The TriVillage Mentor League is counting on local residents to lend a hand during its biggest annual fundraiser.

The TriVillage Mentor League is counting on local residents to lend a hand during its biggest annual fundraiser.

The league's 12th annual Bid & Benefit event is set from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 20 at Our Lady of Victory Parish Center, 1559 Roxbury Road in Marble Cliff.

"Bid & Benefit serves as our major fundraiser," league Director Elisabeth Dilz said. "The proceeds provide about half of our annual operating budget."

In addition to raising funds, the event also serves to raise awareness for the league's mentoring programs in Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington, she said.

The casual event features food from Steven's Catering, as well as a silent auction and cash bar.

"We have a really great lineup of auction items, including a lake house stay on Catawba Island, seats to a Columbus Clippers game in the Franklin County Commissioners box at Huntington Park, and Disney World Park Hopper passes," Dilz said.

Bidders also can vie for a Grandview Yard package that includes dinner and a hotel stay; Ohio State University football memorabilia; and jewelry and gift items, she said.

"We have also have a number of Tri-Village residents who have donated handcrafted items or offered home-cooked meals, and a performance by the Poor House Rockers, a local Grandview band, will also be part of the auction again," Dilz said.

The evening will include music by the Andy Launer Trio, featuring Andy and Jack Launer and Diane Wooten.

The cost for Bid & Benefit is $45 per person. Reservations may be made at or by calling 614-255-7942.

Reservations should be made by Nov. 13, Dilz said.

"What's wonderful about this event is the support we get from the entire Tri-Village community," she said.

The mentor league was established 20 years ago as a joint project of the Grandview and Upper Arlington city attorneys offices with a mission to provide positive youth programming.

"We have been a nonprofit organization for two decades, but our program has changed a bit over the years," Dilz said. "Under the leadership of Hayley Head, the mentor league partnered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters to provide adult volunteer mentors."

The league still provides volunteers for Big Brothers, but its primary focus now is on its Mentoring & More program, she said.

"It's a school mentoring program that matches high school students with elementary students," Dilz said. "We have more than 70 high school students from Grandview and Upper Arlington who volunteer as mentors to the younger students."

The program is hosted at Stevenson Elementary School in Grandview and has expanded to Barrington and Greensview elementary schools in Upper Arlington.

Last year, the mentor league also provided six high school seniors who participated in the mentoring program with $500 scholarships, Dilz said.