Diamonds aren't just a girl's best friend anymore.
The Child Advocacy Program will be holding its third annual Diamond Dinner Auction on Saturday at the Chautauqua Golf Club, located at 4731 West Lake Road, Chautauqua.
The dinner, which will use its proceeds to support the Child Advocacy Program, originally came about after executives from CAP met with the directors of other national child advocacy centers and found that they were using a similar method to raise funds for their programs.
CAP Board of Directors member Marcia Bliss speaks during a previous Diamond Dinner Auction.
"We decided to focus (our signature dinner) on the fact that children are more precious than diamonds," said Jana McDermott, CAP executive director. "It'll be a night of celebration and gratitude. Even though child abuse is a hard topic to deal with, we have a phenomenal program in Chautauqua County and a fantastic community that is supporting the program. This is more than just a fundraiser; it's a thank you to the community."
Tickets for the dinner start at $60, or two for $100. CAP is also offering sponsorship packages at several different levels for the event. For $300, a guest can become a "Pearl Sponsor," which includes two tickets to the event, a quarter-page ad in the event program, and their name on the sponsor recognition banner. For $500, attendees will be named a "Ruby Sponsor," which upgrades the quarter-page ad in the program to a half-page ad, and also puts their name in large print on the sponsor banner. $1,000 will give guests the title of "Emerald Sponsor," which includes four tickets to the event, a full-page color ad in the program, recognition by the master of ceremonies at the event and their name in large print on the sponsor banner. The highest level of sponsorship, "Diamond," costs $1,500, and entitles the sponsor to six event tickets, a full-page color ad in the program, recognition by the master of ceremonies, top billing on the sponsor banner, radio and print advertising mentions, and links on the CAP website.
According to McDermott, only a handful of the 200 tickets that were made available have been sold, so there are still opportunities for area residents to attend this dinner auction. All guests that purchase a ticket will automatically be entered to win a diamond ring, as well, valued at roughly $4,500.
The dinner auction also sports a long list of items that will be up for bid, including: a bed-and-breakfast weekend from Black Sheep B&B, located at Keuka Lake; a joint will package from Mike Goldman; $500 care package from Luv Toyota; rounds of golf from Shorewood Country Club, South Hills Country Club and Willow Run Country Club; dinner for eight at home provided by chefs from Chautauqua Institution; signed items from the Buffalo Bandits and Buffalo Sabres; spa packages from Forbici and Panache, a bike from the Jamestown Cycle Shop, a maintenance package from Ed Shults, gate passes and dinner gift certificates for Chautauqua Institution, wine and coffee baskets; a Weber grill from True Value; a gift certificate for driveway sealing from Lakeshore Paving; several paintings and more.
McDermott said that there will also be an announcement at the dinner to honor this year's "Champion of Children" honorees - area residents that go above and beyond the call of duty to care for and protect children, as well as be inspirations to others.
"In small communities like this, we have an opportunity to change culture because of the impact that we can have," said McDermott. "People are just really good to (CAP), donating everything from services and products to funding. It's great to have such community support."
For more information about the CAP Diamond Dinner Auction, visit www.capjustice.org or call 338-9844.