Preparations are under way for the 23rd annual Rainbow Center Auction and Gala, and some big items have been donated for both the live and silent auction.

Preparations are under way for the 23rd annual Rainbow Center Auction and Gala, and some big items have been donated for both the live and silent auction.


“We have been getting a lot of donations, but we could always use more,” said Jill Calvert, the center’s director of development. “All of the planning has been coming along really well.”


The Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders opened in Blue Springs in 1977. It provides services to children and adults with special needs. The goal is to help those with developmental disabilities who need a more intensive therapy program within an academic environment.


The theme of this year’s auction is Beach Ball Bash. It’s one of the center’s main fundraisers, bringing in about $120,000. Proceeds go to the daily operations for the Rainbow Center that are not paid for through grants or restricted gifts such as utilities, supplies, maintenance and fuel costs.


“When you have a certain number plugged into the budget and then you don’t pull the event off, it means a lot of programs and services cannot be provided,” Calvert said. “This is a crucial event for us because we have so many specialized programs and services that we offer.”


Donated items include a week’s stay in a Hawaiian home, Disney World tickets and a Plaza shopping spree. Calvert said they are still in need of auction items, especially those that appeal to men, such as tool sets and sports memorabilia. Items can be donated up to about one week prior to the event.


The silent auction begins at 7:30 p.m. April 21 with dinner and the program at Riverport Landing, 6711 N.E. Birmingham Road in Kansas City. It is followed by the live auction, which begins at 8:30 p.m.


Tickets are $85 per person. Corporate and sponsored tables of 10 also start at $1,000 each. Becoming Friends of Rainbow, which includes two seats, is $250. The registration deadline is April 6.


“I really look forward to seeing how many people are out there truly supporting the programs we offer,” Calvert said. “This money goes toward the support of the children and adults we serve. It helps provide anything from additional therapies for our students to putting fuel in the vehicles. This event is very important to everything we do here.”


For more information, call the Rainbow Center at 816-229-3869. Registration and information as well as making a donation is also available at www.rainbow-center.org.