Mentor league's fundraiser goes back to its roots
Students will be musical guests at 10th annual Bid & Benefit
The Tri-Village Mentor League will bring back an old tradition for its 10th annual Bid & Benefit event.
"Years ago, we would have student musicians providing the entertainment, and we're doing that again this year," Director Elisabeth Dilz said. "It just seems like an appropriate thing for our major fundraising event."
The four student musicians -- Luke Evans, Owen Hopper, Thomas Stanley and Mitchell Keller -- are all Grandview residents who attend Grandview Heights High School and/or Fort Hayes, Dilz said.
Bid & Benefit will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15 at Our Lady of Victory Parish Center, 1559 Roxbury Road in Marble Cliff.
The event's proceeds provide about half of the mentor league's annual budget, Dilz said.
"It's also a big celebration for us and a chance to help raise awareness in the community of the programs and services we provide," she said.
The evening includes food by Steven's Catering, a cash bar and a silent auction.
"The auction is really the main fundraising source of the evening," Dilz said. "We have a lot of great items up for bid, including Southwest Airlines tickets, the county commissioners' box for one evening at a Columbus Clippers game, Disney park tickets and lots of restaurant packages."
A driving session on the Honda test track in Marysville also will be up for bid, she said.
The cost to attend Bid & Benefit is $40 per person. Reservations are due Nov. 8 and can be made at http://tvmlbid2013.eventbrite.com or by calling the league's offices at 614-255-7942.
The Tri-Village Mentor League serves the Grandview, Upper Arlington and Marble Cliff communities.
It operates the Mentoring and More program, which matches high school student mentors with elementary-age youngsters.
"We have more than 50 high school students -- the most we've ever had -- and 32 elementary students -- which is our maximum number -- participating this year in our program in Grandview," Dilz said. "At Barrington Elementary in Upper Arlington, we have 30 high school and 25 elementary students participating."
The mentor league also provides funding to enable eligible students to attend the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation Summer Leadership Camps and a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, she said.
The mentor league's John Miller Scholarship Fund offers awards to graduating seniors in Grandview and Upper Arlington, Dilz said.