinner, served without dessert. Sixteen desserts made by some of the county’s finest bakers were auctioned after the dinner.  Auctioneer Kevin Lentz coaxed about $8,000 from diners for the sweet finish to their meal.

A silent auction began during the social hour and ended before the dessert auction began. All bidding in the silent auction was done online. That proved not to be an obstacle for most attendees.

Bidders were just getting warmed up during the dessert auction. Eighteen items ranging from “priceless” items like a work crew of football players and Christmas caroling by the high school jazz choir, to a pair of tickets to the musical “Hamilton” and an overnight stay in Des Moines were auctioned to the highest bidder. Most of the priced items were sold for more than market value.

Teachers Kevin Paulsen and Kevin Richards served as emcees for the evening. Chris Deal and Steve and Julie Karber, members of the BOOST committee, made brief comments before the auction began.

The committee thanked all who were part of making the inaugural BOOST Bash “a smashing success.”


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