Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota is shifting their annual Evening for Kids' Sake event to an online only auction on Saturday, March 14. On their website (bbbsofsouthernmn.org) they say, "It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to make this change to our biggest fundraiser in an attempt to protect the safety and well being of our guests, staff, and community."

As a positive aspect to the change, the organization points out that anyone, anywhere can bid. From the BBBS Facebook page, "We now have the capability to invite anyone who is interested  in participating. Please spread the word and share this with friends and family." Call 507-451-5922 with questions.

A highlight of the live auction is the Luxury Manzanillo package. The luxury home at the Casa de Sofia sleeps eight. The home features king suites, balconies, and an infinity pool. There are breathtaking ocean views, a short walk to a private beach, a personal chef, cleaning staff, and much more.

Go to the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota website to get registered. You will need to download the Givi app. Head to the website and get started. This auction is the biggest fundraising event for the organization. "We depend on your support to match local youth with positive role models that ignite, empower and defend their potential."

A huge number of silent auction items include a dessert package from Costa's Candies in Owatonna, a family fitness pass to West Hills Fitness Center, a family pack of games and event tickets, Minnesota Wild-themed table and bar stools, a wood-carved husky, a Minnesota Twins ticket package, a summer fun package that includes a trampoline park gift certificate, and a yeti cooler. See the full list.

Live auction is open 7 - 8:30 pm:

  • Disney's Frozen at the Orpheum in Minneapolis on May 16
  • Brews, Beats, and BBQ brewing experience for 50 guests (with music)
  • Lake of the Woods ice fishing excursion
  • A 7-day, 7-night trip to Arubu for two
  • Game night package of air hockey, foosball, and shuffleboard tables
  • 5-course chef-prepared dinner for eight
  • 3-night wine-tasting trip to Napa Valley
  • 7-day luxury vacation to Manzanillo, Mexico
  • see the full program & live auction list

The night also features the "Fund-a-Need" Auction which benefits youth whose parent or guardian is in prison.