Groundbreaking set for Oct. 14 on new facility |

Groundbreaking set for Oct. 14 on new facility

BRAD HORN/Nevada Appeal Conrad Buedel, of Minden, plays a pinball machine at the 12th annual Kids Auction and Worlds Greatest BBQ at the Pony Express Pavilion at Mills Park on Saturday. The proceeds raised benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada.

Saturday’s Boys & Girls Club annual auction raised more than $250,000 to help fund operations this coming year.

Development Director Kristie Traver said she didn’t have a final total yet but that it appears they easily passed last year’s record of $226,000.

“We did really well,” she said noting that many of the big items such as a 1979 VW Beetle convertible went for more than they were appraised for. The white VW sold for $11,000 and a 1929 Chevrolet sedan for more than $8,000.

And club officials closed the night by announcing they will break ground Oct. 14 on the new Boys & Girls Club facility on Russell Way. The 12,500 square foot first phase of that project will cost about $2.5 million.

When completed, the entire facility will be nearly 40,000 square feet including a gym and cafeteria. But Traver said even phase one has more space than their current facility, which is only 7,000 square feet.

The auction was a sell out with some 900 people buying tickets at prices ranging from $100 to $250. But for that, participants at the Pony Express Pavilion also enjoyed what organizers modestly dubbed the “world’s greatest barbecue” and an evening concert featuring country singer Lee Greenwood.

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Greenwood closed out the show at 9 p.m., singing his signature hit “God Bless the USA.”

Among the other big items sold were two power boats, a Harley-Davidson Sportster, two Kawasaki Jet Ski’s complete with trailer, tickets to the Rolling Stones-Metallica concert, a 42-inch big-screen TV and four tickets to a 49ers game including airfare, hotel and spending money.

Traver said a complete accounting of everything sold and the total received will take several days.

– Contact reporter Geoff Dornan at or 687-8750.