Although next month's Bid & Benefit serves as the Tri- Village Mentor League's major fundraiser, the organization will get a helping hand in October.

Although next month's Bid & Benefit serves as the Tri- Village Mentor League's major fundraiser, the organization will get a helping hand in October.

GETDOT, a Columbus-based networking organization, has selected the mentor league as the beneficiary of its next special event, an Oktoberfest celebration set Oct. 27 at the Land-Grant Brewing Company, 424 W. Town St.

The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. and will include a raffle and live auction, with the proceeds donated to the mentor league.

"Each month they selected a local organization as their beneficiary," said Bryan Stork, a league board member. "We're grateful for their support."

It will be a warmup for the mentor league's own event.

The 13th annual Bid & Benefit will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 18 at Our Lady of Victory Parish Center, 1559 Roxbury Road in Marble Cliff.

The casual event will feature food from Steven's Catering, a silent auction and cash bar.

"The theme of this year's event is 'Let Your Mentor be Your Guide,' " Stork said.

The silent auction will include the chance to bid on hand-crafted canoes, vacation and sports packages, gift cards and other items donated by local businesses and residents, he said.

Cost is $50 per person; reservations may be made through Nov. 11 at TVMLbid2016. eventbrite.com.

Mentoring is truly the focus of the organization, Stork said.

"Everything we do is wrapped up in creating those special connections for children in the Tri-Village area," he said.

The mentor league works with Big Brothers Big Sisters to match children with adult mentors and partners with the Tim Horton Children's Foundation to send youngsters to summer camp.

Its main program is the Mentoring & More after-school program, held Mondays at Stevenson Elementary School in Grandview, Tuesdays at Barrington Elementary School in Upper Arlington, and Thursdays at UA's Greensview Elementary School.

"The weekly mentoring program at Stevenson is the highlight of my week," Stork said. "We have about 45 to 50 elementary and 45 to 50 high school students participate.

"To see the two age groups interact in such a positive setting -- it's fantastic," he said. "The great thing is that I think the high school students grow as much from the experience as the younger kids."

"It's a fabulous program," said Colleen Adkinson, director of Grandview schools' child-care program.

"We began this year's mentoring program (Oct. 10) and it's so wonderful to see our elementary students interacting with mentors one on one. The high school students are someone they can look up to and who can serve as role models for them."

The weekly sessions last an hour and include both indoor and outdoor activities, she said.

"One of the chief missions of our child-care program is to make sure every child gets one-on-one attention, because every child is unique," Adkinson said. "The high school mentors help us fulfill that mission."

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