Tri-Village News

Auction major source of mentor league's funds


The Tri-Village Mentor League will host its ninth annual Bid & Benefit from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Our Lady of Victory Parish Center, 1559 Roxbury Road in Marble Cliff.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the mentor league and also helps to raise awareness of the organization's mission, Director Elisabeth Dilz said.

"It's an important event for us," Dilz said. "In the past, this event has accounted for almost half of the money we raise in a year."

Bid & Benefit features a silent auction offering a variety of items.

"We'll have some really great items up for bid, including a golf vacation rental on Pawley's Island in South Carolina; sports tickets, including Ohio State University basketball, the Clippers and the Columbus Blue Jackets (if they ever get back to playing hockey); sports memorabilia, including items signed by Archie Griffin; hotel and spa packages; restaurant packages; and gift items," Dilz said.

Another bid item will be dinner for up to 10 prepared by Steven Sims, one of the co-owners of Steven's Catering, which will provide food for Bid & Benefit.

"Along with the great food, we'll also have live piano music by John Popovich, a cash bar and a wine raffle," Dilz said. "It's a really fun, casual evening."

The cost is $40 per person. Reservations are due by Nov. 9 and can be made at the website, she said.

The Tri-Village Mentor League provides mentoring-related programs for school-age children, teens and adult volunteers in Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington, Dilz said.

The organization operates Mentoring and More, a weekly program at Stevenson Elementary School in Grandview and Barrington Elementary School in Upper Arlington that matches high school students with elementary-age youngsters.

"The older students mentor youngsters enrolled in the after-school childcare programs at the schools," Dilz said. "It's not a tutoring program. The older and younger students get together once a week to just talk, play games and spend some quality time together."

For many of the younger students who do not have older siblings, their teen mentors can serve as role models and positive influences, she said.

"It's really moving to see how quickly a bond develops between them," Dilz said. "At Barrington this year, there is one pair of students, elementary and high school, who discovered they both had moved away from Arlington, then moved back. That's an experience they were able to share and relate to each other."

The mentor league also provides funding to enable eligible youngsters to attend the Tim Horton's Children's Foundation Summer Leadership Camps and has a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, she said.

The organization's John Miller Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to graduating seniors in Grandview and Arlington, Dilz said.