The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica (SMBGC) is seeking the help of individuals and businesses to donate items for auction for its upcoming 40th annual Great Futures Gala to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13th at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. This year’s event honors Jim Jonassen, executive recruiter, and celebrates the 4,000-plus youth whose lives are enriched each day by SMBGC. The gala is the Club’s largest fundraiser and all proceeds support the many services and programs the Club provides through 10 clubs sites within Santa Monica and Culver City.

“The Great Futures Gala this year will honor our wonderful Club supporter, Jim Jonassen,” said Tim Blaylock, president and chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica. “We invite businesses, corporations, Club alumni, parents of members, and people from all over Westside and Los Angeles to help us help kids and honor Jim through donations that support the well-being of children, our community’s most precious asset.”

The Club seeks community support through donations of items for auction at the event such as trips, tours, wine, gift baskets, furniture, restaurant vouchers, jewelry, timeshares, home improvement items and gift certificates. Those who are unable to donate an item can make a tax-deductible donation in cash to support a youth or an entire program. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available. All donors receive a tax deduction for the market value of the item they donate, and will be recognized by name (unless they choose anonymity) in the auction program.

For more information or to submit an auction item or donation, contact Caitlin Obringer at or call (310) 361-8500.

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